Truckee Hiking -
A Hiker's Paradise!

Truckee Hiking is outstanding!

Hiking at High Camp Squaw Valley in Spring

There are so many Truckee Hiking trails to explore in Truckee, and the surrounding Lake Tahoe area, that offer trails for the beginning hikers to the advanced hikers.

A list of the most common trails can be found below. Information will be coming shortly on the specifics of each hike.

Truckee Hiking Trails

Here is a list of the Best known trails in the Truckee area that the Truckee Travel Guide will cover in detail:

  • Castle Peak
  • Coldstream Canyon
  • Donner Lake Rim Trail
  • Donner Memorial State Park
  • Donner Summit Petroglyphs
  • Emigrant Trail
  • Five Lakes
  • Glacier Meadow Loop Trail
  • Glenshire Lake Trail
  • Heath Falls
  • Hole in the Ground
  • Kyburz Flat
  • Lakeshore Interpretive Trail
  • Loch Leven Lakes
  • Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail
  • Martis Creek Wildlife Area Trail
  • Martis Peak Hike
  • Mt. Juddah Loop
  • Northstar Mountain Bike Park
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail (S of I-80 to Mt. Judah)
  • Pacific Crest Trail (Summit to S Valley)
  • Sagehen Meadows
  • Sawtooth Trail
  • Shirley Canyon (Squaw Creek)
  • Tahoe Donner Trails
  • Truckee River Legacy Trail
  • Waddue Ranch Trail System
  • Watson Lake
  • Webber Falls

Above is the 1 mile Lakeshore Interpretive Trail which parallels Donner Lake in the Donner Memorial State Park.

Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails

Here are some great hikes at Lake Tahoe: (video's are provided on each of these hikes with amazing scenery and views!)

  • Tahoe Rim Trail - Free Guided Hikes are available in Summer! Sign up on their website!
Cascade Creek Falls Trails

Cascade Creek Falls Trail

Eagle Falls Trail at Lake Tahoe, CA

Eagle Falls Trail

Hiking Supplies

Preparing for your Truckee Hike - What Supplies to Bring?

This list will give the basics for a "Day Hike". (Additional details will be provided) Longer Hikes will need additional equipment which will be detailed in the Truckee Backpacking section of this website.

Here are the Essentials for a Day Hike:

  • Backpack
  • Batteries
  • Bug Spray
  • Camera
  • Cell Phone
  • Compass or GPS (or both!)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Food
  • Hat or Visor
  • Hiking Boots
  • Identification
  • Matches
  • Pocket Knife
  • Proper Clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Toilet Paper
  • Truckee and Tahoe Hiking Trail Maps
  • Water & Water Purification Device
  • Whistle

Hiking Safety Precautions

Hiking Safety Precautions:

  • Don't go alone! The rule "There is safety in numbers" applies!
  • Always let someone know where you are going, and when you will be expected back.
  • Fire Safety is important - be careful if you smoke, or have to build a Fire! Make sure that you check to see if fires are allowed in the area that you are hiking or camping in.
  • Remember that this is the wilderness - know what to do in case you run into a Bear or Mountain Lion! (details coming soon, on what to do and what not to do)

General Hiking Rules

General Hiking Rules:

  • Be Prepared!
  • Leave the environment the way you found it - Do not leave trash behind!
  • If you take a dog with you, pick up after it!

Pet Friendly Hiking

  • Northstar Hiking During the summer, dogs are welcome to ride the Northstar Gondola and hike with guests while on leash in the Mountain Biking & Hiking Park. The Village at Northstar is very dog friendly, as I recently found out at the Amgen Tour of California Wine Walk at Northstar. (I highly recommend any Truckee Activity that has the word "Wine" in it!)
  • Palisades Tahoe Hiking Here is Squaw Valley's current dog policy (as of 6/5/11): You are welcome to bring your dog with you on your hike at Squaw Valley. Please be sure to bring a leash as all dogs must be leashed while riding in the Cable Car and inside any buildings or facilities. There is no charge for dogs on the Cable Car. Once at High Camp, your dog is welcome on the hiking trails, however, dogs are not permitted at the roller skating rink and pool, nor in any restaurants. We ask that you use your best judgment in leashing them on the trails.

Additional Information

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