2019 Summer Hiking Series

The Land Trust is proud of the accomplishments achieved during our 25+ years.  We are delighted to showcase some of the properties we have protected and preserved due to the generosity of our supporters and partners.   Join us for a hike this summer!  

We are offering 40+ free docent led hikes at 12 of our properities this summer.  Explore Lower Carpenter Valley, Donner Lake Rim Trail, Frog Lake CliffsRoyal Gorge Rim Trail-Point Mariah, Mt. Lola and Coldstream Meadow, Donner Summit Canyon, Elizabethtown Meadows, Lacey Meadows, Farad/Fleisch, Johnson Canyon, and Royal Gorge Rim Trail-Rowton.  Registration for these hikes is now open.   

View the full calendar of 2019 hikes.  

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Lower Carpenter Valley

Photo credit: Kevin Starr

Unlike our other properties, access to Lower Carpenter Valley is only available on 5 mile moderate docent-led hikes this summer while we work to install trails and parking to better protect this hotspot for biodiversity. Check out the schedule for hikes in Lower Carpenter Valley and register here

 

 

Royal Gorge rim trail - point mariah

Photo credit: Susan Johnson

This 6.5 mile moderately strenuous hike shows off  beautiful views of Devil’s Peak and Snow Mountain and  fabulous views down into the Royal Gorge of the North Fork of the American River and the surrounding wilderness.  This hike includes time at the point to enjoy a picnic or snacks.   Check out the schedule and register for this premier hike.

 

Lacey meadowS

Photo credit: Elizabeth Carmel

We love the wildflowers and many species of birds on the easy 7.1 mile round trip on Lacey Valley Trail.   It crosses through two large meadows, Lower Lacey Meadow and Upper Lacey Meadows. Register here to join us on Saturday June 29 for our hike through Lacey Meadows.  

Here is a unique opportunity to learn more about Lacey Meadows. After a week of hands-on studying in the field, 8th to 12th grade participants in the Headwaters Girls Summer Science Camp will be stationed throughout the meadow to present what they’ve learned about ecology and hydrology. This will be a great way to learn more about the landscape of Lacey Meadow and Webber Lake, AND to help support the next generation of stewards and scientists!  Register here to join us on this one-of-a-kind hike Friday, July 19.

 

Mount Lola And Coldstream Meadow

Photo credit: Geoff Griffin

Mount Lola is the highest point in Nevada County!   The panoramic views from the summit at 9,147 feet  include the Sierra Crest and Independence Lake.   Along the way, you’ll pass through Cold Stream Meadow, a wildflower lover’s dream.   You’ll get plenty of exercise on this 11 mile round trip strenuous hike with a total elevation gain of about 2500 feet.   Register here to join us Sunday September 8 to summit Mount Lola.

 

Frog Lake Cliffs

Photo credit: Helen Pelster

Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a hike along the Warren Lake Trail to enjoy views of the sheer cliffs above Frog Lake. This is a moderate to difficult out and back 6 mile hike.Register here to join us for a hike to the overlook over Frog Lake.  

 

Donner Summit Canyon 

Photo credit: Kathy Englar

 

The trail up the Donner Summit canyon follows much of the old Dutch Flat/Donner Lake Wagon Road, which later served as the Lincoln Highway.   There is lots of history on this moderately strenuous 6 mile round trip hike with 1000 feet of elevation gain.   See Native American petroglyphs, the China Wall, and the world’s first automobile underpass (1913).  Check out the schedule for the Donner Summit Canyon Hikes and register here.

 

elizabethtown meadow

Photo credit: Kevin Starr

Come with us on a 5 mile round trip easy stroll along the Middle Fork of Martis Creek  through Jeffrey Pine forest uplands and three large mountain meadows.  For two years in the 1870s, this area was a booming silver rush town. You can wander through the meadow and see how many species of wildflowers and birds you can spot while enjoying views of the Pacific Crest. Check out the schedule and register here for a trip to Elizabethtown Meadow

 

Johnson Canyon

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Carmel

Join us on an almost 3 mile round trip moderately easy hike through Johnson Canyon, which is the home of the headwaters of Gregory Creek, an important tributary of Donner Lake.  The trail provides an incredibly scenic route for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers to connect with the Donner Lake Rim Trail. Johnson Canyon is a popular site for wildlife and wildflower viewing. This property sustains a number of rare species and plays a vital role in the Truckee River Watershed. Check out the hike schedule for Johnson Canyon and register here.

 

farad - fleish Bridge

Photo credit: Sandy Golze

This hike is recently completed link in the beautiful Truckee River Canyon, so different from the one you usually see as you travel back and forth on I-80 from Truckee to Reno.  This hike includes a fun walk over the Fleish suspension bridge, which is suspended over a huge pool and sways and bounces as you travel across it.   This trail includes  a view of River Rock, a popular climbing spot for Reno and Truckee's climbing communities. It is part of the planned Tahoe Pyramid trail, which will eventually connect Lake Tahoe with Pyramid Lake .  The hike is an fairly level 7 mile round trip hike.   Check out the Farad to Fleish hikes and register here.  

 

Waddle Ranch Preserve

Photo credit : Elizabeth Carmel

Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Waddle Ranch Preserve.  Located in the heart of Martis Valley near Truckee, Waddle Ranch Preserve was home to indigenous people. Artifacts left by the Martis people are estimated to be two to three thousand years old. More recently, the Washoe Indian Tribe used the valley as a summer encampment until the 1910s.  This hike is approximately six miles round-trip with moderate elevation gains; moderate difficulty due to uneven terrain, and elevation gain; approximately 4 hours round trip. More details on and registration for the hkes into Waddle Ranch Preserve are available here.

 

Donner Lake Rim Trail

 

Enjoy a stroll on a gravel path with gradual inclines to the delightful outlook overlooking Donner Lake, This is an easy hike that rewards you with amazing views.  You can learn more and register for a hike on one of segments of the Donner Lake Rim Trail here.

 

Royal gorge rim trail - rowton

Photo credit: John Svahn

This moderately strenuous 4 mile hike is an exploration of the Royal Gorge Rim Trail to Rowton arches. The hike passes  through several wildflower and bird areas, offers expansive views of the Pacific Crest and the Granite Chief Wilderness, and you will see some impressive volcanic geology. The views from the ridgeline make the two-mile climb more than worthwhile.  Join the adventure by registering here.