2018 Summer Hiking Series

The Land Trust is proud of our accompishments 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 11 of our properities this summer.  Explore Lower Carpenter Valley, Royal Gorge Rim Trail-Point Mariah, Lacey Meadows, Mt. Lola, Donner Summit Canyon, Elizabethtown Meadows, Perazzo Meadows, Farad/Fleisch, Castle Valley, Glacier Way to Drifter Hut, and Royal Gorge Rim Trail-Rowton.  Registration for these hikes is now open.   View the full calendar of 2018 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

Families with small children might love the shorter and slower special hikes designed to allow for play time on the hike on July 7 and again on July 29.

Want to cruise the Carpenter Valley on your mountain bike?  We are  planning a  mountain bike tour on Saturday September 15-- register for this special event


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.   Register here to join us Saturday August 25 for our annual hike to Point Mariah.


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 Sunday July 29 for our hike through Lacey Valley.  Families with small children may enjoy our slower and shorter special hike with playtime along the trail on Saturday August 4.


Mount Lola 

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 16 to summit Mount Lola.


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 meadows

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. Join us on Saturday September 29 by registering here.



Photo Credit: Elizabeth Carmel

Join us on a 3 mile round trip easy hike on the bluffs above the Little Truckee River.  The surrounding meadows host beautiful wildflower displays . This property sustains a number of rare species and plays a vital role in the Truckee River Watershed. Check out the hike schedule for Perazzo Meadows and register here.

farad - fleish

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 is iintended to eventually connect Lake Tahoe with Pyramid Lake .  The hike is an fairly level 7 mile round trip hike.   Join us on Saturday, June 16 or Saturday October 6 for this hike.


castle valley

Photo credit : Dick Simpson

This high elevation hike starts at Castle Valley and ends at Frog Lake Cliffs with a stunning view of Frog Lake.  This is a strenuous 6 mile round trip hike with a 1700 elevation gain and loss.  We can work in a possible detour to Summit Lake if the legs are willing.  The first part of this hike is level forest followed by steep uphills, with views of Truckee, Donner Summit, Castle Peak and Sierra Buttes.  Pack a lunch to enjoy while we are enjoying the view of Frog Lake  More details on the Sunday July 22 hike and registration are available here!


glacier way to drifter hut

Photo credit: Susan Johnson

Enjoy an evening stroll on a gravel path with gradual inclines to the delightful outlook overlooking Donner Lake on July 20 (register here) or under full moon on August 11 (register here).  This is an easy hike that rewards you with amazing views.  

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 on Saturday  July 14 by registering here.