Elizabethtown Meadows

In 2011, the Truckee Donner Land Trust closed on this 152-acre property off State Route 267 across from the entrance to Northstar California™. The Middle Fork of Martis Creek, a year round stream, runs for nearly a mile through the property. The property consists of Jeffrey Pine forest uplands and three large mountain meadows. In 2014 and 2015 the Land Trust in partnership with the Truckee River Watershed Council will complete a restoration of meadows impacted by legacy logging roads, and will construct a new trail linking Waddle Ranch Preserve with a new trail head at State Route 267. Key partners in the acquisition include the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, The Northern Sierra Partnership, Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, Sierra Watch, the Truckee River Watershed Council, and East West Partners.

COOL FACTOR

For two years in the 1870s, Elizabethtown Meadows was a booming silver rush town.

WHAT TO DO THERE

  • Wander through the meadow and see how many species of wildflowers you can find
  • Look for birds
  • Enjoy views of the Pacific Crest

HOW TO GET THERE

Currently, there is no parking or trailhead access for Elizabethtown Meadows, although work to provide this access is underway. In addition, the connector trail from Waddle Ranch Preserve is under construction with completion scheduled for October 2015.

RULES, REGULATIONS, GOOD TO KNOW

  • When complete, the connector trail to Waddle Ranch Preserve will be open to hiking, running, bicycling, and non-motorized winter use
  • Unauthorized motorized vehicles of any kind are strictly prohibited
  • Fishing, hunting and discharging firearms are prohibited
  • Fires of any kind, including camp stoves and smoking, are prohibited
  • Open for day use only

OTHER LAND TRUST PROPERTIES IN THE AREA

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