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trail running
2 months ago

I love running by the river. Sealed path is nice to get in a rhythm and enjoy.
I ran it as a there and back (about 14-15 miles). WARNING if you do and start in squaw the last two miles will be up hill. I didn't realize until it was too late

mountain biking
2 months ago

We had a great time on this bike ride. My 2.5 year old son, my husband, and myself (7 months pregnant) did about 1.5 miles of it before we turned around due to rain. We weren’t sure how to find it though and where to park. We asked a local and they just built a new bridge from the transit center parking to the trail. So park at the transit center and you’re set!

Very quiet area. Didn't see anyone else except on the first and last part of the trail that also goes to the falls. Lake is not the most beautiful but we enjoyed it and took a refreshing swim in it.

Fantastic trail!! We ride from River Ranch down to Sunnyside for lunch then back. pretty good ride for the whole family with beautiful scenery!

on Truckee River Trail

4 months ago

Beautiful views of the truckee river. This is more for biking then for hiking. My kids handled the path pretty well.

I wasn't able to reach the trail. I drove halfway through the gravel/ dirt road and decided to turn around because of how much my little chevy was struggling. There was an immense amount of gravel and pot holes about 3 feet deep. The description says that 4wd isn't necessary but the road that leads to the trail definitely has not been up kept in a while.

Okay for a bike, not so much for walking. Next to the highway, not so close to the river.

6 months ago

Awesome hike! You gotta drive on a gravel road for awhile to get there. The begging of the hike had a lot of overgrown brush. There’s also a few fallen trees you gotta climb over or under. Saw two different types of snakes. There was absolutely nobody else on the trail the whole time we were there. Although it’s not a long hike it does take longer then usual to finish. I think it took more than 2 hours to get down. It’s quite a reward when you get down to the river. Spent a little bit of time down there jumping on rocks and going in the cold river. Took a water filter with us so we could just drink the river water. There’s nothing better than hiking something challenging with a nice reward.

8 months ago

Great place

9 months ago

Beautiful little lake at the bend of the loop, beautiful views all around

road biking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

we took this trail specifically to bike. It is right next to the road, so being aware of that is important. despite that, it is beautiful along the river and there are places to stop and enjoy the view. I would not recommend this for walkers/hikers. It is pretty dominated by bikes and the path isn't super wide. if you jog or run you can keep up with the flow. it was just workable enough for our six year old to handle on his bike, although being on part of the busy road due to construction gave us some pause.

mountain biking
Monday, October 16, 2017

This is the longer option for those interested in taking in some of Tahoe City, the lake, and both the Truckee River and Squaw Valley bike trail systems. It's a great ride! You go through town a bit then head over the dam and downriver taking in the splendid sites of the Truckee River. Eventually we came to the Squaw Valley entrance and continued up to the ski resort where a jeep race was mustering. It was cool, an all-women event, racing jeeps overland and back country down to San Diego. You return the same way.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

We took a variation of the All Trails Gray Eagle Creek/Waterfalls hike and turned it into a loop including Smith Creek and Smith Lake. This ended up being a fairly strenuous hike, at least more so than we had counted on. After starting on the Gray Eagle Creek trail we took the cut off that goes over to the Smith Creek trail. This trail goes up and over a ridge with a few nice views on the way. Then we walked toward Smith Lake on the Smith Creek trail - upstream and uphill all the way through forested area. The Creek is pretty as it tumbles down with several small cascading falls but it would have been prettier if we had seen them walking downhill. We side tripped to Smith Lake then came back and crossed the bridge and went down the Smith Lake trail to the parking area not far from Gray Eagle lodge, picked up the Gray Eagle Creek trail to head back to where we started. Great views of the area from the top of the Smith Lake trail. If I were to do it again I'd make it a point to point by taking the Smith Lake trail up to the lake and the Smith Creek trail all the way to Mohawk/Plumas Pines.

Friday, July 07, 2017

It's a paved trail that's more that lightly trafficked. We took the trail with our two kids and German Shepherd and instead of looking at the scenery we had to constantly pay attention to bikes so we could move out of their way.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice trail and lots to see. Not too bad of a hike and well worth the trip. The access road to Silver Lake could definitely use some maintenance. Lots of ruts and rocks. No ok for small cars with no clearance. When you reach Gold lake I advise to camp around the east side of the lake as you won't be bothered by day hikers coming up from the car campgrounds at Silver Lake. All in all a good trip

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Very exhausting, down hill all the way there and up hill all the way back. A good hike none the less. Pack bug spray and lots of water!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Was an easy walk with paved trail. Was a good starter walk to get vacationers acclimated to the altitude.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Challenging hike but well worth it. We went on Labor Day and started around 1030am. It was nice and cool under the trees but once out in the open it was really hot so bring lots of water. A few downed trees we had to climb over and soft ground in some spots so be careful. There are railings in some places but it's all worn down and I wouldn't trust putting all your weight on them. My 10 year old daughter went and I was worried at some points where it was steep and no railings but she did just fine. Lots of poison oak and overgrowth in some areas. Reaching the canyon bottom was a nice reward. Ate lunch, dipped in the water, built cairns, spotted a garter snake, and enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of nature all around us. The hike up was a killer and I had to take a lot of breaks. The ascent was steep and treacherous and the sun was beating down on us. My son in law was leading and almost stepped on a huge rattler sunbathing on the trail ahead of a downed tree. The rattlesnake hissed and shook it's rattlers as it slithered off the trail and we moved on. Lots of gnats flying straight for your eyes and mosquitoes buzzing in your ear so bring bug spray or a net to cover your head. My app said the hike was a total of 6.06 miles and we took a total of 3:21:39 hours but it's sometimes not very accurate. It also said the elevation gain was 1,416.5.

This was a paved walkway that followed a golf course...

Was not a trail pArt of trail did not even exist.. Was just a path along a golf course . Not a hike.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Truckee River Bike Trail is a nice casual walking path. It does get warm in the late morning in July. There are many cycllists on the path so make sure you follow the rules.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The trail is right next to the highway. Good views of the river. Lots of biking traffic. Maybe best just to bike it.

Friday, July 22, 2016

It was beautiful! Lots to see but no fish! The trail is marked as easy but I think it should marked as moderate! Glad I wore my hiking boots. Lots of rocks and uneven ground!

on Gold Lake Trail

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beautiful once you get there; there is about a 6 mile dirt road to this trail from the Silver Lake Road. Additionally, there were lots of downed trees and it made following the trail a little difficult in some areas.

Friday, July 01, 2016

A beautiful hike with a gradual grade over an occasionally rocky path. This is NOT a wheelchair accessible trail. Good trail for hiking boots because of the terrain and the occasional creek crossings. Highly recommended!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Great trail. Despite how it's labeled it's definitely NOT wheelchair accessible. Steady grade but never exceedingly steep. Path is dirt or small rocks with occasional large rock sections (almost creek bed like). Hiking boots are recommended due to the rocky sections and a few small creek bed crossings. In and out of the sun but mostly you're walking in full sun. This trail has several offshoot options - you can go up to Long Lake or up to Smith Lake and make a loop trail out of it with the Smith Creek trail. We went toward Long lake then retraced our path back to the trailhead.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Awesome hike from Silver Lake Trailhead. Well maintained trail, perfect destination at Gold Lake. We were treated to an abundance of wildflowers in mid-June. Note: this is rated as an easy hike, so I wore all-terrain cross trainers, not boots. The terrain is very Rocky, so ankle support is highly recommended.

Thursday, June 09, 2016


Thursday, May 19, 2016


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