Picayune Valley Trail is a 14.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.2 miles
2,316 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

1 month ago

Picayune Valley is beautiful and remote. To access from the east, or to hike a loop thru the valley, there is a path from the Tevis Cup Trail. More info including GPS track:

2 months ago

I have hiked this trail for the last 9 years with my grandfather. Of all the trails I've hiked this is by far my favorite.

3 months ago

took my 2 year old here for her first backpacking trip. Did not disappoint! Waterfalls, creek crossings, meadows, wildflowers, petroglyphs, it was so gorgeous!

4 months ago

I’ve hiked this trail many times over the years. Very beautiful and fairly easy for beginning hikers.

6 months ago

Just a note- dogs are not allowed into the wilderness area on this trail May 15-July 15. Also- be sure to make noise- we had a moma Bear with her cub cross the trail in front of us!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Very scenic. Tons of flowers. Nice waterfall.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I love this trail. we were unable to cross the river at the middle fork junction because of the heavy winter.

We also encountered a brown bear from about 100 yards away, but it is expected being that it is a desolate hiking trail. Recommend taking a weapon or bear spray.

We also camped at Talbot and it was very pleasant. We were the only ones there and it was a very enjoyable experience.

trail running
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Nice trail to a pretty valley, but it is way out there. Parking is at Talbot campground and at a day use area just before the campground. For trail running, it's mostly a non technical trail and a lot of fun on the way back. In the meadows in the valley during mid summer the trail may not be visible in parts because it can be totally overgrown. There's a couple of stream crossings, and a use trail to a small pool before you cross the MF (the pool is upstream of the crossing), which would be a nice spot for a break.

6 months ago

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015