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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.

Length 14.2 mi Elevation gain 2,316 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

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Wilson Vang
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HikingBugs

Did an afternoon hike with a group of varying hiking abilities and old injuries and this trail was a success! Really wished we had more time to hike into Picayune Valley but we went short of entering the actual valley (I think about 3 miles in) before deciding to turn back since we started the hike fairly late. Trailhead is located at Talbot Campground and the 96 which takes you to the trailhead turns into gravel road immediately after leaving French Meadow Reservoir. Besides that, trail conditions are great and don't forget the bug spray.

Ryan Wilson
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HikingBugs

One of the best short backpacking trails! This time 6/22-6/23 there were more mosquitoes than I’ve experienced in past years but manageable with bug juice. We took our 14 month old on his first backpacking trip. Had to leave camp early as thunder clouds rolled in the second day. Beautiful meadows, flowers and streams all flowing. Another hiker said they saw a bear on the trail the day before but we never spotted one. We went as far as the waterfalls, took a quick dip then headed back. Love this hike.

Foresthill M.
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike! It’s really a favorite and the views are breathtaking. It’s a steady but not steep uphill climb. You have to cross several creeks one of which I just took off my shoes to cross. There were lists of mosquitos this time for sure but things were still very wet. Pools were rushing so not swim friendly yet. Enjoy it’s worth it!!

Kellen Cummings
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Hiking

One of my favorites

Kajetan Wysoczynski
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HikingBugs

Driving here is an experience on its own, but it is totally worth it. The trail itself is not super exciting. It is relatively easy to walk on and pretty flat. The views of the valley are gorgeous! There are a few waterfalls to see, but most are off-trail so it's a fun area to explore. There is even a few beautiful swimming holes and jumping opportunities if you look hard enough :)

Paul Vandervoort
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Hiking

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: https://paulvandervoort.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/tevis-cup-trail-to-picayune-valley-x-c-path/ Here's a post of a day hike using this path 7-20-2019 (Note: This was during the Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley; so the tram ran with free downloads late into the evening): https://weekendwanderluster.blogspot.com/2019/07/picayune-valley-placer-county-california.html

Wesley Benson
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Backpacking

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.

Kyleigh Burgess
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Backpacking

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

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

Kristin Holt
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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!

Kellen Cummings
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Very scenic. Tons of flowers. Nice waterfall.

Nicholas Votino
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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.

Boom King
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Running
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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.

Patrick Lockrow
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Julie Cheng
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Brian Cartwright
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laurent l.
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Heath Cantrell
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Brandon Ebeck
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Heath Cantrell
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Kate Hawken
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Fábio Resende
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Nicholas Votino
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Amanda Templeton
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