Point Mariah and Sterling's Canyon Trail

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Point Mariah and Sterling's Canyon Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles
662 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



28 days ago

The view at the end at Point Mariah is stunning, almost rivaling something you’d see at Yellowstone.

There is also a great bluff overlook approx 1 mile into the trail that makes for a good stop and a 2 mile out and back if traveling with kids who can’t go the full 5 miles. The trail has a surprising amount of elevation climbing so bring a good walking stick. Great great great hike!

1 month ago

Great view at the end. Bring a hammock or type of chair.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Really feels remote even though it’s very easily accessible. The view at Mariah Point was just stunning. I could’ve stayed there all day. There were some parts of the hike that were challenging for me but I’m totally out of shape, I imagine it’s a snap for a more fit person. I plan to go back very soon, this was a great way to escape the 97 degree heat in Sacramento.

6 months ago

My new favorite hike in Tahoe. Easy to find TH. Did not need snow shoes but haven’t had much snow the last few weeks. Very peaceful hike with very few people on the trail. As others mentioned - the views at the end were amazing

9 months ago

Probably the easiest way to see the North Fork around there, at least while still qualifying as a hike. The view both upriver to the headwaters and downriver to Royal Gorge is something you can't get anywhere else.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Staying at Serene lakes, so it was a quick walk to the trail head. Jim-jim, Chippie, Kelly, and I hiked the trail, and all of us, except for Jim who had hot mud butt, had a great experience. Great view once we hit the point! I picked a beautiful bouquet of wild flowers on the way back to the house, and we were done in about two hours total. Good stuff.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Great trail at the Royal Gorge Ski Area in Soda Springs, Ca. The trail is managed by the Tahoe Donner Land Trust. It's a pretty short trail and not too much incline. The most challenging aspect is the elevation if you're not used to it. The best part of this trail is the view at Point Mariah. It's amazing- to the east is the Sierra crest, and to the west is the North Fork of the North Fork of the American River and Snow Mountain. It's incredible, and the wildflowers along the way are great, too!

During the winter you can cross country ski here. Highly recommend this trail, it's a great one!

Directions from Sacramento:
Take I-80 east towards Reno and get off on the Soda Springs/Norden exit. Make a right onto Donner Pass Rd/Highway 40. Make a right on Soda Springs Road. Drive until you see a small "trail" sign on the right- there's a small dirt road that leads to the trailhead. From the trailhead, hike straight past the kiosk and rocks at the end of the parking area. In about a hundred yards, you will be on the dirt section of Soda Springs Rd. About a quarter mile down Soda Springs Road you’ll see a brown locked gate- go around the right side of the gate where some rough steps have been cut into the embankment and continue down to the bridge across Serena Creek. About 1.5 miles in there's a small warming hut to the right and the trail forks- take the left trail to Point Mariah.

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