Sagehen Creek Trail

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Sagehen Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

2 months ago

Picturesque easy hike. It is walkable now (Feb. 10!) but very muddy with icy spots.

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of wildflowers during May

3 months ago

A bit muddy since there has been no snow and it’s been warm. Pretty creek.

8 months ago

Great family friendly trail

8 months ago

Nice and easy hike. Good water views. Definitely dog friendly. Took about 2 hours and 45 mins as we walked along the dirt road for vehicles as well as the hiking trail.

walking
9 months ago

Nice well-worn dirt & rock trail running along a running creek for most of the way. Ends a southwest corner of stampede reservoir. If you have a water dog like we do...they'll love this hike!!

hiking
9 months ago

This is a great leisure hike with not much of an incline. Dogs are welcome, and there's a creek that is easily accessible in many parts. Parking can be a bit a bit of a challenge, but you can usually find a spot in the trees. The trail is a little narrow, so you'll have to stop on the side to let others pass. The scenery is beautiful with plenty of tree and flowers! All in all this a great hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Great for kids. Easy walking trail, well traveled. Saw a person try to take a wagon for a child - path is dirt and rock - so they had to take it back. Heads up, we did find a tick on one of the kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic trail! Not much of an effort for a great adventure. Good for children and dogs!

hiking
9 months ago

Quite a few flowers out, great view of the lake at the end. Fairly level easy trail. Good for kids.

9 months ago

Did the loop this a.m., and it was gorgeous. It took a few minutes to find where to cross the creek at the reservoir. Look for large railroad ties in the creek. Use those as your bridge (might get a wet foot or two). A pretty little trail to a Jeep track picks up on other side of creek. Jeep track is dusty. Was glad to get back onto trail about 2/3 of the way back on that side.

9 months ago

Did the loop. Crowded after 9.30am.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail with nice wildflowers. We could not find the loop so did an out and back.

hiking
10 months ago

A little tougher than I thought it would be with young children but beautiful and peaceful!

hiking
10 months ago

Did the hike this morning from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Could not find the loop so did an out and back. Simply heavenly- gorgeous hike. Wildflowers were starting. Did not encounter anyone on trail until we were almost done closer to 9:15 am

10 months ago

So beautiful! A slight rough start with mud, water, and fallen trees (had my 2 year old in the hiking backpack). But once past that, it's smooth sailing and so awesome

hiking
10 months ago

awesome hike!

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nifty little hike is best when the wild flowers are blooming.

snowshoeing
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Great view, I will do it again

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

It was really lovely during fall, with golden aspen, the babbling creek and blue sky with big storm clouds. It was enjoyed by both advanced hikers and those who never hike in our party. I would def. recommend it.

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nice, fairly flat trail. Great views along the creek, especially once out of the woods.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Fun trail. My wife and I enjoyed it.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice, easy walk, very pretty with ample water for the dogs. The only caveat is some aggressive Yellowjackets, but I have read that they are just very prevalent this year

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Limited parking. Beautiful start thru forest. Opens to large meadow. Finishes back in shady forest. Great flat hike that will keep you going for 90+ minutes.

Monday, July 18, 2016

We loved it! I took my 12yr old daughter and it was awesome! Quiet, flat, shady, it was wonderful. Highly recommend it.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Didn't find the loop but overall it was a very easy walk. Great for all ages and the dogs loved having the creek right there almost the whole time. I would definitely start early with dogs so their feet don't get too hot on the dirt.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

July 2016 was perfect timing for a beautiful wildflower walk at Sagehen Creek. Much of the trail was in the shade of the trees in the morning and the flowers among the grasses in the meadows were plentiful. It was an easy, flat trail for us over 60 people just getting into hiking again.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Great easy trail, good for young kids. We have clocked it nearer to 6 miles. The meadow is beautiful, it's nice and quiet. The beginning of the loop back is a little open, but there is good shade most of the way around,

Monday, June 27, 2016

This is a great trail for kids and dogs. If you take your dog's make sure to go early enough. Parts of the trail are not shaded and the dirt can get very hot.

The flowers and meadow were beautiful. There is a creek that is easily accessible from the trail. While Stampede does have water, it is no where near full, so if your plan is to get to the water keep in mind that there is not a groomed trail to get you there.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wildflowers everywhere. Meadow. Creek. Marsh. Forrest. Lake views. Flat terrain.

I definitely recommend doing an out and back rather than a loop. The return of the loop is mostly on a dirt road with no shade. When you hit the dirt road, turn around and return the way you came.

With two elementary children and an aged dog, it took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to do the loop with two snack breaks.

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