Sagehen Creek Trail is a 6 mile heavily 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: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

Pleasant hiking although crowded beginning when weather is nice. Nice wildflowers and birds especially near the reservoir. The fastest way to get to the end of the trail is via the Hobart Mills Rd and then off onto a dirt road for a bit.

hiking
8 days ago

Great for kids and families. Beautiful, mostly flat hike with beautiful meadows at the end.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail for kids and families. Fairly busy but everyone was courteous.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail was a walk through beautiful nature.

running
29 days ago

Great early season trail running route. It’s flat. Also good for getting use to running at elevation. Get there early. It gets busy.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail with a new breathtaking view around every corner! Our active 8 year old did the whole thing while our almost 4 year old needed minimal help out to the lake, and rode on my back (in a carrier) on the return. Strava says we traveled 5.4 miles to lake and back.

hiking
6 months ago

Flat and easy. Some views of creek. Can walk to edge of Stampede at the end. Good warm up hike to get acclimated. Not good for trail bikes. Good for little old ladies and dogs.

hiking
7 months ago

great easy hike for all

hiking
8 months ago

*Much of the trail is next to a river providing a water source for dogs *A lot of shade *Flat, even, rock-free path which would be good for people and dogs with joint problems *It took us 3 hours and 10 minutes round trip with a quick lunch break and several stops to take pictures *Nice views (river, lake, trees, plants, etc.)

hiking
9 months ago

Have done this hike (not the loop) out to the reservoir & back many times. Great for almost all ages & dog lovers. It is mostly level. This year with our increasingly hotter summers, many dogs had burned/injured paws. We no longer have a dog

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice trail. Very little rough terrain. Beautiful river for much of the way and shaded 75% of the time. Ends with a beautiful view of the reservoir. Loved watching the patch of Aspen trees glimmer in the wind as the river flowed nearby.

hiking
9 months ago

Flat, mostly shaded trail following a creek with beautiful meadow views and a (warm in the summer) reservoir as a reward at the end (our dogs enjoyed it too...) Highly recommended.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice and well maintained trail. Easy hike for the morning, the weather was perfect for a 10am hike. Started to get busy when we were on the return back.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful trail and an easy hike. I started at 8:30 am and was almost alone on the trail. on my way back it got crowded though. go early

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Beautiful flowers, bring bug spray! Not too crowded early in the morning on a weekday.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail full of wildflowers & wildlife. Parking can be tight. Expect more mosquitos around dusk. Also there is no cell phone service on this trail. Enjoy!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice easy one-hour hike each way. Beautiful wild flowers, very light traffic. Gorgeous blue sky day - perfect!

hiking
11 months ago

Super flat and relaxing. Extremely picturesque along river and out to lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice and easy trail that ends at Stampede Reservoir. Perfect for all ages and all skill levels. Tons of wildflowers right now on the trail. Went during the week and didn’t see anyone else on the trail.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Decent views on occasion but extremely crowded as others have previously mentioned. I have lived in the area for years and have only walked this trail once due to the foot traffic.

hiking
11 months ago

Super crowded trail so if you are looking for peace and solitude, definitely not for you. Very easy flat trail and was beautiful. Lots of NV license plates in the parking lot so seems to be a hot spot for Reno folks. Some big groups (20+ people) so constantly had to step aside to let them pass going opposite way. I’ve lived in Truckee a long time and this was first time I did this hike. Won’t probably do again due to how crowded it was - like rush hour.

hiking
11 months ago

Crowded, but the flowers were marvelous. The meadows at the end were spectacular.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail with pano view at the end of lake. We appreciate three ladies told us this beautiful trail when we met them at Donner summit trail yesterday 6/14/2019. Also I would like to thanks them for my lost watch on the trail yesterday, just let them I found it.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail, however extremely crowded with nearly constant flow of people coming & going including several large groups. And lots of dogs. One rude lady told me i should let my dogs run freely off leash. I do, but leash up when passing others.

hiking
11 months ago

Pro: Beautiful, narrow trail. Snow melt was good this year. Con: Trail was very crowded. Several large groups. Not much peace.

11 months ago

loved every step

walking
Mon May 06 2019

Very wet and muddy right now. I was ok because I had waterproof boots and I enjoyed the squishy muddy fun. My partners tried to find ways to avoid those sections. No wildflowers the first 25 min of the trail. We didn’t get all the way to the lake, so I didn’t see if there were any wildflowers out there.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

This is a great dog friendly trail. Easy out and back. Veautiful views. It's pretty muddy in May. It's technically an on-leash trail, but I never see a dog on a leash.

Sun May 05 2019

great flat hike, was a bit muddy in spots

snowshoeing
snow
Sun Mar 31 2019

Snowshoed on 3/31/19.. snow is pretty patchy at this point with some areas being pretty deep and others being muddy. Would recommend waiting a few weeks and the snow will likely be melted to the point where you could just hike this trail.

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