Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Truckee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Exceptional Single track flow. Well kept, beautiful views and easy access. Small berms on many of the turns make for some fast sections. Easily doable if not preferable on Hardtail but having the full squish was nice on the way back.

I go to this trail a few times a year and love it every time. My son and I went up today. It was snowy, but still a great hike with beautiful views. It's one of my favorites.

Still under snow the entire way, so ty oil longer than expected. Beautiful views. My dog (wee but with huge attitude beagle/terrier/daschund/mini heeler) struggled with the snow at times but mostly because she went off trail. Can't wait to do it again when the wildflowers are out.

Warning! In order to cross Sugar Bowl terrain during their ski season, a uphill pass is required. Even with an uphill pass, only some uphill routes are approved and unfortunately this is not one of them. I ran into a ski patrol while attempting this trail and was turned around. They told me to visit Sugarbowl.com and read the uphill policy for more information.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Park right off the highway as the road to the trail head is narrow and there is no closer parking. Trail was easy to follow the tracks until it crossed the ski runs.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

We did this backpacking on snowshoes over 2.5 days - could have been two.
On the way in we followed this trail, and on the way back we went up the ridge route from the south-end of Paradise Lake.
The semi-frozen swamp with the invisible four-wheel drive trail at the end was the 'downside' of this trail for snowshoeing - at least on our trip. We were on top of the trail according to the GPS, but I have no idea where it was. At the end of a long day, that was the biggest downer of the trip - wet freezing boots and leaping creeks with a pack and snowshoes on :/ I recommend getting to the Paradise Lake sign early, and taking your time with route finding to skirt the swamp.
The ridge trail out, our ' I am not doing that again reroute', was beautiful, but also very hard work on snowshoes! It is a lovely area, and once away from the highway noise, a peaceful winter trip with the option to stop by the Peter Grubb Hut for a little Sierra history.

This time of year the PCT underpass is a knee-high frigid drain! Walking under the highway on the road shoulder from the SnowPark was much better on the way back.
Also note, for overnight trips you are required to park at the SnowPark, so remember to get a permit.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

It’s a good hike , very moderate- not to hard . Views are great.

wonderful views

This is a great trail if you’re looking for something easy. If you want something that is more strenuous, look elsewhere. It’s far enough back that you get the sense of seclusion minus a few cars that pass by on the road. It seems the trail has been completed a bit since this trail was entered in AllTrails. It goes further now that what the map shows. I believe you can actually go to Highway 89 and then on the Prosser. We turned back because we were done battling the ice.

We did the loop counterclockwise. Micro spikes were definitely in order on some of the lower parts and all of the upper. Once over the summit and past the ski lift, the backside was too steep and unstable to try. Getting late so we came down the ski area in the woods. Treacherous in spots but at least there were trees to stop you (which we did not need).

Great hike, saw lots of families on the trail. Saw even more dogs. Beautiful view from the overlook.

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

trail running
4 months ago

I do not recommend doing the full loop in the winter. The trails up to Donner Peak are of medium difficulty and were mostly easy enough to follow people's footprints with some GPS confirmation. They were mostly covered in snow and a bit of ice, so I would recommend bringing some kind of spikes or snowshoes. I think this section would be good as an out-and-back during the winter months. If you plan to go up any side of Mount Judah, I would definitely recommend crampons and maybe even an ice axe in the current conditions. Following my GPS, I accidentally found myself on the trail to the east that runs parallel to the ridge. The whole south and east sides of Judah are pretty icy and slick, with no easy tracks to follow if you don't count the deer footprints.

hiking
4 months ago

Didn’t do loop however still a great workout. Few patches of ice but you can walk around them ( by doing a little bit of bolder hoping) Once you get near the top snow shoes really help

snowshoeing
5 months ago

We went November 18th. The mountain was covered in snow. Once we got to the top the trail was completely covered in snow so we just explored on our own and hiked back down under the ski lift. You will defiantly need snow shoes once you get to the top (we rented them for the week from rental shop where we live). If we didn’t have snowshoes and gps we probably would have turned around. The views are beautiful and the land that you can scale in snowshoes an awesome experience!

hiking
5 months ago

Took the hike early summer. Great hike all the way around

Easy trail, good for kids

Great hike. Somewhat confusing junction after crossing over Judah when descending at PCT T-junction, not signed but take a right back toward sugar bowl to reach Donner Summit lot

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

Attempt with 3 of the Dece Scouts. Amazing weather, beautiful hike, but more snow than expected. We would have probably made the lake if we had our snowshoes with us. Definitely want to come back and try it again.

hiking
6 months ago

We are not fond of the beginning (or end) portion of the trail which consists of rocky switchbacks on the face of the mountain but then it becomes a pretty reasonable trail. Lots of people and dogs. Beautiful scenery. Took us 3.5 hours but we are in our late 50s.

backpacking
6 months ago

amazing view

backpacking
6 months ago

phenomenal experience. can't wait to do it again

Beautiful hike. Moderate level. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, first part is the most challenging. Great views at both Donner Peak and Mt Judah. Took about 2.5 hours (didn't stay at summit for long as it was very windy).

Great views of Donner Lake. Also side trails to Flora Lake provide for a cool swim.

Pretty valley includes a 4 lane highway and some development, but no negroes.

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.

Beautiful hike. Some snow,
Ice and mud. The view at the top is amazing. It was a super cold day. 28 when we started. Super
Windy at the summit but so worth it.

Great hike. Wonderful views from the top. Left at 9:00am on a Saturday. We didn't see a sole until the split and then only a couple until we reached the top. Saw lots on the way down. Parking was also full at that time 1:00. (We're really out of shape ☺) It was a great workout for us!

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