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Best trails in Truckee

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Looking for a great trail near Truckee, California? AllTrails has 89 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around D. L. Bliss State Park or Van Sickle Bi-State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spooner Lake Management Area or Tahoe Donner Trail System. Ready for some activity? There are 56 moderate trails in Truckee ranging from 2.1 to 17.5 miles and from 5,659 to 8,933 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Truckee
Top trails (89)
#1 - Mount Judah Loop Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
#2 - Donner Tunnels
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Make sure to bring a flashlight for the tunnels!Show more
#3 - Johnson Canyon Overlook via Glacier Way Trailhead
Tahoe Donner Trail System
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
A casual hike in the Tahoe Donner area with scenic views of Tahoe Donner Lake, Johnson Canyon (also known as Negro Canyon), and the surrounding areas. Great for kids. This hike starts on Glacier Way Road off of Skislope Way. You start on Glacier Way trail before taking a right onto the Donner Lake Rim Trail. These trails are within the Tahoe Donner Trail System which is within the Tahoe National Forest.Show more
#4 - Paradise Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
An overnight backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail in Truckee, California. Paradise Lake is a classic Sierra Nevada lake with gorgeous sunsets and a pristine lake full of trout. This overnight backpacking trip is easily accessible from Highway 80 and follows parts of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tahoe National Forest. A fire permit is required to start a campfire in an already established fire ring. You can get the permit for free at any Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices. Or you can get one online here: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Show more
#5 - Historic Donner Pass Trail
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
An easy, unique, yet beautiful hike through multiple segments of tunnels with openings throughout the trail that offer views of Donner Lake. Along the walls of the tunnels is a graffiti artist's playground. Graffiti lines the walls from the beginning to the very end.Show more
#6 - Sagehen Creek Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
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. Show more
#7 - China Cove Trail Loop
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
This easy stroll around the lakeside and through areas of forest is an ideal place to bring young kids, and also makes a great location for your first snowshoe adventure. Please note there is a $10 parking fee.Show more
#8 - Donner Peak and Judah Summit Loop
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Note: As of September 24, 2020, users have reported that the road is CLOSED at the summit but there’s lots of parking at Donner ski Ranch. Start from Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) trailhead off Donner Pass Road. Continue up to the Mount Judah Loop trail and Donner Summit. Wonderful ledges and views from the summit! Continue clockwise on the loop trail over Mount Judah and parts of the emigrant wagon trail. This leads back to the PCT and out to the trail head starting point.Show more
#9 - Martis Creek Trail
Martis Creek Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Note: The portion of this loop that goes along the creek is now closed.Show more
#10 - Warren Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
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