Dog-Friendly Truckee Walks
1. Truckee River Legacy Trail – Easy trail
The Legacy Trail is an excellent paved trail that starts right across the street of the hotel. Turn left onto the trail and follow it past the skateboard park, the softball fields and the disc golf area down to the river. The trail runs along the river all the way out to Glenshire, making a round-trip of about 10 miles. The trail is a great way to get some exercise for you and your dog! Along this trail there are numerous spots to stop with the dog and play in the river. (just past the foot bridge over the river, there is a “single track” that goes right down to the river’s edge).
2. Martis Creek Wildlife Area Trail – Easy trail
Starts in Martis Valley on the way to Northstar. You can hike around the meadow, which is on the right side of the highway. Longest loop is about 5 miles. Surrounded by big open, lush meadows, wild flowers, and a peaceful calming creek.
3. Northwoods Nature Trail Loop – Easy trail
Starts across from the parking lot of the Tahoe Donner old clubhouse on Northwoods Blvd in Tahoe Donner, which is just past the stop sign on the right.
4. Waddell Ranch – Easy trail with one moderate climb. Roughly 4-5 miles there and back
Starts on the dam by Martis Creek Reservoir. Turn right out of the driveway, go straight through the roundabout, straight through the light and turn left onto Joerger Drive. Turn right onto Martis Creek Rd. and park. Follow Martis Creek Rd. uphill towards the dam – at the end of the dam the shady trail leads into the trees to the right and leads up to Dry Lake- follow the signs to the Lake (which might be dry in late summer—hence the name of the small lake).