Fall Foliage Hikes in Truckee

Autumn in Truckee is one of the best times of the year to visit.  From fun events, cooler temps, to stunning fall foliage scenery. Here is a list of our favorite Truckee hiking trails to help your harvest the best of autumn here in Truckee!

Sagehen Creek Trail
2.5 mile single track trail from 89N at Sagehen Creek to Stampede Reservoir.

Waddle Ranch Preserve
Hikers and nature lovers enjoy this hike through meadows and over creeks that leads to Lake Ella and Martis Creek Lake in Martis Valley. The trailhead is located just off of Hwy 267 before Northstar.

Loch Leven Lakes
Hikers who enjoy swimming in alpine lakes are drawn to this scenic hike that leads to four lakes at the end of Donner Summit Trail.

Commemorative Emigrant Trail
Single track trail following Alder Creek out to Stampede Reservoir, following in a historic path of pioneers in the 1800s.

Martis Peak Hike
8 mile hike from just south of Brockway Summit on HWY 267 to the Martis Peak fire lookout, with about 1700 ft in elevation gain.

Sawtooth Trail
9-mile single track trail with great vistas.

Donner Camp Trail at Alder Creek – Historical Site
Interpretive 1/3 mile trail with plaque commemorating where part of the Donner Party camped near Alder Creek, trapped during the severe winter of 1846-47.

Prosser Creek Reservoir
A popular local recreation spot, four miles from downtown Truckee with single track and dirt roads weaving through the woods and around the reservoir. Camping is available at the north end.

Lakeshore Interpretive Trail
2.5 mile path along Donner Lake, with Donner Memorial State Park history and ecology exhibits along the way.

Donner Summit Canyon
The trails of this historic area off of Old Hwy 40 on Donner Summit follow clear creeks and look directly down on Donner Lake. Only non-motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails that follow the old train tunnels.

Martis Creek Wildlife Area Trail
4.1 mile easy to moderate hiking loop.

Truckee River Legacy Trail
A 6-mile paved bike path (plowed in winter) along the Truckee River from Truckee River Regional Park to Glenshire neighborhood and accessing Riverview Sports Park with historical and art landmarks.

Johnson Canyon
Trails leading through Johnson Canyon (formerly called Negro Canyon) connect with Summit Lake to the west or Glacier Way and the Donner Rim Trail in Tahoe Donner to the east.

Trout Creek Trail
Walk, jog, or bike from historic downtown Truckee at bridge street to Tahoe Donner up a beautiful canyon filled with pine forests and Aspen trees. Listen to Trout Creek babble and birds sing while you enjoy this trail’s secluded feel.

Donner Lake Rim Trail
Multi-use single track trail on the mountains and ridges surrounding Donner Lake. Currently 15 of the planned 23-mile trail are open (9 of those for bicycle use).