Hike Lower Carpenter Valley with Truckee Donner Land Trust

Carpenter Valley Road at Alder Creek Road, Truckee CA

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
August 29th, 2020

Hike Description

Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you on a guided hike in the magnificent Lower Carpenter Valley. Minutes from Truckee but hidden from view, Carpenter Valley offers grand scenery, lush meadows carpeted by wildflowers, and the chance to see wildlife in its natural environs. The Land Trust acquired the property in 2017 and it will be fully open to the public later in the Summer of 2020 when the trails and infrastructure are in place. Until then, you can view this exquisite valley with these exclusive hikes led by docents who are available to guide the route and answer questions about the land and its inhabitants.

Hiking Details

Enjoy a docent-led, 5+mile hike on mostly flat terrain on somewhat rough ranch roads.

How do I get there?

From downtown Truckee:

Take 89 North toward Sierraville and turn left onto Alder Creek Road. Past the intersection with Schussing, take your first right turn onto Carpenter Valley Road (a dirt road with USFS signage).

From Tahoe Donner:

Follow Alder Creek Road toward Highway 89. Just past the Tahoe Donner campground, turn left at Carpenter Valley Road (a dirt road with USFS signage)


There is limited parking at the trailhead. There is ample parking at the beginning of Carpenter Valley Road and we would appreciate hikers being willing to carpool from there. A Land Trust docent will be organizing carpools in that parking area. To park at the trailhead follow Carpenter Valley Road approximately 2.25 miles and park ON THE LEFT ONLY well off the side of the roadway near the locked gate.