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How To Recreate Responsibly & Leave No Trace in Truckee

Siobhan Kenney
May 4, 2021
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Truckee’s lakes, rivers, and forests are a place of retreat and respite. We need to take extra steps to respect our favorite outdoor places and everyone who wishes to enjoy them. Whether you are a Truckee local or just visiting, please follow this guide on how to Recreate Responsibly created by The Recreate Responsibly Coalition. 

7 Ways to Recreate Responsibly in Truckee

Recreate Responsibly is about people and places. It’s a collaborative effort that asks all trail users to be stewards of the land and build an outdoors where everyone feels welcome. Share your commitment to #RecreateResponsibly by using the hashtag on social media. Together, we can protect Truckee’s wild spaces, and our beloved mountain community, for decades to come.

The 7 Recreate Responsibly guidelines.
Follow the 7 Recreate Responsibly Guidelines

1. Know Before You Go

Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a backup plan.

Before visiting, get the latest travel updates in Truckee’s Know Before You Go guide. If it is peak season and hard to find lodging, change your plans to visit midweek or shoulder season. If you have reservations but arrive and it’s crowded, have a backup plan to explore outlying areas of Truckee such as Sierraville, Jackson Meadows, or Donner Summit, Soda Springs. Call ahead to check the status of lodging, restaurants, etc. before your trip and always pay attention to trailhead signs. 

2. Practice Physical Distancing

Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.

Give others 6 feet of distance and follow proper trail etiquette while hiking or biking. When physical distancing isn't possible, wear a face covering.

3. Plan Ahead

Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.

Check trailhead signs in Truckee for important trail updates and information. Expect services like bathrooms and water spigots to be closed. Be ready for wildfire and read this Visitor's Guide to Wildfire Season in Truckee. Carry everything you need like extra water, face covering, etc.

4. Play It Safe

Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.

Rescue operations may place an additional strain on healthcare systems in Truckee-Tahoe. Tone down your outdoor activities and always have a rescue plan. 

5. Explore Locally

Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails, and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit. 

Reconsider visiting Truckee in peak summer season. Instead, explore locally and plan a trip to Truckee in the fall or spring when there are fewer crowds, lower lodging prices, and gorgeous mountain scenery - stunning wildflowers in spring and breathtaking colors in fall.  

6. Leave No Trace

Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all your garbage with you.

Did you know that volunteer divers removed hundreds of pounds of trash from Donner Lake in 2020? They found tennis balls, beer cans and tires under the surface of the water! Together, we can keep trash out of our pristine lakes, streams, and trails by following the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. Never leave garbage behind, pack out your trash and try to leave an area better than you found it. And don't forget about microtrash like bottle caps and can tabs.

7. Build an Inclusive Outdoors

Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

All are welcome to explore Truckee. We hope both visitors and residents alike will show extra compassion to everyone they encounter in the outdoors during this difficult time. Please do your part to make Truckee a welcoming, safe space.

Thank you to The Recreate Responsibly Coalition for creating these guidelines on how to #RecreateResponsibly during COVID-19. We hope you enjoy Truckee’s world class trails, rock walls, and waters safely and respectfully.

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