Truckee's Trail Hosts, Ambassadors, Volunteers & Guided Hikes - Summer 2023
Teams of Truckee Ambassadors, Hosts & Volunteers
It takes a collective commitment to stewardship and sustainability for Truckee to thrive as an authentic mountain town, from our pristine mountainscape to historic downtown and the Truckee River. Many of the organizations that manage Truckee’s public lands have teams of ambassadors and volunteers who keep an eye on trail conditions and lead programs about the area’s natural and cultural history. They’ll teach you a bit about local history, flora and fauna, provide tips on where to go, how to leave no trace, trail etiquette, and introduce you to new trails. Enjoy these resources, offer them feedback and consider donating. Let's all support a Sustainable Truckee!
Five Organizations who Steward Truckee’s Special Places with Boots on the Ground
To ensure future generations can enjoy public lands in the Truckee-Tahoe region, it takes many organizations and groups each focused on certain benefits or needs. Unlike a national park, Truckee doesn’t have one singular land management agency. So it’s up to the collective to steward them. By working together on trail projects and stewardship messaging, Truckee organizations are able to amplify their impact and create lasting positive change on our landscape.
Truckee Donner Land Trust - Docent Led Hikes
Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) works with landowners, federal, state and local governments, and the public to protect vital open spaces and provide access so that everyone can enjoy nature. Since 1990, they’ve protected over 40,000 acres of lands by negotiating land acquisitions, easements, and land exchanges including places like Webber Lake.
Introduce yourself to the TDLT lands by seeing them with a guide who knows the area. Throughout the summer, docents lead hikes into these protected lands so that people can find new trails, and learn more about the land and the Tahoe Donner Land Trust. You’ll come home with a better understanding of the area and the importance of conservation as well as land preservation.
Aug 19, 2023: Donner Summit Canyon
Aug 23, 2023: Frog Lake Cliff
Aug 30, 2023: Royal Gorge Point Mariah
September hikes will be announced in August.
Donner Memorial State Park - Interpretive Volunteers
This park was formed in 1928 to honor and preserve the site and the cabins that gave shelter to the ill-fated Donner Party, as well all pioneers who walked through here via the Emigrant Trail. Today it honors Truckee-Tahoe’s natural and cultural history including the Washoe Tribe and Truckee’s Chinese history. Within its 3,200 acres, you’ll find a variety of year-round activities alongside the history from hiking trails to summer boating.
To really appreciate the bounty, volunteers and rangers lead free interpretive tours in the park. Learn about the history that took place here on a 60 minute tour offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm during the summer and fall. Shove off on a fourteen-foot raft with a guide who will discuss wildlife diversity and the rich cultural history of the area. Donner Lake Paddling Tours are offered each Thursday from June 22 to November 16, 2023 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Do your part to clean-up the state park as well as learn about the local wildlife via a Stewardship and Cleanup Hike.
Aug 4, 2023: Guided Hike & Cleanup
Aug 18, 2023: Guided Hike & Cleanup
Sep 1, 2023: Guided Hike & Cleanup
Truckee Trails Foundation - Trail Ambassadors
At its roots, the Truckee Trails Foundation is a trails and bikeways advocacy group. Their focus is on ensuring that Truckee has a critical town-wide bicycling infrastructure. And, that the network is one that both visitors and the community can embrace and use year-round. Since its formation, they now manage over 180 miles of non-motorized trail in the Tahoe National Forest and continue to build more.
If you spend time on one of the trails they manage, there’s a good chance you’ll run into a TTF Trail Ambassador. They roam the paved bike paths like the iconic Truckee River Legacy Trail and stroll the dirt trails such as the Five Lakes Trail to the south of Alpine Meadows. They even might be mountain biking the Sawtooth Trail System.
You’ll easily identify a Trails Ambassador in a Truckee Trails Foundation and/or t-shirt that says “Ambassador” (pictured above). They help spread the message of what TTF does and assist trail users. This could include anything from bike repairs to directions. They’re also the eyes and ears of the organization helping note the trail conditions such as downed trees and being the lookout for fires.
Tahoe Donner Association - Trail Crew Hikes
To the northwest of the downtown Truckee district, you’ll find the Tahoe Donner neighborhood. More than just a homeowner’s association, it includes several recreational amenities that are open to the general public including a trail system. The Tahoe Donner Trail System encompasses over 60 miles of trails across 5,000 acres of epic Sierra Nevada terrain.
Throughout the summer months a variety of homeowners, board members, and the Tahoe Donner Trail Crew host events from E-bike tours to wildflower strolls. Join a Stewardship Day if you wish to help maintain trails and implement best management practices for a resilient and healthy ecosystem. Stewardship Days happen every other Thursday from 4-7 pm.
Aug 6, 2023: E-Bike Tour + Lunch at Euer Valley
Aug 10, 2023: Stewardship Day: Teewinot Trail Connection
Aug 13, 2023: E-Bike Tour + Lunch at Euer Valley
Aug 24, 2023: Stewardship Day: Nature Loop Repair
Sep 2, 2023: Guided Euer Valley Tour
Truckee Dirt Union - Mountain Bike Hosts
Truckee Dirt Union was formed by a coalition of Truckee mountain bikers to create and enhance singletrack trails that are geared toward mountain bikers. Their goal is also to educate visitors and residents about access opportunities and where the best riding in Truckee is happening via outlets such as the Cyclepaths-sponsored Singletrack Report on Truckee’s own 101.5 KTKE-FM.
The Truckee Dirt Union (TDU) has four dedicated trail stewardship hosts working across the Donkey Town trail network to continually improve the trail riding conditions all season long. They continue to spread the stoke on mountain biking by providing guidance and encouragement for riders both new and seasoned. You’ll identify a TDU member on-trail wearing the black and gold TDU jersey or if you see the top-tube TDU sticker plate on a fellow rider’s bike. If you do cross paths, be sure to give them a shout out to learn more about the organization and how you can help.
Throughout the mountain biking season, TDU hosts monthly Volunteer Trail Force activations so you can learn about stewardship via hands-on trail building beside legendary local trail builders, community members, and riders. They currently have three more community Volunteer Trail Force dig days scheduled in 2023. For more information about their events or to sign-up, visit their website.
Leave No Trace & Take Care Of Truckee
We’re grateful that you’ve taken an interest in our community while you’ve made it your home for a day, a week, or a lifetime. It’s up to each one of us to be a responsible traveler and follow the principles of Leave No Trace so that Truckee remains beautiful and vibrant with a healthy mountain ecosystem. Thanks for taking care of this special place.