Truckee is made up of several distinct neighborhoods that each have their own look, feel, and amenities. Depending on where you choose to stay, you may have convenient access to activities like hiking, biking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, skiing, or horseback riding.
Now here’s a neighborhood that celebrates the Truckee-Tahoe outdoor lifestyle with a wide variety of outdoor adventures and amenities including an equestrian center, golf course, mountain biking trails, cross country ski trails and a downhill ski area that’s a favorite among families with small children. There are also several dining options in this community including The Lodge Restaurant & Pub which is conveniently located on Northwoods Blvd. in the heart of Tahoe Donner.
Want to know where the locals live? Many choose to put down roots in Glenshire, also known as “the Shire”, a quiet neighborhood east of downtown. It’s known as the “banana belt” of Truckee and gets mild winter weather and some of the first snow-free trails in spring. Hop on the Legacy Trail at the Glenshire trailhead for incredible views of the Truckee River and a 4 mile walk into Historic Downtown. Glenshire is also the closest neighborhood to Reno - about 20 minutes on I-80 interstate highway.
Donner Summit/Serene Lake
While Donner Summit may seem like a journey out of town, it provides the best access to hiking and trail running on the Pacific Crest Trail, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing at Castle Peak, and rock climbing along Old Highway 40. It’s the highest elevation neighborhood so expect lots of snow in the winter that can stick around until early summer. Secret lakes and meadows abound in this area. Be sure and explore the Truckee Donner Land Trust to learn more about this area and their conservation work.
If relaxing by an alpine lake sounds appealing, you’ll love the Donner Lake neighborhood. There’s plenty of fun things to do in walking distance of a mountain home rental such as swimming, kayaking, and relaxing on beaches and piers. It’s in a convenient location just ten minutes from downtown Truckee in one direction and ten minutes from Donner Summit in the other. Donner Memorial State Park at the east end of the lake has a fascinating Visitor Center with exhibits on the areas history, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders of the transcontinental railroad.
You’re a stone’s throw from dining, shopping, and outdoor fun in this centrally located neighborhood. Downtown Truckee and the Rock shopping and dining district are just minutes away, as is the Truckee Bike Park and Truckee Regional Park where families love to have fun.