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Father's Day Hike in Lower Carpenter Valley

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Name: Father's Day Hike in Lower Carpenter Valley
Date: June 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Wildflowers abound in Lower Carpenter Valley in the spring! Photo Credit: Kevin Starr
Event 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. Unlike other Land Trust properties, access to Lower Carpenter Valley is only available on 5 mile moderate docent-led hikes this summer while we work to install trails and parking to better protect this hotspot for biodiversity. The Land Trust acquired the property in 2017 and it will be fully open to the public in 2020 when the trails and infrastructure are in place. 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 at about 6200 feet in elevation. You should be able to hike about 2.5 hours at a moderate pace with some stops.
The Lower Carpenter Valley is closer to Truckee than you might expect!

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)
Follow Carpenter Valley Road approximately 2.25 miles and park well off the side of the roadway near the locked gate.
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, June 17, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Contact Information:
The docent led hike is FREE.

The number of hikers is limited, so register for this hike soon. 

Information about other Truckee Donner Land Trust guided hikes is available at 
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