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Winter & Spring

Winter Trailheads, Backcountry

Winter Trailheads + Backcountry

Truckee is your base camp for a BIG WINTER experience. The places to explore are endless. Scenic trails and varied terrain make snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and cross country skiing a great way to enjoy winter. Truckee has all the gear, guides, and education you need to help get you on your way.

Winter Trailheads + Backcountry:
Wheeler Loop Trail winds hrough forest, meadows, and marshes as it follows alongside a creek which drains in the Little Truckee River. It follows dirt roads and Henness Pass Road.
Jackson Meadows Road, 1 Mile SE
Truckee, CA 96161
Donner Summit
Standing tall above the reflections of Donner Lake lies one of the most visible areas for backcountry skiing in the Truckee area, Donner Peak.
19320 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Commemorative Emigrant Trail
Scenic single track trail following Alder Creek out to Stampede Reservoir, following in the historic path of pioneers in the 1800s.
Hwy 89 & Donner Camp Picnic Site
Truckee, CA 96161
Backcountry for the more adventurous and experienced, with 2,400' of climbing over 3 miles to reach the striking summit.
Pole Creek Rd.
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Twenty-five miles of variable level unmarked trails follow roads along Pole Creek and Silver Creek drainages for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing--closed to motorized vehicles.
Hwy 89 South
Truckee, CA 96161
Sagehen Summit Trail
A gorgeous wooded trail meandering along a stream,Sagehen Summit is a treasure in how much less foot traffic this area can see compared to other trailheads in the region.
Hwy 89 North
Truckee, CA 96161
Cabin Creek Trail
A 3-6 mile cross-country and snowshoeing trail off of 89S between Truckee and Squaw Valley.
Highway 89 South and Cabin Creek Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Donner Memorial State Park - Nordic Ski Trails
Donner Memorial State Park offers free cross-country and snowshoe trails for adventurers of all ages, nestled among towering pines, winding along beautiful Donner Lake, and traveling historic trails.
12593 Donner Lake Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Coldstream Canyon
This historic logging road leaves Truckee heading up into Coldstream Canyon. It's an ideal location for snowshoeing or cross-country/back-country skiing.
Cold Stream Road & Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Castle Peak
Castle Peak represents the craggy and most prominent mountain top just north of the summit of Donner Pass on I-80. It offers a lot of great terrain for backcountry skiing.
Castle Peak Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
Donner Summit and Donner Pass Snow Park Area can be very popular locations for all sorts of snow enthusiasts to get a taste of our Sierra winters. Check out parking at the California Sno-Park.
Interstate 80 & Boreal Ridge Dr.
Truckee, CA 96161
Johnson Canyon
A local's favorite trail for mellow backcountry heads through Johnson Canyon with views of Donner Lake.
Hwy I-80 and Donner Lake exit
Truckee, CA 96161
Truckee River Legacy Trail
A 6-mile paved bike path (plowed in winter) along the Truckee River from Truckee River Regional Park to Glenshire neighborhood and accessing Riverview Sports Park with historical and art landmarks.
Truckee River Regional Park
Truckee, CA 96161