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Truckee Donner Land Trust

  • Environment, Sustainability
  • Chamber Member
10069 W. River St., Ste. C1
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-4711
(530) 582-5528 (fax)

About Us

OUR MISSION
To preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the greater Truckee Donner region and manage recreational activities on these lands in read more
  • About

    OUR MISSION
    To preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the greater Truckee Donner region and manage recreational activities on these lands in a sustainable manner.

    OUR HISTORY

    In 1990, the beautiful Coldstream Valley near Donner Lake was about to be lost to logging. A small group of passionate hikers founded the Truckee Donner Land Trust and raised $150,000 to purchase 160 acres in the valley.

    Over the years, The Truckee Donner Land Trust has protected over 33,000 acres, ensuring continued recreational access and protecting lands for future generations. We are determined to protect another 24,500 acres in the coming years with a value of over $40 million.

    Today, the mountains, canyons, meadows, lakes and rivers that make the Truckee Donner region a great place to live, work, and play continues to face threats from unwise growth and development spilling over onto our treasured natural areas.

    With support from our neighbors, members, and partners, we can protect what we love today to enjoy forever.

    OUR STRATEGY

    The Land Trust works with landowners, federal, state and local governments, and the public-at-large, to create win-win situations for private and public interests. We carry out our mission by negotiating land acquisitions, easements and land exchanges.

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    Saturday Aug 1, 2020
    The Donner Lake Rim Trail (DRLT) is a Land Trust project to build a 23-mile multi-use trail on the mountains and ridges surrounding Donner Lake. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians will enjoy stunning views of Donner Lake, Mount Rose and the Pacific Crest. ...read more
    Sunday Aug 2, 2020
    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. ...read more
    Saturday Aug 8, 2020
    Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a hike along the Warren Lake Trail to enjoy views of the sheer cliffs above Frog Lake. ...read more
    Sunday Aug 9, 2020
    Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Waddle Ranch Preserve. Located in the heart of Martis Valley near Truckee, Waddle Ranch Preserve was home to indigenous people. Artifacts left by the Martis people are estimated to be two to three thousand years old. More recently, the Washoe Indian Tribe used the valley as a summer encampment until the 1910s. ...read more
    Saturday Aug 15, 2020
    Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Johnson Canyon. As part of the Royal Gorge acquisition in 2012, the Land Trust acquired an additional 350 acres in the canyon, effectively protecting the entire canyon from development. Johnson Canyon is the home of the headwaters of Gregory Creek, an important tributary of Donner Lake. We will follow the Wendin Way Trail through Johnson Canyon. The trail provides an incredibly scenic route for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers to connect with the Donner Lake Rim Trail. Johnson Canyon is a popular site for wildlife and wildflower viewing. ...read more
    Sunday Aug 16, 2020
    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. ...read more
    Tuesday Aug 18, 2020
    Enjoy this excellent opportunity to explore the Royal Gorge Rim Trail on your mountain bike! This is a strenuous and moderately technical ride led by Truckee Donner Land Trust staff and docents along the Rim Trail to Rowton arches. ...read more
    Saturday Aug 22, 2020
    The Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you to hike with us on the trail that loosely follows the original Lincoln Highway route. The route traverses Donner Summit Creek, Donner Peak, and Schallenberger Ridge as it climbs to Donner Summit. Some of the historic features visible from the upper part of the trail include Native American petroglyphs, the China Wall, and the world’s first automobile underpass (1913). ...read more
    Sunday Aug 23, 2020
    Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a hike along the Warren Lake Trail to enjoy views of the sheer cliffs above Frog Lake. Hiking Details: This is a moderate to difficult out and back 6 mile hike. The hike starts at 7000' elevation and will have a 1600 foot elevation gain to 8650'. ...read more
    Wednesday Aug 26, 2020
    This moderately strenuous 4 mile hike is an exploration of the Royal Gorge Rim Trail to Rowton arches. The hike passes through several wildflower and bird areas, offers expansive views of the Pacific Crest and the Granite Chief Wilderness, Crow’s Nest and the upper parts of the North Fork of the American River drainage including some impressive volcanic geology. ...read more
    Saturday Aug 29, 2020
    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. The Land Trust acquired the property in 2017 and it will be fully open to the public later in the Summer of 2020 when the trails and infrastructure are in place. Until then, 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. ...read more
    Sunday Aug 30, 2020
    Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a moderate to strenuous 6.5 mile round trip hike to Point Mariah overlooking the beautiful Royal Gorge and North Fork of the American River. ...read more