Carpenter Valley Guided Hike

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Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club invite you on a guided hike in the magnificent Lower Carpenter Valley. Just over the ridge from Tahoe Donner's Crabtree Canyon, but long hidden from public view, Carpenter Valley offers grand scenery, lush meadows carpeted by wildflowers, and the chance to see wildlife in their natural environs.

This hike will feature commentary by a Nature Conservancy ecologist (and Tahoe Donner member) who worked on the acquisition with the Land Trust. It will also highlight the tremendous recreational opportunities that the Tahoe Donner community will enjoy once Carpenter Valley is fully open to the public.

For now, however, the only way to visit this extraordinary place is through docent led hikes like this one exclusively for Tahoe Donner members and their guests.

Hike Details

About 5 miles on mostly flat dirt roads.

Arrive Early

Please Arrive Early: The hike starts at 9:00, but you will want to give yourself plenty of time to drive Carpenter Valley Road and to find parking. I would plan to be turning off Alder Creek Road and starting down Carpenter Valley Road at around 8:30.

Driving Directions and Map

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 off to the sides out of the roadway near the locked gate. (See the notes on parking below.) This is a dirt road, but it is in good condition and driveable for most vehicles.

Driving Map:

Parking: 5 Points

1. There is no parking lot, and there is no trailhead. You will need to park wherever you can along the side of the road.

2. You will know it is time to find a parking space when you reach a closed gate. The closed gate is approximately 3/4 of a mile beyond the power lines.

3. Carpenter Valley Road is quite narrow. When parking it is absolutely imperative that you leave room for large emergency vehicles to pass. If you have even the slightest doubt about whether you have left enough room for emergency vehicles, move your car.

4. We are extremely concerned about fire potential. Before leaving your parked car, look carefully around your vehicle to make sure that you are not parking near or upon any dry grasses or any other easily combustible materials. If you are, move your car.

5. Park nose out toward Alder Creek Road. In other words, once you see it is time to park, turn your car around, and then park. Should an emergency arise, this will help us evacuate the area as quickly and efficiently as possible.


What should I wear and bring to the event?

Please wear appropriate hiking footwear and clothing, and bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, and any snacks you'll need for our outing.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Tahoe Donner's Trails Club at

Are restrooms available?

No. The nearest restroom is at the Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner Cross Country so please come prepared.

Can I bring my dog on the hike?

No. Due to the sensitive nature of this unique and pristine environment, dogs are not allowed and we kindly ask that you please leave your pets at home. Your canine companion is welcome at every other Land Trust property. Please visit for recommendations.


Liability Release Waivers:

Because this hike is a joint event hosted by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club, all participants will be required to sign two waiver. All Trails Club members will be covered by the waiver they have on file with the club, and non-club members will be provided with waivers either by email or on the day of the hike. For the Land Trust's waiver, please see below as registration for this hike will satisfy their waiver requirements.

Truckee Donner Land Trust Release of Liability:

By signing the log below, I acknowledge and agree to all of the following: In consideration for being allowed to participate in Truckee Donner Land Trust trail building, maintenance days, and volunteer events, I, the undersigned, on behalf of myself and my heirs and assigns, agree to waive any and all claims for damages arising as a result of my participation in above activities, and further agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Truckee Trails Foundation, Truckee Donner Land Trust, the USFS and other landowners on whose property the above activities may occur, and their respective officers, employees, and agents from any loss, liability, damage, cost, or expense arising out of my participation in the above activities. This waiver and indemnification agreement shall apply regardless of any negligence or carelessness of any person or entity. I give the Truckee Trails Foundation and Truckee Donner Land Trust permission to use for publicity purposes any photographs or video footage including my likeness that may be taken during the above activities.

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