Carpenter Valley Interpretive Guided Hike, June 2

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Tahoe Donner’s Trails Department, the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club, and the Truckee Donner Land Trust invite you on an interpretive 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 on the valley’s ecology and history, detail the ways in which Tahoe Donner is working with the Land Trust to provide access to the valley, and highlight the tremendous recreational opportunities 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. You should plan to turn off Alder Creek Road and start 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. Parking near the locked gate is extremely limited.

2. Parking at the beginning of Carpenter Valley Road is ample. We would appreciate hikers being willing to carpool from there. A Land Trust docent will be organizing carpools in that parking area.

3. Park only on the LEFT side of the road.

4. When parking it is 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.

5. We are 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.


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:

I, the Undersigned, for myself and on behalf of my spouse, heirs, beneficiaries, successors and assigns, acknowledge and agree to all of the following:

In consideration of my participation in Truckee Donner Land Trust trail building, maintenance days, guided tours, docent led hikes and/or volunteer events, I hereby waive, release and discharge any and all claims for damages or injury arising as a result of my participation in these activities, and further agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Truckee Trails Foundation, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service on whose property the above activities may occur (collectively “Releasees”), and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any loss, liability, damage, causes of action, cost or expense for or on account of bodily injury or property damage arising from or in any way related to my participation in the above activities or as may be related thereto. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall apply regardless of any negligence or carelessness on the part of Releasees.

I acknowledge that there are natural conditions which are or may be inherently dangerous and that I may suffer serious bodily injury or death, or which may cause injury to property. I hereby agree to and assume all risks of harm, including but not limited to property damage, bodily injury, or death, as may result from engagement in the above activities or resulting from the acts, omissions or conduct of Releasees.

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.

I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I have freely and voluntarily executed this agreement.

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