Castle Valley Docent Led Hike

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The Castle Valley hike starts at the Ernest Tschannen Trailhead on the north side of I-80 opposite the Boreal Ski Resort (exit 176). The hike circles the south end of the Valley, follows the Pacific Crest Trail to its junction with the Warren Lake Trail, then, passes near Summit Lake before climbing steeply to cliffs overlooking Frog Lake. The first half is through peaceful forest and meadows; the second half has spectacular panoramic views, but it is unrelentingly steep. There can be wonderful wildflowers, depending on snowmelt and elevation. Total distance is 3-4 miles each way with 1700 feet of elevation gain in the second half.

Bring lunch (which we will probably eat at Frog Lake Overlook), and lots of water, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. If showers are in the forecast, bring a rain jacket.

Hiking details:

This is a magnificent, but strenuous, hike that lasts all day.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Take the Boreal Castle Peak exit from I-80 (exit 176). On the north side of the freeway, follow the paved frontage road east to the end of the pavement and the USFS gate. Park on the side of the paved road and meet at the gate.

What should I bring to the event?

Please wear closed toe shoes and bring bug spray, sunnglasses, hat, sunscreen, water, lunch and snacks. Depending on the weather, you may need rain gear or cold weather gear.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Need to cancel or change your date? Contact

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. Tickets are interchangeable, but the attendee should inform the docent and be willing to fill out the required paperwork at the trailhead. Please make sure that your substitute is aware of the difficulty of the hike.

Are there restrooms available?

No. Please come prepared to use the woods off the trail as necessary.

Can I bring my dog on the hike?

No. Pets will not be allowed on any of the group hikes. We kindly ask that you leave your pets at home. Your canine companion is welcome at every Land Trust property that is currently open to the public. Please visit for recommendations.


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.

Photo credit : Dick Simpson

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