Elizabethtown Meadows and Waddle Ranch - 2022

Elizabethtown Meadows and Waddle Ranch - 2022

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Hwy 267 at Northstar Drive

Across Hwy 267 from Northstar California

Truckee, CA 96161

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Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Elizabethtown Meadows and Waddle Ranch.

About this event

Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Elizabethtown Meadows.  The Middle Fork of Martis Creek, a year round stream, runs for nearly a mile through the property. The property consists of Jeffrey Pine forest uplands and three large mountain meadows. We will wander through the meadow to enjoy wildflowers, wildlife and amazing view of the Pacific Crest. The hike continues onto the adjacent Waddle Ranch property, which is 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.

Hiking Details:

An easy 8 mile hike with moderate elevation changes through meadows and forests. Note that there is a quarter mile walk down a hill from the parking area to the trailhead and then back up the hill back to the parking area at the end.  Please be out of your vehicle and ready to hike at the time set for the hike to begin. 


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

   From Truckee:

Take Highway 267 to Northstar California resort.  Park in the Northstar's Castle Peak parking area Red Lot #2.  Meet your group at the trailhead at the back of the lot.  

What should I bring to the event?

 Please wear closed toe shoes and bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, and snacks you'll need for our outing. Depending on the weather, you may need sun protection (hat/glasses) or rain gear or cold weather gear.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Need to cancel or change your date? Contact chris@tdlandtrust.org

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

Yes. Tickets are interchangable, but please inform your 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 please leave your pets at home. Your canine companion is welcome at every Land Trust property that is currently open to the public EXCEPT for Lower Carpenter Valley. Please visit tdlandtrust.org 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.


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