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Lower Carpenter Valley Docent Led Child Focus Hike

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From the intersection of Carpenter Valley Road and Alder Creek Road, travel on main Carpenter Valley Road for 2.25 miles to the locked gate. Park well on the sides of the roadway, staying well off the road to allow passage along road.

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It's a special treat for families with small children! Truckee Donner Land Trust invites you on a guided hike specifically geared for the child in all of us in the magnificent Lower Carpenter Valley. This will be a slow paced hike with chances for play along the way. 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.

Hiking details: Enjoy a docent-led, 2+mile round trip hike on mostly flat terrain on somewhat rough ranch roads.This will be a slower paced hike with stops designed to allow play amongst the erractic boulders and along the creek side.


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

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 well off the side of the roadway near the locked gate.

How strenuous is the hike?

The hike is not as long or as quick as the other Lower Carpenter Valley hikes to allow for time to play among the glaciated boulders and at the creek side. We will hike slightly over 2 miles out and back on mostly flat terrain on somewhat rough dirt roads at about 6200 feet in elevation.

Are there restrooms available?

No. The nearest restroom is at the Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.Please come prepared to use the woods off the trail as necessary.

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. Since we will be playing by the creek, come prepared to get wet.

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 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.

Can I bring my dog on the hike?

No. Due to the sensitive nature of this unique and pristine environment, dogs are not allowed in the Carpenter Valley. 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. 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.

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From the intersection of Carpenter Valley Road and Alder Creek Road, travel on main Carpenter Valley Road for 2.25 miles to the locked gate. Park well on the sides of the roadway, staying well off the road to allow passage along road.

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