Adventures in Truckee to Start Summer Off Right


June is the perfect time to kick off those summer adventures in Truckee because it means long, warm days to explore, explore, explore! Our list of summer adventures includes getting on the trails as much as possible, taking advantage of the full rivers and lakes in the area, and finding ways to soak up the natural beauty of Truckee. This summer, we’re excited to break out-of-the-box to find new ways to enjoy the area and maybe find a new spot or two.

Adventures on the Trail

Summer means spending lots of time on the trails by hiking, biking, horse back riding, and more! Be sure to check out some of our favorite trails to hike this time of the year. Mountain biking is always a fun way to enjoy summer around Truckee. Did you know that the mountain bike park at Northstar California is Northern California’s largest park? Find endless trails, rentals, and expert advice at the resort starting June 14th (snowmelt permitting). Another incredible way to get on the trails is via horse. Head to the Equestrian Center at Tahoe Donner for guided horseback rides, pony rides, and kids programs, or check out the adventures awaiting at the Piping Rock Horses. Runners will have lots to look forward to this summer with races like the Broken Arrow Skyrace at Squaw Valley, the Big Chief 50k Ultra Trail Run, or the Castle Peak 100k.

Adventures in the Water

With all of this winter’s snowmelt, the rivers and lakes are full and we’re ready to dive straight in. One way to enjoy the water is by rafting the raging Truckee River. Take a mellow tour from Tahoe City to River Ranch with Truckee River Raft Company or have IRIE Rafting Company get your heart pumping with Class II-III rapids while rafting to Reno. Enjoy the beautiful Donner Lake with a relaxing morning paddle with rentals at Tahoe Sports Hub. Craving more time on the lake? Catch a cruise with the iconic paddlewheel boat, the Tahoe Gal, and see the most iconic spots along Tahoe’s West Shore. Spend even more time around water by learning how to fly fish with one of the top programs in the country, Matt Heron Fly Fishing school.

Adventures Finding Waterfalls

If there was a summer made for waterfall spotting, this is it! Check out the iconic falls tucked into Shirley Canyon at Squaw Valley, spot a humble falls at the top of the Donner Summit Canyon hike, and head to the Little Truckee River to see the Webber Falls.

Adventures for the ‘Gram

There are NO end to great photo spots around Truckee/Tahoe. Some can be found with minimal effort (like walking out to your deck and snapping a photo!) and some can be a little more challenging to grab. Our top favorite spots to take photos are: the Donner Lake Train Tunnels, Frog Lake Overlook, the downtown landscape from Cottonwood Restaurant, and Rainbow Bridge. Head out for sunrise or alpenglow for an extra special photo. Have an amazing Truckee photo? Share it with us on our Welcome to Truckee Facebook page!  

Adventures with a View

Climb to all of Truckee/North Tahoe’s old fire lookouts. For many years, local fire departments would depend on lookout towers to spot fires around the basin. Because firefighters would need a clear view of the entire area, the lookouts are the perfect place for views like none other. Start your lookout tour in Truckee at the Martis Peak Fire Lookout, one of our favorites in the area. From the top, you’ll get views of North Shore, Truckee, Donner, and Glenshire. Head next to North Tahoe for the Stateline Fire Lookout. As the name implies, the lookout straddles the Kings Beach/Crystal Bay border and offers incredible views of North Lake Tahoe. If you have time for a drive or want a mini camping escape, make your next stop the Calpine Lookout, just north of Sierraville. This lookout is awesome because you can actually spend the night in the tower!