Are you feeling adventurous? Good, because Truckee is filled with fun, adrenaline pumping, outdoor adventures for your family. Whatever you’re craving, whether it’s mountaintop hiking, rock climbing, or lake exploring, there’s something for everyone. When you need a strong dose of fresh air, look no further than these 5 adventures in Truckee.
Safety Reminder: Enjoy all outdoor activities with members of your household only. Mixing households, even outdoors, is strongly discouraged and has been linked to recent cases in Truckee. Bring your face covering, wash your hands after using any rental gear, and have fun at a safe distance from others!
Have you always wanted to try rock climbing? The Tahoe Via Ferrata is a great introduction! Unlike traditional rock climbing which involves setting up ropes and anchors, this is more of a climbing experience, combining the best aspects of climbing, hiking, and scrambling. There are fixed ladder rungs, steel steps, suspension bridges and steel cables to make the vertical terrain accessible to everyone. Climb the Tram Face for a birds-eye view of the village below and experience Squaw Valley in a whole new way. As a result of COVID-19, Squaw Valley has modified operations, which includes these additional safety modifications to the Via Ferrata
Are you ready for a granite getaway? If so, book a rock climbing course with NASTC. They offer guided trips and rock climbing classes on Donner Summit for all ages and abilities. Conquer your fear of heights, bond with members of your household, and learn a new skill with attentive, encouraging guides to cheer you on. You don’t need any prior climbing experience. NASTC offers courses for every ability, from beginning to advanced. All you have to do is show up, tie in, and have a great time adventuring up the granite walls of Donner Summit.
The cool, crystal clear water of Donner Lake is beckoning! Forget about kayaking, try something totally different and rent a hydrobike or pedal boat from Donner Lake Watersports in two locations – the Donner Lake Village or the Donner Memorial State Park. A cruise on a hydrobike is a fun adventure for anyone who loves cycling. And, they’re surprisingly stable on the water! Rent a pedal boat if you’re more in the mood for a leisurely float.
Take a chairlift ride in the safety of your own household bubble, up to some of the most beautiful vistas and hiking trails in Truckee. Northstar California has over 39 trails to explore on foot after a dazzling scenic ride to the top. Fill your backpack with sunscreen, snacks, and most importantly, a camera! Don’t be intimidated by the terrain, there are hiking trails for every ability. When it comes to scenic hiking, you can’t beat the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from atop Northstar California.
The health and safety of employees and guests is a top priority for Northstar California. Learn how they have reimagined the resort experience in their Commitment To Safety. Anytime you are on the trail, please make sure to wear a face covering around others and follow this important hiking etiquette.
If you love trail running, sign up for one of Epic Endurance Events’ Tahoe Mountain Training Camps! In lieu of a summer race calendar, this incredible running adventure getaway is a way to experience the world-class trails around Truckee.
Here’s what’s included in one of these weekend camps: daily runs on rugged, scenic trails in the Tahoe National Forest, daily clinics led by elite coaches, homecooked meals by your host, Epic Endurance Events, and a spacious, private base camp on Donner Summit for tent and RV camping. The camp is tucked away in a peaceful forest, just 15 minutes from downtown Truckee. Enjoy a quiet getaway near alpine lakes and scenic trail, and of course, truly epic trail running.
Tips to Enjoy Your Fresh Air Adventure Safely
- Check the latest Know Before You Go travel information for visitors.
- Always carry a face covering and wear it around others when social distancing is not possible.
- In order to prevent the spread of COVID, plan your adventure with members of your household bubble only. Recent cases in Truckee have risen as a result of mixing households, linked through contact tracing.
- Avoid peak times, adventure early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid crowds.
Siobhan traveled the American West as a National Park Ranger before setting down roots in Truckee. Outdoor adventure is her bread and butter and most days you can find her skiing, trail running, or backpacking. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram @siokenney.