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Where to Enjoy Trails During Forest Closures

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A temporary closure of all National Forests in California went into effect Aug. 31 and will run through Friday, Sept. 17. But that doesn't mean there aren't any trails to enjoy. Below is a list of where you can enjoy biking, hiking, and walking outside on trails unaffected by closures. Keep in mind, fire danger is extreme. Always behave responsibly and absolutely no sparks!

Tahoe Donner

The Tahoe Donner Trail system remains open. You can find the trail map here. The Tahoe Donner Trail System is the ultimate playground for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers and equestrians with more than 60 miles of trails and fire access service roads spanning over 5,000 acres. With over 60 miles of multi-use terrain available to explore, Tahoe Donner has trails for almost every ability—and every trail offers a unique experience. From the avid outdoorsman ready to conquer his next mountain to the family looking for an easy stroll with the kids, Tahoe Donner has it all. Find hiking suggestions based on our group here.

Donner Lake Rim Trail

The Donner Lake Rim Trails is on Donner Land Trust property and therefore is open to enjoy. The Donner Lake Rim Trail (DRLT) is a Land Trust project to build a 23-mile multi-use trail on the mountains and ridges surrounding Donner Lake. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians will enjoy stunning views of Donner Lake, Mount Rose and the Pacific Crest. Currently 12 miles of the 23-mile trail have been constructed and are available for public use. Find trail details here.

Truckee River Legacy Trail

The Truckee River Legacy Trail is a 6-mile paved Class I bike path starting at the Truckee River Regional Park. This beautiful path winds along the Truckee River with a bridge over Martis Creek and is a popular trail for bikers, runners, dog walkers and families. Stop to picnic along the river, or rest at the benches. Informational plaques along the trail teach the history of the Truckee River. More details here

Martis Valley Loop

Martis Creek Trail is a 4.3 mile, relatively flat, loop trail located near Truckee that features views of Northstar and is suited for all skill levels. Picnic tables and benches can be found along the way. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Find details here.
 

Truckee River Paved Trail: Squaw Valley to Tahoe City to Dollar Hill

The Truckee River Bike Trail is one of the better off-road running options in the Tahoe area. The paved trail runs for just over 5 miles, between Squaw Valley and Tahoe City and has been extended up to Dollar Hill. See the map here. Find detailed information here.
 

East Shore Trail

Dubbed as “America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway”, the long awaited Tahoe East Shore Trail is not only a spectacular way to recreate at North America’s largest alpine lake, but also provides direct access to public beaches, coves and trails along the picturesque Nevada shoreline. Located in North Lake Tahoe nearest Incline Village, this new trail system lies below the highway bordering Lake Tahoe’s eastern shoreline, providing unfiltered views and incomparable access to Lake Tahoe. Note that Sand Harbor State Park is currently closed, so plan to enjoy only the path. Learn more about the East Shore Trail here.