|Tahoe Rim Trail above Tahoe City|
I usually don't run in the Tahoe area by this time of year. The running shoes should have made way for the ski boots. The only running I would do would be on a treadmill, out of town, or on the indoor track at the Truckee Recreation center. This year is a little different. The mild sunny days and lack of snow have kept me on the roads and trails. There are plenty of paved bike trails and single track running trails around Truckee that are essentially free of snow
The following are two great running areas that are safe, hill free and easy to access.
Truckee Legacy Trail, This trail can be accessed from the East end of East River Street in Truckee. This is a paved bike trail that is approximately 2 miles long. A fire road continues out a mile further. There are also single track options that follow the bank of the Truckee River.
Martis Lake Dam Recreation Area. This area is accessed off Martis Dam Road from Hwy 267. The gate is closed this time of year, offering a 3 mile run to Martis Dam. If you want trail running, cross the dam and go to the right on the single track. This is the Waddle Ranch Preserve. This is a new land acquisition that provides hiking and mountain biking trails. There is little to no snow on these hiking trails.
The running is still good at the higher elevations too. The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) section from Martis Peak to Hwy. 267 is totally runable. I would imagine the sections from Hwy 267 to Tahoe City would be as well.
When you travel in the high country this time of year, you should take some safety precautions to keep from getting stuck overnight in freezing temperatures.
The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team recommend the following safety tips for this time of year.
Don’t wear cotton clothes, they absorb moisture. Use synthetics.
Take a cell phone with you.
Tell people where you are going, your expected return time and who you are going with.