The Truckee River Legacy Trail was established in 1997 to honor the Truckee River by enhancing access to its beauty while providing a route for alternative transportation. The current trail project provides 2 miles of paved bike path with numerous benches and historical interest boards. Plans are in the works to more than double the length of the trail.
The Truckee River Legacy Trail is a great place to go if you don’t have a lot of time to spend. Now that the snow has melted, the bushes are beginning to get their leaves, and the natural grass is a deep green. We will soon be spotting baby ducks and geese that are hatched along the river bank.
There are a variety of ways to enjoy the Truckee River Legacy Trail. It is open to foot traffic, as well as bikes. You may decide to do an out and back on the paved section and stop to read the historical interest boards. The boards give information about the first inhabitants, ice harvesting, fish in the river, and other Truckee lore.
I prefer to walk on the dirt trail that follows the edge of the river. You can follow the dirt trail for 2.3 miles and loop back to the paved bike path for your return, or walk directly back on the dirt trail. If you have more time, you can continue walking the dirt trail past the sanitation plant to the confluence of Martis Creek and the Truckee River. If you travel to the confluence and return, the total distance is 6.9 miles.
Bring your camera, kids, and the family dog to enjoy the beauty of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. If you plan to be out long, bring your own drinking water.
You can access the trail from the West end of Truckee Regional Park on Brockway Road, or from the pedestrian bridge off the East end of East River Street. My distances were measured from the pedestrian bridge.
|My route is in red. Click to enlarge|