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We can’t wait to show off Carpenter Valley so we have arranged 24 opportunities to visit the valley this summer with one of our trained and certified docents starting in late June, just as soon as we forecast the access road to be drivable.

Just eight miles from the downtown Truckee train station, Lower Carpenter Valley will very soon be a Land Trust portfolio property. Until our stewardship team implements our comprehensive management plan for this special property, access will be via these docent hikes only.

A visit to Lower Carpenter Valley is accessible to all hikers. Each group will travel 5 miles round trip along a level fire road. This hike will focus on scenery and history, not speed, so budget three hours, 9 to noon, for the outing. Expect periodic stops for your Land Trust docent to point out the more interesting historic and natural features of the valley. Carpenter Valley is a hot spot for biodiversity and the wildflowers are constantly changing during the course of the summer.

Important notes:

Because of the sensitive nature of this unique and pristine environment, access to Lower Carpenter Valley is available only via docent-led hikes during the summer of 2017 while we implement improvements necessary to protect the ecosystem. To protect the flora and fauna, no dogs allowed in the Carpenter Valley Preserve. Your canine companion is welcome at every other Land Trust property.

Greyson Howard