Lower Carpenter Valley Trail Underway

A test puncheon on the new trail, photo by Truckee Trails Foundation.

A test puncheon on the new trail, photo by Truckee Trails Foundation.

The Lower Carpenter Valley Trail is nearing completion, and will be open to the public in the summer of 2020!

The nearly 2.5-mile trail is built with meadow lovers, anglers, birders and wildlife viewing in mind. From the new trailhead at the south-east end of Lower Carpenter Valley, the trail traverses the property along the meadow’s edge, with sections of boardwalk that take visitors into the meadow while protecting the delicate wildlife. Sandhill crane, resident bears, migrating birds and even beavers swimming in the creek make Lower Carpenter Valley a great place for wildlife lovers. Farther up the valley, the terrain opens up to incredible views of the surrounding peaks and ridges, looking across to the rare fens (freshwater bogs that host unique and uncommon wildlife).

Benches and picnic tables along the trail will offer great places to take a break with a view. Signs will offer a glimpse into the valley’s habitats, wildlife and history.

This trail – years in the making – balances access, incredible views and scenery, and protecting the sensitive resources of the valley. We think you’ll find it worth the wait – see you on the trail next summer!

Learn more about Lower Carpenter Valley here.

Greyson Howard