Today we went to the Beaver Pond Trail, I'm sure it has a name but my Dad doesn't know it's real name so they've name it this... Unfortunately for me I didn't see any beavers but they would have been fun to chase, I smelled them while my Dad was taking the photo of the pond below. To the left they have built up a wall of sticks 6 feet high that is holding back all of the water.
This hike leaves from Highway 89 and parallels the road for a quarter mile and then heads into a canyon filled with Lodgepole and Ponderosa pine along with Fir and Aspen trees. It parallels a healthy stream the entire distance out to Stampede Reservoir. Here's a pic of us getting a drink.
Up to about 7 miles round trip as an out and back if you want to go to Stampede Reservoir but you can turn around whenever
From Truckee take Highway 89 towards Sierraville. About 2 miles past the Hobart Mills turnoff you'll come to a bridge in the highway and there is a parking area on the right that fits about 10 cars.
Well treed area with lots of large Ponderosa pine. As mentioned earlier there is also a lot of Lodgepole pine, Aspens and Fir trees. Once the trail starts to head down the canyon the noise of the human world slips away and it is very peaceful and quiet. This trail is quite popular with hikers and most have dogs tagging along. Would be a great walk in the summer to get a swim in at Stampede.
Leash required: Not on the trail but advised near the road
Water: Plentiful along the creek and at the lake