Today we went to Coldstream Canyon, just outside Truckee which is truly a gem, read on!
Coldstream Canyon is just outside of Truckee and is a great hike for dogs and people alike. There are trails that meander but there is very nice trail that parallels Coldstream Creek (which looked a lot more like a river today). There are also a few lakes along the way that are rehabilitated gravel pits and there is a sign describing the transformation back to nature the pits are undergoing. From the parking area we headed up on the road for about a quarter mile until we got to the top of the hill. From here there is an old road that parallels the creek and there are frequent areas where the trail is accessible from the road. The creek will be on the left as you head up the trail.
Today we went about 4 miles but the gravel road and trail continue on past the second lake and the trail actually meets up with the Pacific Crest Trail once you cross the train tracks so you can go as many miles as you desire in a tremendously beautiful and peaceful area.
From Truckee take Donner Pass Road towards Donner Lake (west). At Coldstream Road take a left (where Chevron is) and follow the road for a quarter mile. The parking area is at the end of this road and the trail heads off to the left (not the do not enter road). Follow the road or the trail, they both parallel each other.
Well treed area with lots of large Lodge Pole Pine and Aspen. There are some mountain bikers and the occasional four wheeler driving on the road so we generally stick the trail just above the creek.
Leash required: No (although the sign at the parking area says yes)
Water: Plentiful along the creek and at the lakes