Today my Dad took me to one of my favorite places, the Little Truckee River. I love the river so much, I just run up and down the shore and take the occasional dip in the nice cool water. There were some fishermen out today, one was sitting on a log next to the water eating a sandwich, I sat patiently next to him for at least a minute giving him the gaze but alas he would not give me any sandwich - mean!
This is a great hike for dogs and people who want a casual stroll along the side of a beautiful river. There were even some yellow wildflowers out but my Daddy wasn't too happy as it's too early but what can you do. This is an out and back hike, from the parking area you can hike down the river about 2 miles before having to turn back as there is a steep landslide on the north side of the river that prevents travel (in the summer you can wade across to the south side of the river and continue on but it's too cold now). There is a well defined trail paralleling the river for about 1.5 miles heading down river, after that it's rock hopping and picking your way through the gravel to continue.
Today we went about 4 miles as an out and back. As mentioned above this is about the limit unless you can find a way to cross the river.
From Truckee take I-80 east towards Reno and get off at the Hirschdale exit and take a left under the freeway (there is also an on-ramp here for easy exit on your return trip). Follow the road over the Truckee River and across the train tracks and you'll quickly come to Boca Reservoir on the left. Continue following the road for about 4 miles until you see dam at Stampede Reservoir. There is a well defined parking area on the left, once you've parked the trail heads downstream directly from the parking lot.
Cold water coming off the bottom of Stampede Reservoir fill this medium to small river. The south side of the river is well treed and the north side is mostly gravel and small boulders. You will almost always see a fisherman or two perfecting their craft and usually there are people hiking with their dogs (especially on hot days).
Leash required: No
Water: Plentiful along the river