Martis Creek Lake–Waddell Ranch

Truckee, California

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Once past a rather mundane, mile-plus walk along a paved road to and then across Martis Dam, the route to the Waddle Ranch Preserve becomes a pleasant hike through serene forest to Ella Lake. The seasonal lake is a wildlife sanctuary for a host of birds and mammals, especially pleasant in early season when water is typically most abundant and wildflowers adorn the shore. Originally slated for development, the nearly 1,500-acre tract was acquired through the efforts of the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land in 2007 for 23.5 million dollars. Nowadays, recreationists can enjoy the area via a fine network of trails.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Once past a rather mundane, mile-plus walk along a paved road to and then across Martis Dam, the route to the Waddle Ranch Preserve becomes a pleasant hike through serene forest to Ella Lake. The seasonal lake is a wildlife sanctuary for a host of birds and mammals, especially pleasant in early season when water is typically most abundant and wildflowers adorn the shore.

Originally slated for development, the nearly 1,500-acre tract was acquired through the efforts of the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land in 2007 for 23.5 million dollars. Nowadays, recreationists can enjoy the area via a fine network of trails.

© 2016 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Truckee
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Season: Best May-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 530-587-8113, www.spk.usace.army.mil /Locations/SacramentoDistrictParks/MartisCreekLake.aspx; Truckee Donner Land Trust at 530-582-4711, tdlandtrust.org
Local Maps: TDLT Martis Valley Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Martis Creek Lake–Waddell Ranch

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