Sagehen Creek

Truckee, California

Sagehen Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Wildflower season reaches a dramatic crescendo in early to midsummer along Sagehen Creek, where a short, easy trail provides access to the area for flower lovers young and old. Fall is a delightful time for a visit as well, when autumn colors are at their height.

No matter what the season, hikers who travel all the way to the end of the trail have the added bonus of a fine view of Stampede Reservoir, although it develops a somewhat unsightly bathtub ring late in the season as the water level drops."

Sagehen Creek Reviews

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6/9/2018
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6/18/2016
Very pretty trail. Not difficult. We weren't sure where the return directions would bring us out so we backtracked on the return.
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5/29/2010
Nice level walk along Sagehen Creek to Stampede Reservior, with lots of nice spots for lunch - no tables, but plenty of downed trees and stumps. A nice variety of settings, considering the relatively short distance - evergreen forest to alpine meadow, and despite the fact we were out on Memorial Day weekend, not overused. The only thing that keeps this trail from being absolutely perfect for younger children is the fact that there are no facilities or trash receptacles at the trailhead. It may or may not pose a problem for you, depending on your comfort level at packing out what can't be properly taken care of on the trail. Expect to see dogs on the trail - our dog is super-sociable, so he really enjoyed that. Between the creek and backsides to sniff, he was in heaven. Be sure to bring bug repellant -it's a bit marshy around the reservoir, and the mosquitos can be heavy. I'm uploading a few photos - should give you a feel for what the walk is like.
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7/11/2009
My daughter (11) and I loved this trail. We try to hike at least 3 to 4 new trails a year now that she is old enough to do more than a mile or two. It's has amazing views and is an easy hike to take up an afternoon with loved ones. I also am a n avid photographer in training. If your looking for an easy hike with great views for anyone this is a great hike. Check out the pics I posted there are 5 of them.
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6/1/2009
I enjoyed this hike but I will forever remember it as the "mosquito" trail. I recommend insect repellent for this one. I still gave it 5 stars though. Its pretty in the spring with lots of wild flowers and you're not climbing any mountains since it mostly follows the creek. The hike can be as long as you want it to be depending on where you decide to turn around. Or, you can go all the way to Stampede reservoir and back.
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Trail Information

Truckee
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5 miles
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 to 3.5 hours
Duration
Best May through October
Season
Wildflowers
Features
Tahoe National Forest at 530-994-3401, www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Hobart Mills (trail not shown)
Local Maps
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