Mary West: Exploring the Legacy Trail in Nevada
I was just going to go for a drive. I headed east up Interstate 80. I kept driving. Before I knew it, I saw signs for Truckee. I figured that was far enough and planned to turn around. I took the 188A exit to Truckee then took a right onto Donner Pass Road. Taking the freeway back seemed like a waste of a great day for a drive so I took a left on Glenshire Drive for a mile and a little bit. This is where I saw the sign for the Truckee River Legacy Trail. I pulled into a nice gravel parking lot and Googled the trail. The history is long and riveting. Check it out if you have the time. One can only wonder as to what all of California looked like a few hundred years ago. The Truckee River Legacy Trail is a chance to imagine.
From the town of Truckee website: The native Washoe name for this stretch of the Truckee river is Wáta ’íyel or “big river.” Before non-natives arrived, the Washoe had villages and fish camps all along the river.
The view from ground level was a big departure from most hikes. Little to no elevation change here. Yet the view of surrounding peaks was impressive. Familiar friends — Anderson Peak, Tinker Knob and Mount Judah — are all in view.
Some paved and some decomposed stone paths, sturdy bridges and good signage are all nice additions to this walk. It truly is more of a walk than a hike. Flat meadow with a river running through it. The trail was great in summer, I can only imagine it in spring. I may have to return in spring, so I don’t have to imagine.
Glenshire Drive is just one of the trailheads. Six entry points are found along the five-mile trail. I found this trail relaxing, clean and easy. I find most of Nevada’s trails to be clean of trash. The signage is usually above average. Expansions are also planned.
If you are looking for different scenery and don’t mind the drive, consider the Truckee River Legacy Trail.
Mary West is author of the book series Day Hiker – Gold Country Trail Guide I, II and III (2nd edition Available on Amazon). The books are a collection of the Day Hiker columns where West shares her longtime love of the outdoors, favorite hikes in Northern California’s Gold Country and beyond. West was the recipient of the 2017 and 2019 CRAFT Award for Best Outdoor Column and the 2020 Craft Award for her second book in the series-Day Hiker Gold Country Trail Guide by the Outdoor Writers of California. You can follow West on Facebook and Instagram
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