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Camping & Lodging

Clair Tappaan Lodge is a historic, rustic mountain lodge nestled in the woods near Lake Tahoe, California. With accommodations for up to 145 guests, our lodge is the perfect home base for year-round recreation and relaxation in the Sierra Nevada. The friendly, casual atmosphere, proximity to endless outdoor recreation opportunities and affordable nightly rates make Clair Tappaan the perfect rustic getaway to the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet on historic Donner Summit, the Lodge is a charming spot from which to explore the riches of the Sierra Nevada. The area receives the highest average snowfall of the entire Sierra Nevada range, making the Lodge a favorite amongst cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

A network of nearby trails offers miles of hiking and provides access to fishing streams, remote meadows and peaks, and crystal clear lakes. The well-known Pacific Crest Trail is only a mile away and can be reached right out the back door of the lodge. The Donner Summit area is great for both road and mountain biking and is also widely known as a rock climbers’ mecca.

For those who are really adventurous, the Lodge is a great starting point for a multi-day trek to one of the four backcountry warming huts in the region. If you want to explore the mountains in the winter but don’t want to dig a snow cave or carry a tent, our backcountry huts may be perfect for you.

For more information, see the website.

Recommended Routes in Truckee - 8

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Favorite Some tough climbing rewarded by the great scenic sections
Difficult

Hole in the Ground Loop

16.9 mi 27.2 km 2,082' Up 634.49 m Up 2,054' Down 626.17 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Emigrant Trail, Tahoe National Forest.
Intermediate

Commemorative Overland Emigrant Trail

15.4 mi 24.8 km 829' Up 252.59 m Up 1,073' Down 327.02 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Good fun....
Difficult

DLRT (Donner Lake Rim Trail) Castle Valley to Donner Ridge

8.3 mi 13.3 km 1,222' Up 372.58 m Up 1,008' Down 307.31 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Whoosh !
Intermediate/Difficult

Tahoe City-Truckee Gravel Grinder

36.6 mi 59.0 km 2,565' Up 781.87 m Up 2,564' Down 781.62 m Down

Sunnysi…, CA
Favorite Zone-5 turn in the rain
Very Difficult

Northstar at Tahoe Downhill #1 Boondocks

1.5 mi 2.3 km 0' Up 0 m Up 923' Down 281.41 m Down

Tahoe V…, CA
Favorite Wildflowers carpet the Big Ben Trail in Royal Gorge.
Intermediate

Royal Gorge Hewlett Rim Trail

14.1 mi 22.8 km 1,573' Up 479.47 m Up 1,573' Down 479.57 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Sawtooth, looking west.
Difficult

Great Trail Race Elite Course

22.8 mi 36.7 km 2,977' Up 907.34 m Up 2,259' Down 688.43 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate

Sagehen/Prosser/Truckee Commuter Trail

14.7 mi 23.6 km 653' Up 199.02 m Up 1,154' Down 351.89 m Down

Truckee, CA

Truckee Biking

  • 207 Miles 333 Kilometers of Trail
  • 8 Recommended Routes
  • 19 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 17 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Truckee - 31

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8.5 mi 13.6 km #1Sawtooth Trail
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #2Boondocks
Very Difficult
Tahoe Vista, CA
Very Difficult
Tahoe Vista, CA
5.8 mi 9.4 km #3Big Chief Trail (Lower)
Intermediate/Difficult
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA 15 
4.7 mi 7.5 km #4Donner Lake Rim Trail: Northwood Boulevard Section
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #5Easy Rider
Easy
Tahoe Vista, CA
Easy
Tahoe Vista, CA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #6SR 89 North Trail
Easy
Truckee, CA
Easy
Truckee, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km #7Hole in the Ground
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
1.2 mi 2.0 km #8Wendin Way Access Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
10.6 mi 17.0 km #906 Road
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #10Telegraph
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA

Photos of Truckee - 39

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Good fun....
Aug 18, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Downhill.
May 26, 2016 near Tahoe V…, CA
Learning to turn
Aug 8, 2013 near Tahoe V…, CA
Great for small bikes too!
Aug 8, 2013 near Tahoe V…, CA
Alder Creek showing off autumn colors just past the Hwy 89 bridge crossing.
Oct 23, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Start of singletrack downhill
Feb 7, 2018 near Truckee, CA
Sawtooth Overlook. Worth the small detour.
Aug 18, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Emigrant Trail: 100% Singletrack, fast & flowy.
Sep 30, 2014 near Truckee, CA