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The Best Backpacking in Truckee

Looking for the best backpacking in Truckee? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Truckee. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Truckee

  • Truckee, California

    Coldstream Road to PCT

    9.53 mi / 2385 ft gain
    Coldstream Road to PCT is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Truckee, California.
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  • Truckee, California

    Pacific Crest Trail to Mt. Lincoln

    6.04 mi / 1483 ft gain
    Pacific Crest Trail to Mt. Lincoln is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Norden, California.
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  • Truckee, California

    Mount Judah Loop Trail

    5.22 mi / 1250 ft gain
    Mount Judah Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Truckee, California.
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  • Tahoe Vista, California

    Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) Complete Loop

    164.36 mi / 1358 ft gain
    Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) Complete Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near South Lake Tahoe, California.
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  • Tahoe Vista, California

    Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock Viewpoint

    3 mi / 732 ft gain
    Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock Viewpoint is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Kings Beach, California.
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  • Soda Springs, California

    Hike to the Peter Benson Hut

    5.0
    11.6 mi / 1800 ft gain
    Drive to the top of Donner Summit via the Old Hwy 40 and park at the Donner Summit PCT trailhead, just past the Sugar Bowl Academy Building. Begin hiking up-hill through a somewhat forested area for about 2 miles. Shortly after you pass the trail sign for the Mt. Judah Loop, you will come to a sm...
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  • Nevada County, California

    PCT: CA Section L - Highway 80 to Highway 49

    37.02 mi / 5036 ft gain
    PCT: CA Section L - Highway 80 to Highway 49 is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Soda Springs, California.
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  • Soda Springs, California

    White Rock Lake Via Pacific Crest Trail

    23.45 mi / 3898 ft gain
    White Rock Lake Via Pacific Crest Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Soda Springs, California.
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  • Soda Springs, California

    Backpack to Warren Lake

    4.0
    The first 1.6 miles along the Pacifc Crest Trail is the same route to Summit Lake Trail. When you see the fork for Warren Lake and Summit Lake, head to the left. Although the Summit Lake trail looks easier, which it is, don't let that detour you. Start climbing up the 1,500ft incline then drop ba...
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  • Truckee, California

    Paradise Lake Trail

    15.05 mi / 2618 ft gain
    Paradise Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Truckee, California.
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  • Olympic Valley, California

    Backpack Granite Chief (2 Days)

    14 mi
    Heading out on the Granite Chief Trail, you'll start with a challenging 3.5 mile hike to meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail. During this part of the trek, you'll gain approximately 2,000ft. The good news is that most of this hike is forested, so you'll get a little coverage to protect from the ...
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  • Alpine Meadows, California

    Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley

    11.4 mi / 2562 ft gain
    Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Olympic Valley, California.
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  • Alpine Meadows, California

    Whisky Creek Camp Trail

    7.54 mi / 1732 ft gain
    Whisky Creek Camp Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Olympic Valley, California.
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  • Tahoe City, California

    Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit

    19.19 mi / 3304 ft gain
    Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Tahoe City, California.
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  • Tahoe City, California

    Rawhide to Paige Loop

    7.1 mi / 780 ft gain
    Rawhide to Paige Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Tahoe City, California
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  • Tahoe City, California

    Ride Twin Peaks in Lake Tahoe's Backcountry

    This trip is best done in two days with an approach day and then a descent day. Get started at the base of the Sherwood Chair on the backside of the Alpine ski area. Head up, outside of the ski area boundary toward the high ridge.Once on the ridge, you follow it south for a few miles until reachi...
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