Truckee California

The Mystique of Truckee Get Ready for the Great Outdoors

I lived in the Bay Area for most of my life, and I used to go to Lake Tahoe or Reno three to four times a year. (Sometimes more!) I really liked going to Reno, because you get there by driving I–80, which of course leads you right to Truckee.

More times than I can remember I would jump off the freeway onto Highway 89 and head into Truckee. At that time Truckee was very small and primitive, with very few people and lots of raw nature. Whenever I made the trip to Reno I would carry my gear with me, (camping tent, sleeping bag and lantern), just in case.

The Truckee River is magnificent when viewed from the freeway, but being down there next to it was awesome. In the spring the river was a torrent, fed by the snowmelt. In the winter it was a roiling blue–gray surrounded by logs and snow. Very impressive and awe–inspiring.

The Truckee Outdoors Today

Recently I visited the Bay Area, and while I was there I took that familiar drive to Truckee. I was astonished at how big it has become, and all the recreational facilities that have sprung up around the area.

There are several large sporting goods stores in and around Truckee now with signs such as 'Camping Tents For Sale', and 'Best Ski Equipment Here'.

There are several campgrounds in the area now, all beautiful and well located to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. If you are 'just passing through' and decide that you would like to stay for a day or two, you can easily get a camping tent and camping supplies close by.

Truckee also has the benefit of being a 'year round' place to visit. During the warm months there is camping, hiking and many water sport locations. Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, and the many lakes in the region are beautiful to visit any time of the year. The winter months draw just as much attention as there are many ski resorts close to Truckee. The most well known are Squaw Valley, North Star, Boreal, and Sugar Bowl.

No matter what the time of year, you will be captivated by Truckee and it's surroundings. No one goes to Truckee one time only. Once you have visited, you will go back, again and again.