Looking for good hiking in and around Truckee? We’ve got some of the most beautiful mountain, forest, and lake scenery in the United States right here in our own back yard. From gentle, easy family trails that are kid and dog friendly, to rough and challenging destination hikes for the expert trekker, there’s a level of hiking trail suited to your every need, and every hiking mood! Take a look and find the best hiking in Truckee listed right here!
Hiking Negro Canyon Overlook Trails
Hiking Negro Canyon Overlook trails make for easy in-and-out (not a continuous loop) trails, with the main overlook trail about 2 miles long that is wide, well-marked, and popular with families, dog lovers, and mountain bikers. Side trails offer additional views and a rock formation. Over the years I have hiked here for a meteor shower, to see the fireworks over Donner Lake and have had wonderful snow shoe picnics.
Beginning at the trailhead at Glacier Way, the trail ends at a spectacular overlook with views of Negro Canyon, Donner Lake, and Donner Pass. There is a picnic table at the overlook, garbage must be packed out, please.
Side Trail 1: Left at the fork is for the overlook, right at the fork takes you up Donner Ridge, for a view of Castle Peak. This side trip is an additional half-mile of trail if you choose to add it to your hike.
Side Trail 2: A second wide spot on the trail (driveway sized) offers a side trip to a beautiful rock formation and nice views. Formation is easily climbable with caution.
Overlook Trail: 90 minutes at a brisk walk, 3 hours with small children.
Side trail to Castle Peak view: Add 30 minutes at a brisk walk, 1 hour with small children
Side trail to rock formation: Add 45 minutes at a brisk walk, 1.5 or more hours with small climbers!