Martis Creek Trail

Lake Tahoe

Easy nature walk along a creek with mountains on the horizon and a good chance of spotting wildlife.

Hiking Easy

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
22 m
Descent
22 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
Martis Creek Trail Map

Martis Creek Wildlife Viewing area has about 15 miles of trails that weave around the neighborhoods and natural areas here. They are open to hikers and bikers, with the exception of Martis Creek Trail. Closed to bicycles, this one is even more peaceful than the rest, and happens to be especially beautiful.

Description

The flat, easy trail stays beside Martis Creek, which meanders across the meadow, nourishing small wetlands and a lake throughout the year. In spring the ponds fill and burst to life, and though they shrink in summer, the wetlands remain a reliable source of water and leafy food for numerous wildlife. You may see deer, beaver, fox, and a variety of birds including eagles, waterfowl, and migratory species.

Looking by your feet you’ll find a diversity of plant life including wildflowers and water-loving species like willow and sedge, which contrast with the dry sagebrush and grasses that surround. Looking up, you’ll see the ski slopes of Northstar Mountain to the south and the rugged tops of the Sierra Nevada mountains far to the west.

In less than a mile from the trailhead, Martis Creek Trail meets with the greater Tompkins Memorial Trail system, where you can complete a short loop back to your car by turning right or a longer loop by turning left.

Sources: https://www.truckeetrails.org/trails/martis-creek-trail/ https://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/content/martis-creek-lake-california-watchable-wildlife-viewing-site-130/sieb32988a3123248e70

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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