For those who seek adventure and want to be in the great outdoors, here is our top-10 summer bucket list
activities to help you experience the best of Truckee!
Article written by: Justin Swett
1. Ride Northern California’s Largest Bike Park – Truckee
Ride Northern California’s largest bike park with countless downhill runs accessible by the gondola and chair Lifts. Are you new to the sport or want to polish up your riding skills? The Northstar Bike Academy is the place for all riders, brand new or seasoned, to help improve your techniques, step up your riding skills and enhance your riding. Northstar California offers a variety of group and private lessons and clinics as well as camps throughout the season to help bring you to the next level. Not up for riding? Explore the many scenic hikes around the mountain. To learn more contact Northstar California Resort
2. Take a Guided Paddle Board Tour – Truckee
Explore the beautiful waters of Donner Lake aboard a stand-up paddle board through a guided tour by the Tahoe Adventure Company. Rich with history and surrounded by mountain peaks, Donner Lake is a true High Sierra gem. The guided tour will first provide an on shore introductory lesson and then head out on the water for a leisurely paddle where more paddling tips will be offered. Ecology, geology and other natural and human history topics will also be discussed along with the tour. The paddle board tour explores the many sides of Donner Lake including China Cove and the calm waters of the estuary. The tour includes a stand-up paddle board, paddle, PFD life jacket, professional guide, instruction, permit fees, natural and human history discussions and snacks. To learn more and to make a reservation contact the Tahoe Adventure Company.
3. Rock Climb on Donner Summit – Truckee
Take a rock climbing lesson on Donner Summit with North American Ski Training and Climbing (NASTC)! For 17 years, NASTC has been teaching rock climbing instruction and guiding in Tahoe. If you are a total beginner, or super advanced, NASTC accommodates all abilities, fitness levels, sizes, and ambitions. Rock climbing is a great way to experience and soak up the stunning views of Donner Summit mountain peaks and Donner Lake below. NASTC offers both private lessons and groups.
To learn more contact North American Ski Training and Climbing (NASTC).
4. Golf in Stunning Alpine Scenery – Truckee
Truckee -Tahoe Golf courses offer beautiful weather, stunning alpine scenery, and challenging terrain. Choose from 18-hole golf courses including Coyote Moon, Northstar California, Tahoe Donner, and much more all within 10 minutes of Truckee’s historic downtown.
To learn more and book your tee time, contact these golf courses.
5. Take a Guided Fly Fishing Trip or Lesson – Truckee
Did you know that Truckee is home to one of the largest fly fishing programs in the country? Now in their 11th season, Matt Heron Fly Fishing is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top fly fishing schools and outfitters located in Truckee. Matt Heron Fly Fishing offers something for everyone year round with daily guided trips and classes. From families wanting to get their feet wet in a new sport, to the experienced angler hoping to land a Truckee River trophy.
To learn more contact Matt Heron Fly Fishing.
6. Horseback Beautiful Euer Valley – Truckee
Explore the beautiful alpine wilderness on a guided horseback ride. Located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center, Tahoe Donner Equestrian is the perfect place to visit for those who want to get in touch with their western sides. Tahoe Donner’s experienced wranglers and trail-wise horses will take you on a ride through high mountain forests and upland meadows or down into the lush Euer Valley full of wild flowers and mountain streams. Along the way, you’re likely to see wildlife too. Tahoe Donner Equestrian offers guided horseback rides, private lessons and tours, kids horsemanship camps, pony rides for tykes, and various family and adult events throughout the season.
To learn more and book your reservation contact the Tahoe Donner Alder Creek Adventure Center.
7. Skydive Above Lake Tahoe – Truckee
You can now add skydiving to the many fun and adventurous activities that are available right here in Truckee! Experience one of the most beautiful dropzones in the world that offers skydivers unrivaled scenery of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Gift certificates, VIP, and corporate packages are also available.
To learn more and book a reservation contact Skydive Truckee Tahoe.
8. Learn New Tricks at Woodward Tahoe – Truckee
Have your child attend a Woodward Tahoe summer camp. Woodward Tahoe is the newest location in the Camp Woodward family, which has been hosting the most action-packed summer camps for over 40 years. Woodward is known for having the best parks, a one-of-a-kind indoor facility, and visiting pros who will make sure your child leaves camp with new tricks and skills up their sleeve. Woodward Tahoe operates eight weeks of co-ed residential summer camp for youth ages 7-17 plus daily camp programs. Program offerings include snowboard, freeski, skateboard, BMX, freestyle MTB, scooter, digital media, and cheer. Each camp program provides a safe and fun learning environment for all abilities.
To learn more, contact Woodward Tahoe.
9. Push Past Your Comfort Zone – Olympic Valley
Test your limits and push past your comfort zone on the Squaw Valley rope course. One of the largest in California, the rope course features three different towers that soar 50 feet high up into the sky and two circuit courses that include eight bridges and seven short zip lines. Open daily from 9 am – 4 pm June 17 – August 20 for adventure seeking individuals, families, and small groups. To learn more and make a reservation, contact Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows.
10. Take a Whitewater Rafting Tour – Truckee
Feel the rush of the Truckee River on a guided rafting trip with Tributary Whitewater Tours. Tributary Whitewater Tours have been safely guiding California whitewater rafting trips since 1978 and offer tours for all levels, from mild to wild. Choose from rafting trips suitable for kids and great family vacations to extreme adventures for the expert.
To learn more and book a reservation contact Tributary Whitewater Tours.
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