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Trestle Tours

Trestle Tours are guided, self driven tours of old railroad lines of the area. See old grade, ties, rail, logging camp sites, and even trestles! At each stop, the significance of the railroad its history is discussed. At some stops, there are short hikes along old grade. Exploration is encouraged! Mostly it is an enjoyable few hours in the beautiful Truckee area talking about whatever comes up.

Check back in the spring 2014 for new trestle tours

Sunday, October 6th: North Lake Tahoe Logging Railroad Trestle Tour

Join widely acknowledged area Logging Railroad and turn of the century industrial archeologist Keith Pattison as he takes us on a tour of still visible roadbeds, trestles and logging flumes of late 19th and early 20th century logging railroad and lumbering sites along the north-eastern shores of Lake Tahoe between Incline Village and Glenbrook, NV.


Duration: About 6 hours. We will travel by bus (leave your cars in the parking lot adjacent to the museum) to the site of the famous Incline Railway, then Sand Harbor, and on to Spooner Meadow where we will leave the bus for a 1 hour gentle hike down a narrow gauge logging railroad roadbed to view old trestle and switchback remains. We'll then reboard our bus and continue on to the Spooner Summit area where we'll visit the Clear Creek terminus of the logging flume before returning mid-afternoon to our starting point in Incline Village.

Required: Good hiking shoes, outdoor attire for the season, and the ability to hike down and then back up a rather gentle grade (after all, steam engines had to make the trip too back in the day) for about 2 miles total.

Bring: Sunglasses, hat, water, your camera, snacks, and a lunch as food will not be provided. We expect to have some maps to share and maybe a book or two about area logging railroads to examine (but not keep) while we travel.


Past Trestle Tours


A short, easy tour all on paved roads.

Verdi Lumber
If you are an explorer, this one is for you. There is still a lot to discover for this tour. You will be taken to 2 known logging camps and 4 to 5 jumping off points to find other camps on your own. Help uncover the hidden mysteries.

Boca and Loyalton
Folow the route of the B&L. Dirt roads take us past old logging sites, mountain meadows, and beautiful views.

A short, easy tour all on paved roads.

Hobart Estates
This one starts where the HE line connected to the CP / SP in downtown Truckee. It heads north to miles of dirt roads covering the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company holdings.

2009 C&TL&FCo Tour Pictures
See previous year's pictures.

2009 Hobart Tour Pictures
See previous year's pictures.


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