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Barker Pass Area- Barker Pass is located approximately 18 miles southwest of Truckee in the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest. This area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and OHV trails. The Pacific Crest Trail is accessible from this area.
Boca Reservoir- Boca Reservoir is located in the eastern region of the Truckee Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest. Boca Reservoir offer fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnicking.
Donner Summit Area- The Donner Summit Area is approximated 8 miles west of Truckee in the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest. This area offers hiking and scenic views of Tinkers Knob, Heath Falls, Lower Lola Montez Lake and Mt. Judah. The Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed from this area.
Granite Chief Wilderness- Granite Chief Wilderness lies within the Tahoe National Forest, just west of Lake Tahoe. The terrain varies from granite cliffs to glaciated valleys and dissected slopes.
Prosser Reservoir- This reservoir provides opportunities for camping, boating, fishing, and hiking in the Truckee Ranger District.
Squaw Valley Area- Squaw Valley area is located approximately 8.5 miles south of Truckee in the Truckee Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest. This area offers scenic views of Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, Tinkers Knob, Mount Rose and the high peaks of Desolation Wilderness and the Granite Chief Wilderness. The Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed from this area.
Stampede Reservoir- Stampede Reservoir is located in the northeastern region of the Truckee Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest. Stampede Reservoir provides opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnicking.

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Description - The Truckee Ranger District encompasses the Boca, Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs. Portions of the Granite Chief Wilderness lie here. The Pacific Crest National Recreation Trail and the Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway both lead through the District.

Recreation - Some of the activities possible on the Truckee Ranger District include hiking, biking, horseback, riding, camping, boating, fishing, OHV riding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Climate - The Tahoe area generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The Truckee Ranger District is located on the eastern end of the Tahoe National Forest, northwest of Lake Tahoe, around Donner Pass and the town of Truckee. Interstate 80 leads through the middle of the District.


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Report: Went horseback riding in the late 1950's, in the Squaw Peak area known as Whiskey Creek. Found a sheepherders cabin, made by Severino Ibarra. Have they considerd this cabin as a historic site? If not, I would like to submit this cabin for an excellent example of the life of sheepherders in the Tahoe National Forest. Can you give me any applications necessary to submit site for a Historic California Location? al arellano, 561 middlebury dr.sunnyvale, ca. 94087


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Contact Information:
Truckee Ranger District, 10342 Hwy 89 north , Truckee, CA, 96161, Phone: 530-587-3558, TTY: 530-587-6907

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Tahoe National Forest - The Tahoe National Forest straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California, and encompasses a vast territory from the foothills on the western slope to the high peaks of the Sierra crest.

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