A portion of this community suffered a fire in 2007, which unfortunately destroyed hundreds of homes. Since then, the Upper Truckee area has become a popular space for couples to build their dream houses. Lots are coveted as they potentially offer views of nearby mountains, such as Echo Summit, as well as easy access to nearby camping sites and hiking trails. When a weekend excursion is on the agenda, locals vouch for short commutes to coffee shops, grocery stores, and gas stations nearby.
Practice caution when walking around this community as sidewalks are scarce. There are a number of curves on this road as well which call for extra caution. North Upper Truckee Road itself is wide, freshly-paved, and has enough grassy shoulder for pedestrians to walk on.
Having a few safety precautions on hand will ensure your walk is enjoyed as safely as possible. If you walk your pet in the early mornings or late evenings, they should be outfitted in reflective gear just like you are. Retractable leashes aren't recommended and a harness, rather than a collar, help keep your pet more secure.
Washoe Meadows State Park serves as a partial eastern border to the Upper Truckee area and is natural with local flora growing wild. The lack of manicured footpaths means that this state park is typically untouched by South Lake Tahoe tourists, giving you and your dog a natural paradise to enjoy without the usual crowd.
Without a challenging amount of elevation gain, Aloha Lake Trail, which offers views of Echo Lake, is a frequented hiking loop. If you hit the trail early, you may be able to enjoy it with little distraction. This moderate hike is ideal for people who love to hike but don't want to navigate steep inclines.