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Lower Carpenter Valley Trail Walk, Truckee Donner Land Trust

July 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The Lower Carpenter Valley includes wet meadow, freshwater emergent wetland, riverine, and fen habitat types, as well as red fir, lodgepole pine, and mixed conifer forest. During the summer, the meadow receives runoff from the Sierra Crest and feeds Prosser Creek with clean, cold water that sustains high-quality aquatic habitat in Prosser Creek and the Truckee River.

It is, in short, an example of how a subalpine Sierra meadow should work. Plants we may see include California Valerian (Valeriana californica), Corn Lily Sierra (Veratrum californicum), Bog Orchid (Platanthera dilatata), Sierra Penstemon (Penstemon heterodoxus), Mule-Ear (Wyethia amplexicaulis), One-seeded Pussy Paws (Calyptridium monospermum), and Columbian Monkshood (Aconitum columbianum).

We will be walking a 5.5-mile nature trail that was completed in 2020. It is an out-and-back route with a small loop at the end. The trail wanders above Prosser Creek on the edge of the forest and meadow, with long stretches of boardwalk to help protect the sensitive meadow habitat. There are minor ups and downs, but it is basically flat. At the trail’s end is a spring/seep and fen/meadow area with interesting flowers. There are benches along the way if someone wants to rest or wait.

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July 29, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


California Native Plant Society
(916) 447-2677
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Lower Carpenter Valley
Lower Carpenter Valley Trailhead
Truckee, CA 96161 United States
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(530) 582-4711
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