Donner Party Mountain Runners | Fall into trail running |

Donner Party Mountain Runners | Fall into trail running

Donner Party Mountain Runners
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Runners enjoy the Pacific Crest Trail above Donner Lake. Fall is an ideal time of year to hit the trails in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
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Check it out

Led by guest speaker Chris Cloyd, the Donner Party Mountain Runners will host their second educational series event on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee. Cloyd, a local personal trainer and endurance sport coach, will conduct an intro to cross training and a discussion on the benefits of “prehab” work to prevent injury, application of running drills, strength-building concepts and program design, tools and methods for increased recovery, and flexibility/mobility concepts. Admission is free for all, while donations support the Donner Party Mountain Runners non-profit. Space is limited. RSVP at

Peas and carrots don’t hold a candle to Sierra trail running and the fall season. When the trees are on fire, the air is crisp and the views are as breathtaking as always, trail running in the Sierra is untouchable.

It’s like cheating at life. Treat yourself to a truly world-class running experience and get out there before the snow flies.

If you’re looking to sample some of Truckee/Tahoe’s best running this fall, consider starting with the Sawtooth Trail out of Sierra Meadows. Found at the start of the 06 Fire Road, this trail offers a number of distance options (opening up possibilities for runners of all experience levels) and is about as flat as trails come up here in the mountains.

Right now the aspens are exploding with reds and yellows, and the trail is in great shape. Similarly, the trail loops out of Tahoe Meadows (off of Mt. Rose highway, near the summit) offer some tremendous views of the Mt. Rose group and, if you’re willing to run up the mountain, some of the best looks at Lake Tahoe that you can find.

For the more adventurous, consider running from the Donner PCT Trailhead (found off of the Boreal exit) up the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail to Castle Pass. From there, you can continue steeply climbing up to Castle Peak (and a unique birds-eye view of Truckee), or run down into Castle Valley where you’ll find the Sierra Club’s Peter Grubb Hut, mountain streams and a valley microclimate unlike any other in the Sierra.

Wherever your adventures take you, take the time to enjoy the fall weather here in Truckee/Tahoe. Explore new trails, and discover part of what makes this season so great for trail running. 

— Author Chris Cloyd writes on behalf of the Donner Party Mountain Runners, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to informing and inspiring mountain runners in the Truckee-Tahoe area. More information can be found on their site,

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