The newest section of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail starts in Hirschdale, just east of Glenshire, and ends in Floriston, roughly four miles downstream. Along the route th trail provides sweeping view of the canyon and approaches the banks of the Truckee River in several locations. Occasionally, mandated by rugged terrain, the trail nears the interstate above, but is generally quiet and scenic.
Mixed conifers give way to sage as the trail heads down, with willows, cottonwood and alders along the river. Of note, mountain mahogany trees are also along this stretch of trail.
As the trail approaches Floriston, a new stair and boardwalk section of the path on the Hogback Ridge are well worth a visit, cantilevered out off a steep slope dropping down to the river below.
The surrounding Truckee River canyon walls include numerous Land Trust acquisitions totaling more than 5,000 acres, including Gray Creek, properties above Floriston and other conservation easements.
For those looking to explore farther, the trail crosses under the interstate in Floriston and continues down toward Farad and Verdi.
This trail is open to hikers, bikers, but closed to equestrians.
Article and photo from the Tahoe Donner Land Trust Newsletter here.
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