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Martis Creek Trail

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Martis Creek Trail

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  • As it's name suggests, the Martis Creek Trail follows Martis Creek below the north facing slopes of Northstar Resort.- Martis Creek Trail
  • Sagebrush in Martis Valley along the Martis Creek Trail.- Martis Creek Trail
  • Martis Creek Trail.- Martis Creek Trail
  • Martis Creek.- Martis Creek Trail
  • Sierra lupine (Lupinus grayi).- Martis Creek Trail
  • Martis Creek Trail.- Martis Creek Trail
  • Hikers and their dogs enjoying the creekside trail.- Martis Creek Trail
  • Parking area for Martis Creek.- Martis Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Sagebrush valley surrounded by the northern Sierra. Links to longer trails. Dog-friendly.
Cons: 
Some development eyesores such as powerlines.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
1.75 mi (2.82 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,840 ft (1,780 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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Wed

Clear throughout the day.
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Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy starting in the afternoon.
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Breezy in the morning and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Mostly cloudy in the morning.
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Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Mon

Clear throughout the day.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This short and scenically sweet trail follows Martis Creek as it snakes through the Martis Creek Basin of Martis Valley near the base of Northstar Resort. Recognized as an official Wildlife Viewing Area, Martis Creek Basin hosts a diversity of ecological zones including meadow, riparian, and pine forest. Wildlife inhabitants range from deer and beaver to a variety of meadow and forest dwelling birds. The trail is popular with both nature lovers and dog walkers.

Martis Creek Trail cuts across the open sagebrush meadow for just under a mile, following and then crossing Martis Creek before ending at the junction with Tompkins Memorial Trail. Expansive mountain views extend in all directions. Northstar dominates the view to the south with its long ski runs while an even more dramatic vista lies westward, encompassing the Sierra Crest and Castle Peak.

For a longer 3-mile loop, consider combining Martis Creek Trail with the Tompkins Memorial Trail or one of the other trails that make up the extensive Martis Creek Basin trail network. Note that bikes are prohibited on the Martis Creek Trail, but they are permitted on others.

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