Martis Creek Trail

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Martis Creek Trail


  • 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
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Sagebrush valley surrounded by the northern Sierra. Links to longer trails. Dog-friendly.
Some development eyesores such as powerlines.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Suitable for: 
Total Distance: 
1.75 mi (2.82 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,840.00 ft (1,780.03 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description


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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