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Boca Townsite Trail

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Parking area and trailhead for Boca Townsite.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • Boca site on a ridge overlooking the Truckee River.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • A bench to enjoy the views along the trail to Boca Townsite.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • Sparse and parched vegetation.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • Rusted metal pieces are some of the only town remains.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • One of the last surviving pieces of wood after years of arid heat and multiple wildfires.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • A gravesite near the crest of the trail.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • Another gravesite in the Boca cemetery.- Boca Townsite Trail
  • - Boca Townsite Trail
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Pros: 
Easily accessible from the freeway. Interpretive signs offer historical descriptions.
Cons: 
Not much remains.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Boca Townsite Trail is a 0.65-mile-long trail located at the former site of a lumber and ice-production town near the confluence of the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers. 

Though very little remains of the town today except for several marked graves and the outlines of foundations of the former buildings, there are several interpretive signs explaining Boca's history. The town functioned as a hub for shipping lumber and ice in the late 1800s, benefiting from both a location along the railroad line and a growing demand for both resources due to the growth of mining, agricultural production, and railroad infrastructure.

Though Boca was at one time a full-fledged town that had a school, post office, and numerous businesses, several factors contributed to its decline. In addition to poor agricultural management and a decreasing need for the town's resources, competition from modern refrigeration worked against larger business and fires wiped out some the town's structures.

There are vault toilets at the free parking area near the trailhead. Though the trail is marked as ADA-friendly and wheelchair accessible, the pavement is rough and overgrown, and some future maintenance may be necessary before complete wheelchair access is available.

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