Waterfalls, meadows, wildflowers, and a shady hike.
Sierra Discovery Trail
Families can enjoy taking small children,
even using a dirt friendly stroller!
Near Truckee, in Tahoe National Forest, close to Interstate 80, off of Highway 20 toward Nevada City.
|You can see this little gem by crossing the small bridge |
beside the Sierra Discovery Picnic Area. Taken October 2012.
|A forestry road and a small turnout that takes off to the left of Bowman on your way in. |
It was also a pleasant stop with all of the autumn colors and
enough snow to play in without having to go too far off of the highway.
Farther down the road, in an attempt to get some photos of the South Yuba River, I had to turn back. It was one lane scattered with snow. Trucks passed me by, for hunting I assume. Notably, it is bear and deer hunting season. But if you are on a drive and need to get out with the kids, even play in the snow, Sierra Discovery was a nice stop.
In regular hiking season conditions:
and a large parking on Bowman Road
|Even in August, wildflowers can be found alongside the trail.|
|Throughout the trail there are informative signs and wonderful views.|
|The instructional signs along the way give insight into the various aspects of these |
ecosystems, and can provide teaching moments with the kids.
Take Highway 80. (East from the Sacramento area).
Exit at 161 (to Nevada City via Highway 20)
Head West on Highway 20, 4.3 miles (pass Lake Spaulding) to Bowman Lake Road. Turn right.
The parking for the Sierra Discovery Trail is .5 mile up Bowman Lake Road on your left. If you reach the bridge over South Yuba River, you have gone too far.
*** Pioneer Trail is closeby. Although not for strollers and wheelchairs, kids would enjoy it.
If you continue up Bowman Road, again, before you cross the South Yuba,
there is a dirt turnout on your left with a trail marker at 39°21’57.97″N,
120°21’57.21″W for Pioneer Trail.
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