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Trestle Tours

Trestle Tours are guided, self driven tours of old railroad lines of the area. See old grade, ties, rail, logging camp sites, and even trestles! At each stop, the significance of the railroad its history is discussed. At some stops, there are short hikes along old grade. Exploration is encouraged! Mostly it is an enjoyable few hours in the beautiful Truckee area talking about whatever comes up. The tours are free, but donations are graciously accepted to the Truckee Donner Railroad Society.

2017 Schedule:

  • June 25, 2017 – Fueling the Comstock Tour – Start in Incline Village, NV
  • July 30, 2017 – Hobart Estates, Boca & Loyalton, and Verdi Lumber Tour – Start in Truckee, CA
  • Oct. 8, 2017 – Hobart Estates, Boca & Loyalton, and Verdi Lumber Tour – Start in Truckee, CA

Fueling the Comstock Tour

The Comstock Lode was the largest gold and silver bonanza in the country! Occurring around Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada starting in 1859, the area was desolate and foreboding. It required ingenuity, determination and inventiveness to change the high desert badlands into a prosperous, thriving mining enterprise. Roads, railroads, flumes, water, lumber, mining timbers, cordwood, ice, steamships and people were all resources that needed to be brought to bear. With none available in the Comstock area, they all had to be provided from the nearby eastern slope of the Sierra and the Lake Tahoe Basin. Come hear about the operations, and see remains, historic pictures, and maps of the activities on a tour of where it all happened.

Pictures of old trestle pieces

About the tour:
The tour is a guided, self-driven carpool, all on paved roads, with stops and at a half dozen locations. At each stop there will be historic discussions, pictures, and maps of the activity. Some are vista stops, and at some there is a short easy hike along old flumes or railroad lines exploring the meager artifacts remaining, and the area worked by these industrious people. The tour begins in Incline Village, NV, we will stop at a café where you can buy a lunch and end up at Spooner Summit. The tour is 5 to 6 hours. Items covered:

  • Early logging along the eastern slope of the Sierra.
  • Virginia & Truckee railroad
  • Virginia & Gold Hill Water Company
  • Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company
  • Carson & Tahoe Lumber and Flume Company

What to bring:
The weather should be nice, but it is the Sierra! So come prepared for various weather conditions, bring sunscreen, bug repellant, layered clothing etc… The hikes are short and mostly easy along old flume trails and railroad grade, so bring appropriate shoes. Bring water and snacks. Mostly bring a camera and a sense of adventure for a fun day.

Where and when to start:
The tour will begin at:

    • Starbucks building lobby
    • 899 Tahoe Blvd.
    • Incline, NV
    • 9:00am
    • Sunday, June 25, 2017.


    Hobart Estates, Boca & Loyalton, and Verdi Lumber Tour

    Come celebrate Truckee’s logging history with a tour of the area’s logging railroads.  We’ll travel north on highway 89, swing off the highway and see what’s left of the Hobart Mill’s locomotive shop, long abandoned logging car bodies, old trestles, and the traces of roadbeds of the Hobart Southern, the Hobart Estates [Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company], the Boca and Loyalton Railway (later the Clover Valley lumber Co.), and the Verdi Lumber Co railroads.

    Group in Forest looking at old trestle

    Preparation: Secure a current copy of the USFS'S Tahoe National Forest Map. Read David W Myrick's Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California. Volume I [available locally], pages 416-453, "Logging Railroads-Lake Tahoe and Truckee River Basin”, and then additionally pages 398-409 "BOCA AND LOYALTON RAILROAD” and pages 410-415, '"VERDI LUMBER COMPANY.”
    This will help prepare you for the test. LOL
    We recommend hiking gear; good boots or hiking shoes are a must. This is a backwoods adventure, so come dressed comfortably and prepared for an expedition , We will hike a couple of miles [broken into smaller segments], and the trip will cover 40-50 miles of paved highway, USFS system roads, some rather doubtful 4 wheel-drive trails , and old railroad roadbed.  It will be hot, dusty, and perhaps showery. Please bring whatever food and drink you'd like to have for a long afternoon -- there will be no fast food available on this tour.
    Cameras are recommended. Cell phones are allowed, and should be turned off as we leave Truckee. This trip usually takes from 4-6 hours, depending on road and trail conditions, questions, photo opportunities, avid RR discussions, wildflowers, serendipitous finds, etc., and is never the same twice.
    Bring: Sunglasses, hat, water, your camera, snacks, and a lunch as food will not be provided. We expect to have some maps to share and maybe a book or two about area logging railroads to examine (but not keep) while we travel.
    Meet at 9:30 AM at the Truckee RR Museum next to the Train Depot in old downtown Truckee.
    For more information contact our historian.

    Past Trestle Tours


A short, easy tour all on paved roads.

Verdi Lumber
If you are an explorer, this one is for you. There is still a lot to discover for this tour. You will be taken to 2 known logging camps and 4 to 5 jumping off points to find other camps on your own. Help uncover the hidden mysteries.

Boca and Loyalton
Folow the route of the B&L. Dirt roads take us past old logging sites, mountain meadows, and beautiful views.

LakeTahoeRailway & Transportation Co
A short, easy tour all on paved roads.

Hobart Estates
This one starts where the Hobart Estates line connected to the Central Pacific / Southern Pacific in downtown Truckee. It heads north to miles of dirt roads covering the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company holdings.

2009 Carson & Tahoe Logging & Fluming Co Tour Pictures
See previous year's pictures.

2009 Hobart Tour Pictures
See previous year's pictures.


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