A couple of Sundays ago we headed to the Truckee River just south of Verdi, but north of Floriston. We hiked in on the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. They are doing constructions in the area, so currently the bikeway is open to public only on the weekends.
We went to the river that day to relax, enjoy the river and take in some views before it starts getting really hot. We saw a few cool critters, including a downy woodpecker and a yellow-bellied racer. I didn't get very good pictures of either, but I included them below anyway. We even hopped in the water for a few seconds--it was really cold, but felt amazing.
If you're like us and enjoy going to the river and checking out the critters, there is a really cool project you can participate in. It's the Truckee River Guide and you can check it out at truckeeriverguide.org. There you can find information on the animals and plants you can find along the river. There is also a feature where you can input animals you see on the river. You don't have to know your exact location, but you can use their map feature to show approximately where you saw your critters. We did it for this trip and they mentioned us in their post here: http://truckeeriverguide.org/spring-wildlife-this-week-on-the-truckee/. So, if you see critters when your playing along the river be sure to submit them to the Truckee River Guide and if you get decent pictures they would love to see those as well.
Photos from our field trip:
I also want to mention, if you head to this part of the river, please be very careful of the train tracks. The tracks come fairly close to the trail and when you first get on the trail you do need to cross the tracks at a designated crossing. Some people are tempted to cut the trail and hike along the tracks. There are also bridges that folks like to play on. Please do not do this. The day we there a man was struck and killed by a train, we were not there when it happened, but hearing about it the next day broke my heart.
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