Truckee is a pleasant town in the Lake Tahoe region of California.


Just east of the Donner Pass on Interstate 80, Truckee is an easy entry point for travelers from the Bay Area to the region.


 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 41 44 49 55 64 74 83 82 75 64 49 40
Nightly lows (°F) 14 16 21 25 31 36 41 40 34 27 20 15
Precipitation (in) 5.1 5.0 4.4 2.2 1.3 0.7 0.3 0.4 0.9 1.8 3.8 5.4

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By car

I-80 bisects Truckee allowing access from Sacramento and the Bay Area from the west, and Reno to the east.

From Lake Tahoe, SR 267 heads north into Truckee.

While easy to approach under clear conditions, travelers should pay close attention to inclement weather during the winter. Roads in and out of Truckee can rapidly become treacherous during heavy winter storms. Donner Pass (over 7,000 ft/2,100 m elevation) in particular should not be attempted during heavy storms without strong winter driving skills and chains or 4-wheel drive. While well-maintained and regularly plowed, the pass can live up to its infamous name under the worst conditions.

By plane

Truckee has an airport, however it does not offer commercial flights in or out. The closest large airport is located approximately 36 mi (58 km) away in Reno, Nevada. The Sacramento International Airport is also an option, and is about 120 mi (193 km) away, on the north side of Sacramento, California.

By train


Donner Lake; John Dewald's House on St. Croix street





The oldest stretch of "Downtown" Truckee (towards the East end of town) features a string of bars and is a lively scene most nights during the high season. Visitors should take note that the Truckee Police and California Highway Patrol have a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving, and sobriety stops are not uncommon. While crime rates in the area are very low, a larger-than-expected number of locals boast a D.U.I. on their records due to this enforcement focus.


Go next

Routes through Truckee

Sacramento Roseville  W  E  Reno Salt Lake City
Sacramento Auburn ← Jct W  W  E  Reno Salt Lake City
Mount Shasta Quincy ← Jct S N  N  S  Tahoe City Jct N S

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