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Waddle Ranch Preserve contains fine running trails

Iandamp;#8217;d heard that there were trails in the Waddle Ranch Preserve but still hadnandamp;#8217;t made my way out there to check it out. I finally did, and really enjoyed it. The land acquisition in 2008 was a huge benefit to our community and to get out there and see what will remain is a great feeling.To start, I parked in the wrong place. I didnandamp;#8217;t do my research. Apparently, youandamp;#8217;re not supposed to park off of Highway 267 to access the system, which I did, instead of the official access point off of Martis Creek Road, not far from the dam. In other words, avoid parking on the road and avoid a ticket.The trail system is still pretty small but makes for a really good 5-mile run. There could be more trails out there that I didnandamp;#8217;t discover, which could open up more opportunity. From the trailhead you will be led across the dam and immediately into the preserve. Youandamp;#8217;ll be greeted by a metal sign with the lettering cut out reading, andamp;#8220;Welcome to Waddle Ranch Preserve.andamp;#8221; The trail markers are designed the same way. From what I found there are only three singletrack trails but plenty of fire road. The most established trail so far is andamp;#8220;Mattandamp;#8217;s Trail,andamp;#8221; which takes you to Dry Lake. Then there are two more trails andamp;#8212; that or one with two names andamp;#8212; andamp;#8220;Megan and Erikaandamp;#8217;s Trails.andamp;#8221; This is a loop that brings you to a view point and picnic sites.This trail system is still being worked on. I came across a trail maintenance crew yesterday evening. The trail is coming along nicely. The whole thing was very runnable with no brutal climbs to think of. Both of trails link onto a fire road that will take you out to the meadow. At this point youandamp;#8217;ll either turn back or there is a double-wide trail (retired road) that parallels the power lines and the tree line back to where you started. Thatandamp;#8217;s the route I took. I really liked that last portion because you get to look out onto the meadow. Iandamp;#8217;m sure thereandamp;#8217;s more to come. In two weeks (July 2) is the Truckee Running Festival. There will be a half-marathon starting at Truckeeandamp;#8217;s River View Sports Park and making its way to Waddle Ranch. Also, you can visit the Truckee Donner Land Trust to view a map of the trail and directions to parking. Itandamp;#8217;s also the spot to learn the story of the protection of Waddle Ranch, if you donandamp;#8217;t already know. andamp;#8212; Peter Fain is a local trail runner who competes regularly in regional trail races and snowshoe runs in the winter. He may be contacted at runondirt@gmail.com.


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