From the Tahoe Donner Golf Course and Alder Creek Adventure Center, to the members-only Donner Lake Beach Club Marina and Tahoe Donner downhill ski resort, few neighborhoods have as rich an array of amenities as Truckee's Tahoe Donner.
However, it never takes long for homeowners to tell us that their favorite benefit of living here is its natural surroundings. The tree-filled lots. The tumbling streams.
And of course, the Eure Valley, it's stunning crown jewel.
Resting well below and just north of the ebbs and flows of the wooded streets, Eure Valley is a testament to unfiltered outdoors.
Named after the ranching family that settled it, the valley was once home to the Eure's dairy farm, eventually becoming grounds for its beef cattle.
The animals roamed the thick grasses and deep stream banks for several generations before being phased out the last couple of years as part of the sale to Tahoe Donner six years ago.
(The Eure family still owns 40 acres in the valley's center, and are always good for a wave from the driver seat as they chug along back home along its rutty access roads.)
Since Tahoe Donner's acquisition, the valley has been allowed to flourish mostly undisturbed. Winding through its old growth forest and shaded ridgelines is a series of marked, maintained trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian activities. Some of the region's best singletrack can be found here; and there are trails for all levels of rider.
Despite the presence of Tahoe Donner residents, the Eure Valley is once again the grounds of black bears, coyotes, deer, and an array of bird species. Nature will always be a special part of living in the northern Sierras, especially in Tahoe Donner.
The south fork of Prosser Creek flows from Summit and Frog Lakes on Donner Summit to nourish the valley's dense wetlands. It then becomes an inviting, meandering aquatic respite through the valley's center, and is home to trout, birds, and bountiful Sierra Nevada plant life.
The Eure Valley is accessed easily via trails from the Alder Creek Adventure Center, or any other number of trailheads along the hills of Ski Slope Way.
We can't recommend enough taking the time to explore this incredible outdoor space, especially in the early, cool mornings of spring when the visitors are few and the blooms are many.
The wide, twisting access road from the end of Alder Creek Road (be sure to park at the Adventure Center) is an easy route, and can be followed all the way to the start of private land, at which point hikers can cut immediately left through the meadow, past Coyote warming hut (for winter activities), and back on another dirt road that reconnects with the primary road you came down.
However, the best way to explore Eure Valley in Tahoe Donner is to grab a map at the adventure center, ask a few questions, and hit the trail.
Once you get to know a few of its trails, viewpoints, and quiet spots, it'll be hard to not want to revisit them every time you're at the cabin.
Ultimately, the best thing about living in Tahoe Donner, is everything that encourages you to be outside of it.