The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and pretty much every human is dying to spend time outdoors. This month’s selection of homes puts you right there in the midst of some of the best trails in our area, allowing you to experience the beauty of living on the fringes of the towns and cities we call home.

Plus, with these trails, you don’t have to hop in your car and waste gas or do the unadvisable and cross county lines — they’re literally right down the road, or even in your backyard. We give you permission; unpacking for your new home can wait. Get outside and become one with nature. It’s pretty neat.

Photo courtesy Acumen Real Estate Group

Worth the Legacy

The great thing about Truckee’s Legacy Trail is that it’s part of a grander plan — the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail, from the shores of Lake Tahoe alllll the way out to Pyramid Lake in Nevada. This home sweet home sits adjacent to the trail, allowing the future owners the best morning-afternoon-evening walk option out there. Your dog will love you forever. Other benefits: You have an entire acre to yourself, a south-facing deck, and the nearby Glenshire General Store. But really, the Legacy Trail as your neighbor is where this property shines.


Info: $779,000, 4 bed, 3 bath, 2,332 square feet, 14981 Glenshire Dr., Truckee, Acumen Real Estate Group

Photo courtesy Intero Real Estate Services

Five Lakes + One House

Tucked away in Alpine Meadows, this home sits happily among a whole lotta nature — we’re talking snow-capped mountains, a bubbling creek, and a vast variety of wildlife. The best part is what happens when you wander out your door and down the road a wee bit: Meet Five Lakes Creek Trail. This 5-mile trail is something to appreciate year-round, whether you fancy hiking, horseback riding, or snowshoeing. Near the top you’ll find the trail’s namesake: five lakes you’re welcome to fish, swim, or whatever in. Oh, and we can’t forget about the house itself: stellar kitchen, gorgeous views out massive windows, and an open, inviting floor plan.

Info: $1,025,000, 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 2,460 square feet, 1450 Beaver Dam Trail, Alpine Meadows, Intero Real Estate Services

Photo courtesy Ferrari-Lund Real Estate Reno

Ditch of a Trail

Three words: Heated. Tile. Floors. Yeah, I know. You’re probably already sold, but there are a few more benefits to this house — namely, the fact that the Steamboat Ditch Trail runs right behind your backyard. One of Reno’s most popular and longer urban hikes, the Steamboat trail gives you a dose of high desert nature while it weaves through Caughlin Ranch and into Old Southwest Reno. Popular with hikers, bikers, runners, and happy-as-can-be dogs.

Info: $899,900, 5 bed, 3 bath, 3,188 square feet, 3381 Cheechako Dr., Reno, Ferrari-Lund Real Estate Reno


  • Alex Hoeft

    Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, she's wrangling her toddler or reading a book — or doing both at the same time.

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