Reno, Nevada has a regional airport with regular service from many points. The Reno Airport is a 45-min drive from Sagehen on good highways with delays for weather, only. All the major car rental agencies are available.
The San Francisco-East Bay is roughly a 3-hour drive along I-80 and Hwy-89 if all goes well, but traffic can extend that to shockingly longer. Try to schedule departures (in both directions) to avoid weekend traffic from/to Lake Tahoe and weekday rush hour in the Roseville-Sacramento stretch.
Mountain bikes can work well for travel between Sagehen and Truckee (minimum 12-miles each way, including our unpaved access road), if you are an experienced and fit rider who can deal with the gradient change. See the route here, and other Sagehen-adjacent trails here.
Lodging is available on-site at Sagehen, including limited ADA-accessible spaces and bathrooms. Except for limited faculty spaces, Sagehen accommodations are bunkhouse-style cabins (separate male and female), which are heated from roughly November to May.
Communal bath houses include toilets, sinks and showers. Check out our Facilities page for more information about and photos of Sagehen cabins, classrooms and other structures.
Camping is available in the Sagehen Basin both at Sagehen Creek Field Station & at the Tahoe National Forest Sagehen Campground (1.5 miles up the road). Camping should be thought of as a preference, not a cost-saving measure! The daily rate for Sagehen users camping anywhere within the Sagehen footprint is the same as the cabin daily rate, since campers use all of our other facilities as well: roads, kitchens, bathhouses, internet, propane, electricity, telephones, data, collections, mailbox, etc.
Camping is restricted to designated zones in the dry forest, outside of the riparian area. There is no camping allowed in meadows near the creek! That means no tents, no hammocks, no sleeping bags: if you are camped above green, grassy vegetation, you are screwing up and will be asked to move. Don’t test us.
See this page for Sagehen’s current overnight rates.
For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, Truckee is about 12-miles away from Sagehen on good roads. Lodging choices are limited in Truckee, but here are a few:
- Cedar House Hotel 1.866.582.5655
- Holiday Inn Express 1.877.863.4780
- River Street Inn 530.550.9290
- The Truckee Hotel 530.587.4444
Most major chains and many casinos can be found in Reno. Reno is roughly a 45 minute drive from the Station on reliable all-weather highways.
The communities on the shore of Lake Tahoe also have many, many private and some chain hotels but travel time will be longer over smaller, often/usually congested roads. The closest lake communities are Tahoe City and King’s Beach.
You should bring…
- Pack List
- Food: Sagehen has limited food storage space, so plan on shopping weekly.
- There are large grocery stores in Truckee, 12-miles away.
- CSA shares can be arranged for Truckee pick-up if you are staying for an entire season.
- Truckee has a Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings near Paco’s cycle shop, and a larger one on Tuesdays in the Truckee Regional Park.
- Reno is a regional shopping destination that includes bulk suppliers like Costco for large groups.
- Exhaustible supplies:
- Charcoal, lighter fluid & matches/sparker.
- Napkins/paper towels.
- Disposable (or washable) table cloths are nice for the outside tables whose surfaces can be a bit weathered.
- Zippies, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, Tupperware for your leftovers (which you will be taking with you when you leave!).
- Sack-lunch supplies if necessary for field trips: baggies, plastic forks, food containers, etc.
- There are invariably leftover spices around (especially salt & pepper), but maybe not exactly what you need.
- Paper plates, cups: there are often some already here if you prefer them to washable dishes. Please check what’s here before bringing more and leaving the leftovers
- Whatever equipment you need that isn’t on the Sagehen Kitchen Equipment list