Food. Water. First Aid Kit. Sunscreen. No matter how well you pack for a trip, you will ALWAYS forget something. You hope that it’s a “nice-to-have”, but when it’s a necessity, these shops in Truckee, Nevada City, Grass Valley and beyond will make sure you’re geared up for your outdoor adventure.
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For the basics such as food, snacks, or sunscreen, you can stop by SPD Market or BriarPatch in Nevada City or Grass Valley. Up on Donner Pass, the Soda Springs General Store & Deli carries everything you can imagine and more. And last but not least, you have a host of shops in Truckee to choose from such as Grocery Outlet or the Farmacy which offers locally sourced healthy foods. And if you want to up your support of the community, pick-up a sustainable gift card where Visit Truckee-Tahoe will match 25% of the card value. Each of the shops in Truckee we’ve highlighted accept the card as well! Talk about win-win.
Mountain Recreation (Grass Valley)
Address: 491 E Main St
Phone: (530) 477-8006
When in Grass Valley, it’s always a good idea to make a stop at Mountain Recreation. Independently owned and operated since 2000, they carry the full gambit of items you’d need for outdoor adventure. Their rental fleet carries popular seasonal items such as skis, snowshoes, standup paddleboards, and even kayaks. Be it a big down jacket for the winter chill or a pair of hiking shoes in the summer to explore our trails, they got it.
Earth Store (Nevada City)
Address: 310 Broad Street
Phone: (530) 265-0448
This is not your ordinary shop in downtown Nevada City. One part science and another nature, it’s a great place to pick up a gift to bring home to your family or friends. You’ll find topographical maps and globes. One-of-a kind bird feeders and even minerals from around the world. What it’s popular for is its collection of in-depth reference books about wildflowers, fossils, insects, mammals, mushrooms, minerals, and nearby state parks.
Tahoe Mountain Sports (Truckee)
Address: 11200 Donner Pass Rd #5e
Phone: (530) 536-5200
As the name suggests, this is your home base for outdoor human powered adventures in the Sierra Nevada. From the trail to the skin track, they’ll get you geared up and ready to go. Their product selection includes the full spectrum of items you’d use for backpacking, hiking, or backcountry skiing / splitboarding. They know their gear and will make sure you’re fitted with the best.
Mountain Hardware and Sports (Truckee)
Address: 11320 Donner Pass Rd
Phone: (530) 587-4844
Anyone that has visited an Ace Hardware knows they literally carry the one thing you need that no other store carries. As the name alludes, this isn’t your normal Ace either. They specialize on all things outdoor related including sports. From grills to kayaks. Drinkware to enjoy award-winning Tahoe tap water. National Parks board games to fishing gear. Their selection is the epitome of eclectic and worth a stop. And most of all, you’ll still find the exceptional customer service you’d expect and with a Truckee twist.
As you can see, the shops in Truckee to the foothills of Nevada County with places in between are filled with unique stores. Don’t just rush to get to your destination. Instead, keep your eyes open and enjoy the fabric of our community. We guarantee you’ll like it.