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Alder Creek below Fjord Road
Alder Creek just below Fjord Road, Truckee
Alder Creek beaver pond
A beaver pond on Alder Creek

Alder Creek is a perennial stream in Nevada County, California, mostly within the town of Truckee. Its source region near Donner Ridge is west of town, and its mouth at Prosser Creek Reservoir is north of town. It flows to the Truckee River via Prosser Creek.

Alder Creek panoramic view at Emigrant Trail footbridge
Alder Creek debouches into Prosser Creek Reservoir, at a location depending on the reservoir level, which is low here in October, 2020.

Donner Party camp

Donner women plaque
Plaque about the Donner women at the Alder Creek Valley camp memorial
Donner Party camp plaque
Donner Party camp plaque, at Alder Creek Valley memorial

The Donner Party camped in Alder Creek Valley when stopped by snow in November, 1846. There is a memorial to them off California route 89 just north of the creek.

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