China Cove Trail at Donner Lake

EASY 5 reviews

China Cove Trail at Donner Lake is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 82 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running


cross country skiing





wild flowers


This easy stroll around the lakeside and through areas of forest is an ideal place to bring young kids, and also makes a great location for your first snowshoe adventure.

3 months ago

Great small hike. It is marked with pink ribbons through the trail; however we got a little confused when we hit the road and had to walk back on the campground access road.

4 months ago

Nice trail very easy walk, had a small problem locating start of trail not marked very well. Once we located trail it was very enjoyable walk combination of State Campground thru the forest then along Donner Lake shore.

4 months ago

it is nice that is a dog friendly place, but the owner does not respect the park rules, i was swimming with my small children, and next to us was another family with small children like us, here came a big dog jump in the water to do POOP almost next to us, and this dog had diarrhea. The owner did not called out or did nothing. It was very disgusting experience. The other family and i leave the place. i am taking my kid to the doctor to be sure they did not got any parasites.

1 year ago

Perfect small hike with beautiful lake scenery. Lots of parking areas, shade, sun, picnic tables everywhere. $8 entrance fee and its not crowded. Great hike for dogs & kids. This place is a favorite.

2 years ago

Great hike. Flat path along the side of Donner Lake. Took our dog on a leash and let him swim in the lake and lagoons. Great photo opportunities too. Bathrooms along the way and drinking water also. 2 miles in and 2 miles back with beach access along the way. Parked on Donner Pass Rd and the path begins there. Enjoy!