Historic Donner Pass Trail

EASY 26 reviews

Historic Donner Pass Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Donner, CA that features a lake 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.

5.5 miles 1388 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

An easy, unique, yet beautiful hike through multiple segments of tunnels with openings throughout the trail that offer views of Donner Lake. Along the walls of the tunnels is a graffiti artists playground. Graffiti line the walls from the beginning to the very end.

18 days ago

Loved this hike, which is really more of a walk. The snowsheds and tunnels are bizarre, esp with all the graffiti (some of it actually quite good). Would make a great location for an episode of Walking Dead! But it is safe--the day we went there were lots of others, including families with small children. Bring a flashlight, parts are quite dark. It's chilly too so bring a jacket, and be prepared to get dripped on in the snowsheds. It's also pretty impressive to consider the effort by the Chinese workers in the 19th century that went into making the tunnels. Also, some beautiful and unique views of Donner Lake and the surrounding Old Donner pass area.

1 month ago

tunnels.

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk down the tunnels. Would definitely recommend.

2 months ago

Great afternoon hike! There were lots of people there when I went today.

2 months ago

Great place for snowshoeing! The tunnels turns into a magical icy wonderland. Highly recommend poles when going since it is a bit slippery.

2 months ago

Wouldn't really call it a hike, super easy walk, really...gorgeous views and awesome history. The graffiti almost makes it feel like you're walking through an art museum.
Definitely a different, but wonderful, experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Don't forget your camera. We did the main trail on this page and I would recommend turning around after the last tunnel and not making the loop.

hiking
2 months ago

it was breathtaking between tunnels. around 2.8 miles into the loop there is a stretch of sunlight with no shade and it gets a bit toasty. a few tunnels are very dark and wet and in my opinion, a sweatshirt is not necessary in the summer. you should bring a flash light and water. great for kids.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Be sure and wear thick soled shoes so the rocks don't make your feet ache. Also pretty breezy and chilly in tunnels so bring a hoodie too, and forget about eating because the wasps (meat bees) are pushy little buggers

3 months ago

Such a cool spot! I took my 6 year old and she loved it. Bring water and a flash light. Don't forget your camera. Great short hike with amazing views!!

3 months ago

Super Fun! Really easy walk. The tunnels are creepy and dark so take a flash light.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice variation from the typical hikes in the area. Was sparsely used when we went in morning but slightly more crowded on the way back with families and seniors. Recommended!

4 months ago

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4 months ago

5 months ago

neat graffiti, easy for kids and the elderly. But watch out for slippery rocks.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful!!!!

5 months ago

This hike is awesome. It's easy and great to do with kids and dogs. Some of the tunnels get pretty dark so we used the flashlight on my phone. The tunnels are amazing and great for photographing. I really enjoyed looking at all the graffiti too. We went 4 miles, 2 in and 2 back, but it looked like you could go farther.

hiking
6 months ago

Deep tunnel. It's very dark and cool inside. Water dripping from the rock. It could get scary with the graffiti and when you let your imagination run wild.