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new county policy you must have a reservation to park booked in advance. also they charge for the reservations. they pay park rangers to stand out and collect the money.

hiking
13 hours ago

Amazing hike to some must-see lakes. I started my hike at 6:30am and was rewarded with several deer encounters - one who even stopped to "pose" with me for a selfie.

Took the Crystal Cave Tour and it surpassed my expectations. The trail has great views and you're treated with a waterfall at the end while you wait for tour to start. Highly recommend the tour!

Really enjoyable hike. The highlight: incredible views and scenery!!!!

Stunning caves not to be missed, trial itself has a bit of steps, otherwise it is pretty easy. There are pretty streams and falls along the trial.

Start at South Lake to Long Lake to get aclimated. Very scenic hike with spectacular views of lakes at every turn. Trail is well defined all the way to Bishop Pass. Need to be prepared and have pleanty of water/snacks to fuel up for the last mile of switchbacks up. Strongly recommend water filtration system to refill water on the way down.

Rewarding hike with beautiful coastal vistas and the beauty of Alamere Falls waiting for you at the end. Trails are well maintained and well marked with a nice mix of shade and sun. Make sure to grab a trail map and follow it carefully. We got distracted and missed a turn that added an extra mile and a half and a strenuous climb on the Coast Trail to an already long hike. Beautiful coastal views on that little side trip though. Alamere Falls was enjoyable, if not a little crowded. Felt a bit like Disneyland with the line of tourists taking selfies there. Restrooms and water available at Wildcat Camp. Great hike !

An easy hike that is different. I did the hike on a hot day so the cool temp in the tunnels was a welcome relief. Views of Donner and surrounding areas are spectacular!

This trail has many options of different length hikes. They provide paper maps at the trail head to help navigate though the park.

The final 2.5 mile drive to the base of this canyon- and where the trailhead begins- is difficult to drive. There is not any true designated parking area, so most vehicles just park along the side of this dirt road. There is a sign next to the bridge & bathrooms directing you toward Codfish Falls Trail, which we set out on and hiked for about 45 minutes before we came to a very dry creek bed and a bunch of homemade stick signs pointing us to go back

on Hidden Falls Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Trail has many options for all levels of hikers. Many shady portions and great facilities. Make sure to bring plenty of water. The hidden trail leads you to some great overlooks and you can hike down to the trail. Make sure to reserve the day before. $4.00 for half day 6:30am-9:30am / All day $8.00. No cell reception so take screenshots of your confirmation when you reserve. Take a picture of the trail map before you head out.

walking
27 days ago

Beautiful trail, but part of it is closed for repair and there's no warning signs until you get to it, there's a walking path that takes you up the hill and around it but not biking.

On a Thursday morning not many people after the cutoff at the bike rack. It was easy to navigate down to the beach and the falls if you keep following the signs to the wildcat campground, but hiking back out you can take the wrong trail if not careful .(I did) but well worth the extra few miles than taking the bear valley trail all the way to the ocean.
Definitely too difficult and rough for a stroller lots of ups and down the whole way.

Great for families.

Gorgeous trails with views of the river. This is a great hike for a hot day because there are so many places to take a quick dip and cool off.

scenic, good for visitors to the area.

Really amazing hike if your looking for something different. Easy walk through the tunnels and awesome views of Donner Lake. Drive up to the trail head is also a great drive.

Beautiful!

We loved this hike. Took the whole family! Grandma and grandkids. It was a very unique hike and cool to see some history too. But yes as people mentioned, bring a flashlight or headlamp for kids would be helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike, Hiked in to the waterfall felt pretty easy going and I did it 30 weeks pregnant, just made sure to bring lots of water and brought some snacks. You do have to maneuver down the the swimming hole part but it wasn’t too difficult and the water felt great!! Definitely will do this one again!!

Very nice groomed trail, river is nice and able to swim in

hiking
1 month ago

Walking through the old train tunnels was a bust for us. View after not worth the effort. Suggest yo try another hike

What a neat and unique hike through historic train tunnels! The parking lot is located across the street from Donner Ski Ranch. It’s a sizable lot with plenty of parking. You walk through a series of tunnels. A few tunnels are dark and damp, so flashlights would be a good idea. The graffiti art adds an interesting touch to the hike. In between tunnels, you’re able to enjoy terrific views. Dog and kid friendly, too.

Ok, first off this trail, going the whole loop, is NOT 5.4 Miles. We followed the map and it was a little over 7 Miles. The loop itself is not flat, it climbs pretty high and then comes down pretty steep. I would not consider this easy. That said, it’s gorgeous! Beautiful views throughout the whole trail and the uphill vistas at the end of the loop were worth it. Things to consider: bring a flashlight, the tunnels are dark. Also, wear big repellant because the mosquitos at the top of the hill are everywhere. If you choose to just go out and back, it’s totally flat and there are some pretty awesome views. The railroad trail continues on and eventually meets up with the new tracks. There is a cool spot where the new line emerges from the hillside below you on the road. There are also several small waterfalls in that area.

on Lake Natoma Trail

trail running
1 month ago

This could be a great trail (mostly for running or cycling), but there were several issues for me that led to my poor review. There are some really nice sections and the path along the east side of the lake was pretty nice. However, the west side was not nearly as nice. The trail is not marked well and there didn't appear to be many bathrooms and only one functional drinking fountain throughout the entire loop (a couple others were not working or destroyed). Additionally, there is a section on the west side that is closed and appears to have been like this for quite some time based on the level of debris and a path warn into the dirt from numerous people bypassing the barriers, There was no signage as to there being a closure until you are right up on it. The trail could also use some maintenance and it seems as if sections get ignored and are overgrown with weeds and have numerous cracks. I think if this trail had better signage and was regularly maintained, it would be much nicer. Until then, I would stick primarily to the east side of the lake where the better trail exists.

Amazing !!

Easy cave access with some really great views on the inside. No actual caving involved for the family tour, so it is accessible to all once down there. However the hike down and up are an over 300 ft change in elevation in just half a mile.

Nicely paved. secluded in certain areas. great for running or biking.

This is NOT a nature trail plus it is NOT signed! Its a flat walk through the old train tunnels...we walked around in circles for almost 2 hours because the start is actually fenced off, and then we realized that was indeed the start of this so called trail. It's more of a stroll through old dark tunnels, if that's what you're in to.

This is a great trail. You can only go in the cave if you buy a ticket. Then you get a guided tour wich is really interesting. The path leading to the cave is really pretty as well with a waterfall and some great views.

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