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#36 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Donner Memorial State Park

1,222 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Donner Memorial State Park, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Donner Memorial State Park ranging from 2.6 to 12.3 miles and from 5,948 to 8,392 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Donner Memorial State Park is located in the Sierra Nevada. It is in place to commemorate the Donner Party. You will enjoy beautiful views of Donner Lake when you hike in the area. There are campgrounds and a picnic area where dogs are permitted on leash. However, they are not permitted on the trails or beach. The park is open open sunrise to sunset.

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Map of trails in Donner Memorial State Park
Park information
Acreage:
3,293 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
530-582-7894
Helpful links
Top trails (16)
#1 - Historic Donner Pass Trail
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
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 playgrShow more
#2 - China Cove Trail Loop
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
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. Please note there is a $10 pShow more
#3 - Donner Summit Canyon
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Donner Summit Canyon is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#4 - Pacific Crest Trail to Mt. Lincoln
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
Moderate climb from Donner summit on HWY 40 along a portion of the PCT. Trail features beautiful views as well as options to hike up to other peaks and access to granite Chief Wilderness if you continShow more
#5 - Donner Lake Bike Loop
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Donner Lake Bike Loop is a ride around a beautiful alpine lake with facilities and resources available on the north shore. A portion of this trail is in the Donner Lake Memorial Park. Plenty of lake aShow more
#6 - Cold Stream Trail
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
leisurely hike with lots of good scenery. It is mainly a dirt road close to the lake. The west side has cars on a dirt road. The east side (closer to the lake) has less cars but is still just a dirt rShow more
#7 - Split Rock Loop Trail
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
A moderate trail that begins at the day use area and loops through Split Rock campground before returning to the day use area. Trail features forest, birds, fungus, rock formations and wildlife.Show more
#8 - Donner Lake Rim Trail: Northwoods to Drifter
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 3 m
Donner Lake Rim Trail: Northwoods to Drifter is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a Show more
#9 - Donner Memorial Park Nature Trail
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 18 m
This short trail will take you along a nearby stream and will point out several trees and other plants native to the area, and you will see the site of where the Murphy Cabin once stood, where a smallShow more
#10 - Old Emigrant Trail to Donner Peak
Donner Memorial State Park
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
Old Emigrant Trail to Donner Peak is a 16 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offerShow more
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