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Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season's beauty. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800's. Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life. The park is 100 miles east of Sacramento via Interstate 80, and is within the town of Truckee, just west of downtown on the south side of the freeway. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees. Dogs are permitted in the campground and picnic area but must be on a leash (six-foot maximum length) at all times and in your tent or motor vehicle at night. They are not permitted on the trails or on the beach. The park is open open sunrise to sunset.

Good hike while getting acclimated to the altitude.

Bring bug spray.

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.

Several things wrong with this route. First, there are absolutely NO trail markings or signs (not even cairns). Good luck finding the start of the Schallenberger singletrack. We wound up heading along Cold Stream Canyon towards Donner Memorial State Park until we ran into Private Property/No Trespassing signs. Looped around and thought we were back onto Schallenberger, but wound-up having to bushwhack and climb down rock fields to find the trail again. NOTE: My AllTrails app started behaving badly at that point...showing our GPS location in the wrong spot and never moving. Can't blame the phone since other GPS apps and compass showed correctly. Would never recommend this trail to anyone, not even an enemy.

beautiful views and an easy hike. don't forget the sunscreen.

Beautiful views. Well maintained trail. Late spring is the perfect season, not too hot. Most of the trail is exposed and the first part is a fire road, after the lookout point it goes to single track.

Easy trail up to a beautiful outlook of Donner Lake. My family took our two dogs and the absolutely loved it. It was a foggy day but still quite nice. Very easy to access if you live in Tahoe Donner. I could see myself using this as a running trail in the future

This trail is my favorite to date! Easy. Nice path. Beautiful water and trees. There is a well maintained picnic area and restrooms. I took some amazing pictures!!!

Definitely a super easy stroll. Beautiful scenery

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Impossible to get lost. Did the loop (some snow on the descent) and just to add to the fun we walked on top of the snow sheds on the way back.

walking
1 month ago

Nice view of the Donner lake and the mountains... still with some snow caps but perfect weather for a walk.

I go to this trail a few times a year and love it every time. My son and I went up today. It was snowy, but still a great hike with beautiful views. It's one of my favorites.

Great however it is covered in ice now. fell and hit my chin. Be careful!!

Still under snow the entire way, so ty oil longer than expected. Beautiful views. My dog (wee but with huge attitude beagle/terrier/daschund/mini heeler) struggled with the snow at times but mostly because she went off trail. Can't wait to do it again when the wildflowers are out.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing! Super snowy and icy, perfect for snow shoeing and you can do the tunnels if you have yaktrax or poles and are willing to take your time and be okay with a few slips here and there.

The trailhead was a little tough to find-it was not the Judah lot (unless I missed it) as noted. We parked in a lot directly across from Donner Ski Ranch. There was a gate and then a tunnel almost immediately. It was pretty icy and flat. Definitely bring a headlamp and dress warmly. There was snow on the ground and the wind made it pretty cold. I would love to come hike this trail in the spring or summer, but I enjoyed going in winter. There are some beautiful views of Donner lake and some pretty incredible graffiti art.

Fun walk with the kids. Great views, we did not do the loop. Walked in and out

Couldn’t find the trailhead and got my car stuck in the snow with chains on

walking
5 months ago

Easy and pleasant walking trail with some beautiful lake and mountain views. There isn’t much change in elevation, but it’s still a good walking/running trail with ample space to explore along the beach.

hiking
5 months ago

Description says no dogs but that is not correct. You can do dogs on leash. Northshore side has a lot of vehicle traffic so can loud and dirty.

Great hike, saw lots of families on the trail. Saw even more dogs. Beautiful view from the overlook.

Went in December and this trail was not fun. Almost the entire tunnel portion was iced over and treacherous.

The views were still amazing though and I would love to go back in the summer.

I love this trail! The graffiti art is spectacular, as is the view

Easy trail, good for kids

I wasn't impressed. Not a nature hike but a stroll around the campground. You start off by the lake on a made trail but only 20min in then you turn in and get lost through the campground taking the road most of the way back cutting through the camp sites . I guess this is good for a tourist walk.

Pretty valley includes a 4 lane highway and some development, but no negroes.

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