nature trips


wild flowers





trail running


mountain biking

kid friendly

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.

Origianlly my plan for this day was to do a hike to Azaleal Lake, but without snowshoes, it wasn't possible today. I ended up driving to Donner Memorial Park and walking the trails and beaches within the campground. There was no snow and the water was absolutely breathtaking. Can't wait to come back and enjoy the beach, lake, and streams in the summer. Very easy- no hills- more of a (beautiful) nature walk. The dogs loved playing in the water.

Cool quickie trail when taking a break from the water. Rock formation in the middle of the trail is fun to climb.

Loved this one! Did it wth our 6 and 8 year old kids. One part was pretty steep drop off but great views!

Hiking+artwork. It's a good idea to remember to remove your sunglasses when entering the tunnels or else it will be unbelievably dark.

2 months ago

Nifty little hike is best when the wild flowers are blooming.

The hike was 1/2 up hill and 1/2 downhill but the view was so pretty! Perfect for beginners that want to hike high but can't commit to a too many miles.

2 months ago

Great view, I will do it again

2 months ago

This was a good trail/adventure in December. the tunnels were a little icey but it was still fun. C wait to do it in the summer.

cross country skiing
4 months ago