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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.

This is NOT a hiking trail. It is a mountain bike race track with jumps and lots of dust. The hike up is on a dirt road with cars coming in and out —more dust. The hike down is the speedway. Leave this to the mountain bikes.

trail running
2 days ago

Nice morning run around the lake. I hugged the inside track going counterclockwise. It was nice coming off the road into the Donner park but then tricky getting back on the road. I cut through the Donner Beach Club which is private and fenced in. Next time I'll stay wide of that property and add the extra 0.1 miles or so.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice day hike today. Wasn't aware that this is a popular area for mountain bikers. Some really nice single path trails, very well engineered. I'd like to go back with a bike. The hike was nice, up a logging road then it was necessary to bushwack up to the top of Jackass Point. You can see it good enough, just need to walk the 0.2 miles or so to get up there. Nice views off the other side, looking north toward Donner Park and Lake.

hiking
2 days ago

The actual trail, as opposed to the dirt road, is accessed from the trail head near the sign. The trail is far superior to the dirt road. Very nice views , gives a nice perspective on the local way points of the PCT -- Donner Peak, Anderson Peak, Tinker Knob. Will do this again!

Fun, scenic trail. fun to do!

Indeed, an easy stroll.

this was a very neat trail!!! so many BEAUTIFUL views!!!! today was the perfect weather not too hot and not too cold!!

nice walk with kids and the dog. we veered off into the beach area and enjoyed the sunshine. great on nice days, didn't need to do the loop - just enjoyed the out and back along the Lakeshore.

mountain biking
16 days ago