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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.

We did this trail 8/11/17 and enjoyed it a lot. The creek crossing was quite boggy and wet - trail was mostly washed out. And the top of the trail (that middle 0.5 mile stretch) was NOT marked, and NOT maintained. Luckily there was a good GPS signal on AT&T in that area, so we used that and our trail finding skills to make our way going counterclockwise on the loop. Not many other hikers, and lots of mountain bikers early in the day. I give it a 4 star rating because of the trail maintenance issues.

Great historical hike and if u have time go to end and follow trail trail back on top of tunnels. Some places difficult to continue but doable. Boulders and scrabble and if u are going back on top go left before u drop down to mt Judah trail. This will bring u on top of ridge and back to last tunnel.
A Light is helpful in tunnels.

hiking
5 days ago

Terrible trail. Takes you through a bunch of camp sites. No elevation or views.

Trailhead marked Glacier Way Trail, nice parking lot with bear proof trash can, well marked trail. Sign that says dogs must be on leash but ours were off for most of the hike, only on for when we passed other dogs. Shaded picnic table at the end of the trail if you'd like to have a snack before heading back. Beautiful view of the mountains and Donner Lake.

Walking, hiking, geocaching, and beautiful views!!! One of my favorite walks ❤️❤️

It was amazing I loved it

Very short and easy hike. Great for families and a very beautiful view of the canyon. A lot of parking with no fee. Good for pets. Wildflowers and pine trees are my favorite part!

So much. Rain added to the adventure plus 1 missed turn. Wear sturdy shoes. Lots of loose rock and shale.

hiking
13 days ago