nature trips






no dogs

mountain biking

wild flowers


trail running



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.

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

Easy trail, good for kids

It puts the pussy on the chainwax!

There’s a paved pullout on the side of the road where the directions lead you can turn on to a dirt road immediately after that and you can park along the dirt road too. The trail IS the dirt road for the first third of the ride...keep going straight until you see a gravel/cement small bridge on your this point you stay to the right (even though it’s more like straight) until you reach a “roundabout” with a tree in the middle. You stay right at the roundabout and this is where the single track begins and takes you all the way back towards where you parked.

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.