Explore the most popular forest trails in Donner Memorial State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely a super easy stroll. Beautiful scenery

walking
23 days 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.

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.

wonderful views

walking
4 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
4 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.

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.

trail running
7 months 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
7 months ago

Fun, scenic trail. fun to do!

Indeed, an easy stroll.

walking
7 months ago

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.

I actually love hiking around Donner Lake multiple times a year. I'll drive 2 hours to hike it.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Would have logged my trek, however it would have appeared I was chasing a chipmunk. Since Trails were not marked. So I wandered for a bit and then found a good route. Great Lake views 90% of the time. So it's a good place to get lost and enjoy the outdoors

hiking
8 months ago

Just under two hours, leisurely hike

Well marked trail. Appeared to be several offshoots that might take the adventurous traveler to other points. Wasn't blown away by the trail itself. A bit too populous for my preference. The overlook was spectacular, though.

Great hike. Well worth it. The trail is well marked follow glacier.

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.

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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!

The flat part of the loop was not too interesting, but the uphill part of the loop was great. The split rocks are amazing.

Good hike for kids, not a whole lot of shade on a hot day though.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun/easy trail to walk. Great for kids.

road biking
10 months ago

Ride, swim and ride more.

Not a bad hike, through campground area and paved road. Beautiful lake view.

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