hiking

views

forest

walking

dog friendly

nature trips

birding

wildlife

wild flowers

trail running

lake

kid friendly

mountain biking

camping

backpacking

snowshoeing

dogs on leash

river

horseback riding

off road driving

waterfall

fishing

no dogs

Great views of Donner Lake. Also side trails to Flora Lake provide for a cool swim.

Breathtaking in both senses. Very well worth the time and energy. I may have taken a hundred photos along this trail. Although I approached Castle Pass from the rest area.

hiking
1 day ago

Includes about a mile of unshaded switchbacks and small rock climb at summit. Awesome views. Was somewhat crowded on an October weekday - this is a school trip for Donner Tahoe kids!

Take trail up to picnic spot. Sit on Rick formation and enjoy the views!

Great workout and amazing views but a bit slippery.

hiking
2 days ago

Pretty fall color!

Spectacular views. Very interesting tree formations just at the timberline -- they are working hard against the downslope drift it appears.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail was found by accident after trying to locate Deer Creek Tribute Trail (which we never did). I ran into a sheriff who suggested this trail for me and my littles (ages 2, 3, 4). It was perfect! It’s kid friendly, dog friendly (leashed), clearly marked and an easy hike. We hiked to the .75 marker and turned around. Totaling 1.5 miles....the kids all napped on the way home! The trail does run behind a few homes and also parallel to Hwy 49 but that didn’t bother us at all. Only a few times could you actually SEE and hear the highway. It goes around a lovely little pond area with a few benches to sit and break. I have two criticisms. There is no bathroom so go before and also please pick up your dogs poo! We came across many piles of crap left on the trail, nasty!

road biking
3 days ago

we took this trail specifically to bike. It is right next to the road, so being aware of that is important. despite that, it is beautiful along the river and there are places to stop and enjoy the view. I would not recommend this for walkers/hikers. It is pretty dominated by bikes and the path isn't super wide. if you jog or run you can keep up with the flow. it was just workable enough for our six year old to handle on his bike, although being on part of the busy road due to construction gave us some pause.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome view

mountain biking
4 days ago

This is the longer option for those interested in taking in some of Tahoe City, the lake, and both the Truckee River and Squaw Valley bike trail systems. It's a great ride! You go through town a bit then head over the dam and downriver taking in the splendid sites of the Truckee River. Eventually we came to the Squaw Valley entrance and continued up to the ski resort where a jeep race was mustering. It was cool, an all-women event, racing jeeps overland and back country down to San Diego. You return the same way.

hiking
4 days ago

off road driving
4 days ago

Excellent trail to test your abilities. Water crossings can be deep and swift

hiking
4 days ago

This is an awesome day hike. You get to summit Donner peak and look down over Donner Lake and the surrounding area. Then you continue up over Mount Judah, parts of which overlap with the old emigrant trail. See an Emigrant Trail sign on the top of the ski slopes near the PCT intersection. Very nice hike!

Remember the "free" tram isn't always running: can shut down for the day unanounnced anytime.

Nice educational signs at the start that highlight things you see throughout the hike. It actually goes under Hwy 80 which is intriguing. Nice, easy, wooded, crosses a stream several times. Will do again!