Donner Lake Rim Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Donner Lake Rim Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1266 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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9 days ago

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10 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Good workout, as the entire way to lake is uphill. Didn't care for dusty jeep roads to get there. Pretty exposed on the way up, so bring water, sunscreen, hat. Minor amounts of snow near the top on 6/30. Pretty lake. Lots of bugs in the shade, so wear bug repellent!

hiking
1 month ago

we did it on 7/16. we hit snow at 6000ft the last 1/2 mile from summit lake. we were able to get to lake.

2 months ago

Still snowy when I did this hike on 5/28. Couldn't do the entire route because of the snow. I definitely want to return and do the entire hike.

2 months ago

Origianlly my plan for this day was to do a hike to Azaleal Lake, but without snowshoes, it wasn't possible today. I ended up driving to Donner Memorial Park and walking the trails and beaches within the campground. There was no snow and the water was absolutely breathtaking. Can't wait to come back and enjoy the beach, lake, and streams in the summer. Very easy- no hills- more of a (beautiful) nature walk. The dogs loved playing in the water.

11 months ago

11 months ago

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Monday, August 31, 2015

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

mountain biking
Monday, July 21, 2014

hiking
Saturday, October 13, 2012

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Monday, July 11, 2011

pretty. But seems to be more popular with the mountain bikers.
Trail can be confusing at times, as there are numerous junctions with other, old use trails. Summit lake is nice destination for a picnic.

Trailhead is well marked off donner lake road. Follow metal stenciled signs to donner rim trail.