Donner Lake Rim Trail

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Donner Lake Rim Trail is a 5.6 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,145 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

I followed the advices and went on the real trail, not the dirt road. Definitely better, well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Uphill almost all the way. Well marked until you hit dusty Jeep road, then it isn’t. A loud motorcycle joined me for the dusty Jeep road part. Some parts of hike are lovely with great views of Donner Lake. I didn’t make it all the way to Summit Lake - too much dusty hot up up up. Some freeway noise for about half of hike.

11 months ago

The actual trail, as opposed to the dirt road, is accessed from the trail head near the sign. The trail is far superior to the dirt road. Very nice views , gives a nice perspective on the local way points of the PCT -- Donner Peak, Anderson Peak, Tinker Knob. Will do this again!

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Almost all in the sun. Was a tad more difficult than moderate. I would suggest taking the bike trail verses this one

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

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
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

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3 months ago

recorded Drifter Hut

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

recorded Donner Lake Rim Trail

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