Donner Peak Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Norden, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.8 miElevation gain882 ftRoute typeOut & back
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You will need snowshoes for this trail in winter! Road to the trailhead is not plowed regularly and so you may need to park at Summit Haus.

Snowshoes can be useful along this route as deep snow can persist here into late spring and beyond.

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Austin Lawrence
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Ryan Wilkins
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Hiking

This time of year, this is a difficult hike, but worth it.

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Ted S
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Snowshoeing

Don't let the lack of recent reviews fool you (see AllTrails, this is why you need a trail log and not just reviews), lots of people have been up lately and established a solid skin track & snowshoe path... which will last right on up until the next storm next week. Parking is a pain on the weekends with the small lot. Be sure to check the rules wherever you park if you cant find a lot spot. For an easier climb, head down the road behind the donner building to the official trailhead and make wide turns. For something more fun, head more directly up the hill. Either way, be avy aware and know the conditions, there are plenty of signs of recent slides and more than a few cornices. The boulders around Donner Peak are nicely snowed over and easily hiked up right now, skin tracks went extra wide to avoid unclipping. Snowshoes are definitely helpful, especially as things warm up mid day. All in, quick, moderate day with a great view.

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Nolan Mayther
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SnowshoeingSnow

We were here following a storm, and there was over 5 feet of fresh powder. We post-holed up to the our thighs in places even with snowshoes. Made it to the top, but it wasn’t easy!

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Charmaine Tejada
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Kaylyn Sims
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Hiking

check out my recording! its hilarious. couldnt find the trail to save our lives. we snowshoed (micro-spikes would have been better) and the views were amazing. theres a downed tree in the trail a half mile before you get too Donner peak ridge

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Barry Timko
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Megan Murray
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HikingIcySnowWashed out

Went right after a lot of heavy snowstorms so the trail was not clearly marked. If you’re following the trail and using GPS, I’d recommend not doing the first switchback as it was very narrow, steep, and we watched someone fall and injure themself. Id use the less steep route off to your right which will get you back on the trail. As you go up, you’ll see someone’s cabin below.there were a good amount of people out with us, all oof whom were trying to do the same trail, but ended up turning around. We didn’t summit as we lost the trail. Snow shoes are a must.

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Jennifer Teu
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Had to turn back due to weather.

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Thomas Iida
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Absolutely need snowshoes.

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ken moua
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Scott Fulton
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HikingGreat!RockyScrambleSnow

Hike this today (Christmas Eve). I was expecting that we would park at the actual trailhead, but as it turned out that road to the trailhead is not plowed regularly and so we parked at Summit Haus. Trail starts out with a lot of switchbacks, and then eventually straightens out some. My friend and I tried to snow hike it as much as we could until the post-holing became unbearable, and then we put on the snowshoes. It was about a 4-hour snowshoe hike.

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Julie Pen
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SnowshoeingGreat!IcySnow

Stunning views of the mountains and Lake Tahoe.

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Solace Sonder
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Not sure this can be summited without snowshoes as of Dec 2020. Towards the top mile there is 2 to 3 foot snow. Beautiful summit, VERY ICY. I'd recommend having microspikes on hand. Gorgeous solitude.

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Anuj Menta
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Hiking

A very pretty hike. full of snow but still very warm. Recommend poles and cleets and longer shoes

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lexi young
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

really fun, super snowy, rocky, windy and cold but beautiful views all around

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Kent Emmons
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Christina Jow
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Not my favorite trail. Various man-made structures (ski lifts/slopes, radio towers, buildings, etc.) are visible the whole way, which really detracts from the view, imo. I prefer to get further from civilization.

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Eugene Ingerman
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SnowshoeingSnowWashed out

Went snowshoeing here in November. Fantastic views. Bring good snowshoes. Cell phone reception is very good. There are some parts of the trail that are eroded and challenging, so I'd rate it as hard in the winter.

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