Donner Peak Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Donner Peak Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Norden, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
977 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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

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13 days ago

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21 days ago

Fun hike with several great lookout points to see donner lake and the sierras. Steep, rocky steps at start (a bit harder for our dogs), but then even elevation throughout the rest of the hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice hike! Do it in the morning. Gets crowded and more sunny later. First part is very rocky. Plenty of dogs on trail.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Did this one today as we came off Mt Judah...easy climb up to some beautiful scenery!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Steady incline the entire way and a bit rocky in some areas. Views at the top were gorgeous. Didn't see many folks on the way up...ran into several on the way down. Once you get to the peak there is an opportunity to connect to another trail and add an additional couple of miles to your hike. Recommend!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

I actually thought this trail was fairly easy, so I'm surprised it is rated as moderate. There was a point where it was a steady uphill for a brief stretch, bit the terrain was relatively flat most of the way. The summit provides a beautiful view of Dinner Lake. I also enjoyed the woodsy part of this hike!