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Donner Tunnels is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 692 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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4 minutes ago

This is a fun and easy hike. The tunnels are pretty cool. Kids will love the darkness and the spooky. The graffiti is pretty cool too! Usually fairly busy!

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rocky
12 hours ago

This was a fun, easy hike. Flat but rocky trail...remember it was a railroad bed so it's like large gravel with some bigger rocks throughout. The Tunnels are very interesting. I was glad I read the history before going. Tunnel 6 was my favorite. Definitely bring long sleeves or a windbreaker as it can get chilly inside them even in the summer.

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rocky
3 days ago

Rocky and tunnels are cold. Bring a lightweight jacket or hoodie. Fairly easy hike. Mostly flat. Super cool art work inside the tunnels.

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5 days ago

Trail was good. Tunnel art was nice. Wish art was more mural like rather than tagging. Beautiful views when you’re outside the tunnel.

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rocky
5 days ago

Would be a great walk if it wasn’t for all the rude and inconsiderate people. At least 4 different groups blaring rap music and tagging, definitely not art. The smell of paint and pot was horrible. Once you’re in the tunnels you’re stuck with it all. Lots of people with dogs. Felt bad for the pups feet. This trail is primarily loose gravel. The first pass through the tunnels was good, not many people around, walking back was a different story, lots of people. Overall, Glad we did this one. If we do it every again it will be in the early morning as other reviews mentioned.

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rocky
6 days ago

it was a nice walk..dont you dare go through those tunnels without a light of some kind and sturdy shoes..its rocky, small gravel, big rockd..you can roll your ankle or trip. Go early..like 730 am it gets too busy later..the tunnel art is cool.bring some chalk..you might get motivated..oh yes the little squeaky noises are bats..you dont see them .you just hear them. kids can go but give them a flashlight.

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6 days ago

Nice trail. The tunnels get cold when it’s windy, best to do when it’s warm. Bring a light jacket snd maybe a beanie. Some parts of the tunnels are dark, suggest bringing a flash light. Beautiful views of Donner Lake. A lot of beautiful graffiti. Some muddy and wet spots inside tunnels.

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rocky
8 days ago

Awesome!!! If you like artwork, then you will not be disappointed with this hike. There is extensive graffiti and murals on the inside. It is allowed for you to paint on the inside, but PLEASE do not paint on the outside. There are many groups that are trying to get rid of graffiti on the outside. The donner tunnels are a very fun hike, about five miles. Warning: if you go, then you will want to go on a hot day in the summer, and even then you will want to bring the following: a warm beany hat, a warm jacket, and a headlamp or flashlight. Not a hard hike, you can bring your kids as well, as long as they can stand being a little bit chilly and they are not afraid of the dark. You may experience some puddles, and for part of the way you will be walking on gravel, so be sure to wear a pair of comfortable hiking shoes. Make sure you stop and check out the artwork. If you are heading there to paint, please do not paint over somebody else's mural art is a form of communication. Overall one of my favorite hikes. Oh, and feel free to tell ghost stories on your way. It's the perfect place for them. :-)

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12 days ago

Fun walk through very long tunnels. Bring a flashlight, snacks, water, and a hoodie. There is water running in the tunnels and I was warned that my shoes would get wet, but I was fine.

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rocky
14 days ago

Super easy you can definitely take a kid, not so much of a hike as a stroll through tunnels, though I would definitely say bring sweater and WATERPROOF HIKING BOOTS!! It’s rocky and muddy the whole way so the proper shoes made it very doable and pleasant. Saw people in flip flops that were on the struggle bus.

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rocky
14 days ago

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15 days ago

I wouldn't recommend doing this trail alone, there are lots of dark turns in the tunnels and we even saw some cougar prints at the end of the tunnels. I also saw graffitied: "beware of ghosts" probably not true, but it still gave us a spooky vibe. The gravelly trail does hurt your feet after a while, but the view of the lake is spectacular and inside the tunnels are very cool temperature wise. we weren't sure where to park either so we parked at the restaurant across the street, I didnt get a ticket so I assumed it was ok. the trail does continue on for a while after the last tunnel, we weren't really sure how far it went on for. if you do this trail: 1. bring a friend or two 2. bring a headlamp or flashlight 3. wear water resistant shoes as there is lots of puddles in the tunnels 4. wear a jacket because it gets a little chilly in the tunnels

hiking
16 days ago

Maybe I’m being a bit of a downer, but I don’t think the whole 5 miles is worth it. I recommend going far enough to get the views of the lake. The tunnels are indeed awesome, but the flat hike on inch gravel gets tiresome after a few miles. The graffiti art was fine, but nothing really remarkable, to be perfectly honest. Do bring a headlamp! Although walking them in pitch darkness is fun too for the spook-friendly.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy parking at the ski lodge/cafe across the street from trailhead. Fun hike! Not challenging, but when you are out of the tunnels you can walk on a gravel road for miles if you haven’t had enough for the day. It was fun to walk in the tunnels and see the graffiti and artwork on the walls. There are a few places you can exit the tunnels and see beautiful views of Donner Lake.

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rocky
18 days ago

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18 days ago

Great flat hike. Cool I’m the tunnels so bring a light jacket. Ground was wet & water was dripping from the top. Cool views. There is a bridge out toward the end but a road you can walk around.

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rocky
19 days ago

Lots of people, still pretty wet inside the tunnels, some new artwork... bring a flashlight!

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rocky
23 days ago

Cool art, cool history. Great thing to do when it’s hot outside and if you like to photograph.

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icy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Went on memorial weekend.. tunnels are cold and dark; it was wet since snow was melting. Recommend waterproof shoes, a jacket and headlamp. It was cool and unique. Good experience.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

The trail was great to do this Memorial Day I can’t stress enough to bring some kind of waterproof shoe or a change of socks with new shoes. It was pretty wet in the tunnels where you had to hug the side. Brought my kids and they loved it but if you didn’t bring something for your feet you won’t have a great time.

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