Historic Donner Pass Trail

EASY 65 reviews

Historic Donner Pass Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Donner, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

An easy, unique, yet beautiful hike through multiple segments of tunnels with openings throughout the trail that offer views of Donner Lake. Along the walls of the tunnels is a graffiti artists playground. Graffiti line the walls from the beginning to the very end.

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hiking
6 days ago

As a "hike" there isn't much to this. That being said, going through the tunnels and looking at the graffiti is fascinating and enjoyable. This would be a great outing with kids!

walking
6 days ago

This is a must do.. entrance is in the overflow parking for Sugar Bowl.. Its an easy hike but entire trail is pebbles, definitely wouldn't recommend tennis shoes, my feet were pretty sore by the time we were done. and a flash light as a couple of the tunnels have some dark areas. . About 3/4 way in the road is washed out and you have to climb down and up on loose dirt. . and BRING A CAMERA!!

walking
10 days ago

barely made it through 1section of tunnel and was turned back by police saying it's union pacific land now and that we were trespassing... will try again later

15 days ago

great hike for the summer! very easy kid friendly was almost like air conditioning with the wind blowing and the water from the snow

walking
16 days ago

Fun interesting and mostly flat walk/hike through old train tunnels, nifty graffiti and lovely views of Donner Pass and Lake. Bring a headlamp and Tevas, lots of water from melting snow (nothing deep). Trail is washed out about two miles in between tunnels - we were hiking later in the day so turned back. Nice hike for a hot day because of the cool shady interior!

walking
18 days ago

Highly recommend bugspray! Aside from being eaten alive in the areas outside of the tunnels, it was a really nice trail. There's a lot of art and graffiti on the walls. The tunnels are pleasantly cold and you can hear the snowmelt and the bats in them.

19 days ago

Great trail fantastic views. Washed out about 2 miles in, passable with a bit of caution. We turned around.

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19 days ago

walking
21 days ago

This was my first time on the trail. I have heard many great things about the trail. The full trail is about 7 miles. It took about 4 hours to complete the whole trail. The trail does loop back on it self towards the end. Average pace per mile was 38 mins.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Take a torch! It's a great hike. There are a lot more graffiti than I thought but it is still incredibly impressive. It's cool inside, still a tiny bit of snow too at the end of June 2017! It's a bit wet too with drips and stream running inside. I love it! We did the loop and had an interesting way to get back into the tunnel. It was good fun and great to do on a hot day!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Traversing through long sections of tunnels that are dark and damp. Not much to see except graffiti

hiking
29 days ago

Went on this trail today for the first time and it was amazing! The views were breath taking and the trail was wonderful. It was very nice to hike on a hot day like this. I stopped a lot to take a ton of pictures and I just took my time and it was well worth it. Not much foot traffic at all, practically alone the entire time. I give this place a definite 10 out of 10 and I would love to come back soon and do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago