Historic Donner Pass Trail

EASY 91 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

snow

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.

hiking
9 minutes ago

I have mixed feelings about this trail. 50% is walking through dark tunnels. While I thought it was interesting and unique (something I had never done before), it got old pretty quickly. It's dark, and the path is not exactly comfortable (bf and I rolled our ankles a couple times). That being said, the views of the surrounding area are pretty spectacular. Once you reach the end of the tunnels, you walk for a bit on rocky, leveled ground for a bit. Then, you make a right and hike up to the peak. The top was amazing. Beautiful views and a perfect spot to rest/eat. So, just keep in mind you'll be walking in the dark for quite a while (it was about 1.5 hours total for us), but the views up top are amazing!

hiking
4 days ago

6 days ago

Great trail! We did the loop trail... we went out through the sheds (spooky! Take a light) and looped back (steep uphill made us break a sweat) and returned on top of some of the snow sheds. A bit sketchy but great views and very interesting!

hiking
18 days ago

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18 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Cool dark graffiti covered tunnels. Great views of Donner lake. Many side-adventures for brush crashing and rock scrambling.

hiking
28 days ago

walking
1 month ago

Awesome for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't expect 1.5 miles in old RR tunnel. Bring phone or flashlight. It can be dark (and boring).
If you press on and continue the loop (very steep and long) you will be rewarded with some fantastic panorama views.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great historical hike and if u have time go to end and follow trail trail back on top of tunnels. Some places difficult to continue but doable. Boulders and scrabble and if u are going back on top go left before u drop down to mt Judah trail. This will bring u on top of ridge and back to last tunnel.
A Light is helpful in tunnels.

hiking
1 month ago

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geocaching
1 month ago

Walking, hiking, geocaching, and beautiful views!!! One of my favorite walks ❤️❤️

1 month ago

It was amazing I loved it

hiking
1 month ago

So much. Rain added to the adventure plus 1 missed turn. Wear sturdy shoes. Lots of loose rock and shale.