Historic Donner Pass Trail

EASY 80 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.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
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2 days 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
2 days ago

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hiking
5 days ago

geocaching
7 days ago

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

9 days ago

It was amazing I loved it

hiking
10 days ago

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

13 days ago

hiking
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hiking
27 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
27 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
1 month 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