Historic Donner Pass Trail

EASY 39 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 month ago

Hiking+artwork. It's a good idea to remember to remove your sunglasses when entering the tunnels or else it will be unbelievably dark.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

This was a good trail/adventure in December. the tunnels were a little icey but it was still fun. C wait to do it in the summer.

5 months ago

Loved this hike, which is really more of a walk. The snowsheds and tunnels are bizarre, esp with all the graffiti (some of it actually quite good). Would make a great location for an episode of Walking Dead! But it is safe--the day we went there were lots of others, including families with small children. Bring a flashlight, parts are quite dark. It's chilly too so bring a jacket, and be prepared to get dripped on in the snowsheds. It's also pretty impressive to consider the effort by the Chinese workers in the 19th century that went into making the tunnels. Also, some beautiful and unique views of Donner Lake and the surrounding Old Donner pass area.

6 months ago

tunnels.

hiking
6 months ago

Great walk down the tunnels. Would definitely recommend.

7 months ago

Great afternoon hike! There were lots of people there when I went today.

7 months ago

Great place for snowshoeing! The tunnels turns into a magical icy wonderland. Highly recommend poles when going since it is a bit slippery.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Wouldn't really call it a hike, super easy walk, really...gorgeous views and awesome history. The graffiti almost makes it feel like you're walking through an art museum.
Definitely a different, but wonderful, experience.

hiking
7 months ago

Don't forget your camera. We did the main trail on this page and I would recommend turning around after the last tunnel and not making the loop.

hiking
7 months ago

it was breathtaking between tunnels. around 2.8 miles into the loop there is a stretch of sunlight with no shade and it gets a bit toasty. a few tunnels are very dark and wet and in my opinion, a sweatshirt is not necessary in the summer. you should bring a flash light and water. great for kids.

hiking
7 months ago

Be sure and wear thick soled shoes so the rocks don't make your feet ache. Also pretty breezy and chilly in tunnels so bring a hoodie too, and forget about eating because the wasps (meat bees) are pushy little buggers

8 months ago

Such a cool spot! I took my 6 year old and she loved it. Bring water and a flash light. Don't forget your camera. Great short hike with amazing views!!

8 months ago

Super Fun! Really easy walk. The tunnels are creepy and dark so take a flash light.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice variation from the typical hikes in the area. Was sparsely used when we went in morning but slightly more crowded on the way back with families and seniors. Recommended!

9 months ago

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