Johnson Canyon Overlook via Glacier Way Trail

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Johnson Canyon Overlook via Glacier Way Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
150 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A casual hike in the Tahoe Donner area with scenic views of Tahoe Donner Lake, Johnson Canyon (also known as Negro Canyon), and the surrounding areas. Great for kids.

hiking
23 days ago

Easy trail with great overlook! Not much shade coverage so bring a hat and/or sunscreen. Plenty of parking with a port-o-potty and picnic area.

23 days ago

Loved the views on this easy walk! However, the rocky trail bothered our dogs paws and lack of much shade had them scrambling for each tree... Was only 80° out, but quite warm in the sun for them I guess! Would do again, but earlier in the morning and leave the pups at home!

nature trips
24 days ago

Easy enough for my senior dog to join me. Beautiful views! Location of trail head is very accessible and the parking lot has some shade. Big bonus that other great trails cut off from this one.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail with a beautiful overlook of Donner Lake!

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing view of Donner Lake!

29 days ago

Oh w. Thoth

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike to a spectacular view of Donner Lake! Gradual incline through pretty wildflowers. Most of the trail was sun exposed, so a hat and sunblock are a good idea. Really great hike for kids. Ports potty available at the trailhead as well as doggie bags. Plenty of parking in the trailhead parking lot.

2 months ago

beautiful views and an easy hike. don't forget the sunscreen.

2 months ago

Beautiful views. Well maintained trail. Late spring is the perfect season, not too hot. Most of the trail is exposed and the first part is a fire road, after the lookout point it goes to single track.

2 months ago

Easy trail up to a beautiful outlook of Donner Lake. My family took our two dogs and the absolutely loved it. It was a foggy day but still quite nice. Very easy to access if you live in Tahoe Donner. I could see myself using this as a running trail in the future

hiking
3 months ago

This was a Spontaneous hike but worth it for the views!

3 months ago

I go to this trail a few times a year and love it every time. My son and I went up today. It was snowy, but still a great hike with beautiful views. It's one of my favorites.

hiking
3 months ago

Still under snow the entire way, so ty oil longer than expected. Beautiful views. My dog (wee but with huge attitude beagle/terrier/daschund/mini heeler) struggled with the snow at times but mostly because she went off trail. Can't wait to do it again when the wildflowers are out.

7 months ago

wonderful views

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, saw lots of families on the trail. Saw even more dogs. Beautiful view from the overlook.

8 months ago

Easy trail, good for kids

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty valley includes a 4 lane highway and some development, but no negroes.

hiking
11 months ago

Well marked trail. Appeared to be several offshoots that might take the adventurous traveler to other points. Wasn't blown away by the trail itself. A bit too populous for my preference. The overlook was spectacular, though.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great hike. Well worth it. The trail is well marked follow glacier.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trailhead marked Glacier Way Trail, nice parking lot with bear proof trash can, well marked trail. Sign that says dogs must be on leash but ours were off for most of the hike, only on for when we passed other dogs. Shaded picnic table at the end of the trail if you'd like to have a snack before heading back. Beautiful view of the mountains and Donner Lake.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Very short and easy hike. Great for families and a very beautiful view of the canyon. A lot of parking with no fee. Good for pets. Wildflowers and pine trees are my favorite part!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Good hike for kids, not a whole lot of shade on a hot day though.

walking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Really beautiful over look of a corner of Donner.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nice Thanksgiving 2013 stroll with the kids. Lots of families with kids and dogs. Trail is more of a fire road. The rock formation at the end of the trail is nice for a bit of bouldering, but be careful!

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