Three Lakes From Donner

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Three Lakes From Donner is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Donner, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

snow

21 days ago

A leisurely hike out 3 Lakes Trail followed by a more strenuous loop back on PCT. Great day!

1 month ago

If I could add the photos I took to help you on the trail I would post it. 1. Park at the Donner Ski Ranch. 2. Walk up the skii hill access road. 3. You will come to a fork in the road, take the road on the right which should go past a tiny house with natural gas tank near it. 4. You will come to a water tank and garage, follow the road that hugs the building. 5. At the dam continue to follow around to the right side of the lake. 5a. The trail is not strictly hugging the lake but you can wander around further ahead past where you first find the dam. 5b. The trail is there somewhere and once you find it you are good to go. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, but once you get to the first lake the trail runs underwater, and it is very difficult to find an alternate path.

1 month ago

Lovely and great views of the river and the lakes. Happy I went with the dog. Great early morning hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful spot, but much of the trail is under water and challenging to find pass arounds. The app really doesn't help much at all. Still, we enjoyed our day.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was amazing! It was beautiful and full of beautiful sights. However, I would not call it moderate, more of a Hard level.

9 months ago

If you like taking photos of beautiful scenes with a reflection in water then this is your hike. However, go very early (730) before any breeze starts. Now the bad news. I couldn’t find nor stay on the trail unless I used the app. The problem was getting to places where amazing photos could be taken but the trails go every which way. I felt like I was looking for Pokémon only it was the trail. Also, boots are a must.

hiking
9 months ago

There are two ways to access this trail. The easiest is to start at Donner Ski Ranch and keep all their buildings to your Right. Hike up and past the concrete dam that is the south east end of Lake Angela. Keep Lake Angela on your left and follow the trail The more difficult access is from what used to be Sugar Bowl ACADEMY AND The PCT.
THE Pc

hiking
10 months ago

Park at Donner Ski ranch and walk up the ski hill to meet the trail. Hard to find the path but once past the first lake it was a great hike. Everyone's advice below helped a lot! Pretty key to bring your phone to use the app to stay on the trail. Don't be afraid to wander a bit as there's some beautiful views of Donner lake as well.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Parked at Donner Ski Ranch, beginning of trail was access road till we got to construction workers at new water tank that forced us to go around their work area. This required trailblazing for 1/2 mile. The trail around lake 1 is not obvious but was fine with program to keep repositioning to trail. But the trail turned into a gem at the north end of lake 1 and remained obvious all the way to lake 3. On the return trip we went cross country for 1/4 mile to east from north end of lake 2 to join PCT. PCT was a real nice return route with great views of Donner Lake and surrounding mountains. Definitely return to this trail again

Friday, July 14, 2017

Started from Donner Ski Resort. Without Ap it would have been hard to find trail. Once on it it was an amazing hike

backpacking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beautiful trail. The snow melt and the high water levels make the trail a little hard to follow, but once a flora lake, you'll be happy you stuck to it.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Very convenient starting at Donner Ski Ranch. but, the first 1/2 mile or so is on PUD controlled land as Lake Angela is a water supply reservoir. There are *many* signs posted for No Tresspassing. No one told us not to be there, but felt uneasy during the first part of the hike. Probably better to hike from Donner Pass Road past George R Stewart Peak.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful hike with views all around at various stops. Snow pack still blocking some areas and tricky points to pick up trail. But just beautiful time.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Hiked it with my buddy Nino. Brought our poles just in case, but found no fish to be present. 3 star hike. No fish, decent hike with a bit of wildlife....We saw one nice 3x3 buck

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