Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails near Truckee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely a super easy stroll. Beautiful scenery

mountain biking
11 days ago

Exceptional Single track flow. Well kept, beautiful views and easy access. Small berms on many of the turns make for some fast sections. Easily doable if not preferable on Hardtail but having the full squish was nice on the way back.

walking
21 days ago

Nice view of the Donner lake and the mountains... still with some snow caps but perfect weather for a walk.

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.

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.

Warning! In order to cross Sugar Bowl terrain during their ski season, a uphill pass is required. Even with an uphill pass, only some uphill routes are approved and unfortunately this is not one of them. I ran into a ski patrol while attempting this trail and was turned around. They told me to visit Sugarbowl.com and read the uphill policy for more information.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Park right off the highway as the road to the trail head is narrow and there is no closer parking. Trail was easy to follow the tracks until it crossed the ski runs.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

It’s a good hike , very moderate- not to hard . Views are great.

wonderful views

walking
4 months ago

Easy and pleasant walking trail with some beautiful lake and mountain views. There isn’t much change in elevation, but it’s still a good walking/running trail with ample space to explore along the beach.

hiking
4 months ago

Description says no dogs but that is not correct. You can do dogs on leash. Northshore side has a lot of vehicle traffic so can loud and dirty.

We did the loop counterclockwise. Micro spikes were definitely in order on some of the lower parts and all of the upper. Once over the summit and past the ski lift, the backside was too steep and unstable to try. Getting late so we came down the ski area in the woods. Treacherous in spots but at least there were trees to stop you (which we did not need).

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

trail running
4 months ago

I do not recommend doing the full loop in the winter. The trails up to Donner Peak are of medium difficulty and were mostly easy enough to follow people's footprints with some GPS confirmation. They were mostly covered in snow and a bit of ice, so I would recommend bringing some kind of spikes or snowshoes. I think this section would be good as an out-and-back during the winter months. If you plan to go up any side of Mount Judah, I would definitely recommend crampons and maybe even an ice axe in the current conditions. Following my GPS, I accidentally found myself on the trail to the east that runs parallel to the ridge. The whole south and east sides of Judah are pretty icy and slick, with no easy tracks to follow if you don't count the deer footprints.

hiking
4 months ago

Didn’t do loop however still a great workout. Few patches of ice but you can walk around them ( by doing a little bit of bolder hoping) Once you get near the top snow shoes really help

snowshoeing
5 months ago

We went November 18th. The mountain was covered in snow. Once we got to the top the trail was completely covered in snow so we just explored on our own and hiked back down under the ski lift. You will defiantly need snow shoes once you get to the top (we rented them for the week from rental shop where we live). If we didn’t have snowshoes and gps we probably would have turned around. The views are beautiful and the land that you can scale in snowshoes an awesome experience!

hiking
5 months ago

Took the hike early summer. Great hike all the way around

Easy trail, good for kids

Great hike. Somewhat confusing junction after crossing over Judah when descending at PCT T-junction, not signed but take a right back toward sugar bowl to reach Donner Summit lot

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

We are not fond of the beginning (or end) portion of the trail which consists of rocky switchbacks on the face of the mountain but then it becomes a pretty reasonable trail. Lots of people and dogs. Beautiful scenery. Took us 3.5 hours but we are in our late 50s.

Beautiful hike. Moderate level. Would definitely do it again.

I wasn't impressed. Not a nature hike but a stroll around the campground. You start off by the lake on a made trail but only 20min in then you turn in and get lost through the campground taking the road most of the way back cutting through the camp sites . I guess this is good for a tourist walk.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, first part is the most challenging. Great views at both Donner Peak and Mt Judah. Took about 2.5 hours (didn't stay at summit for long as it was very windy).

Great views of Donner Lake. Also side trails to Flora Lake provide for a cool swim.

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

This is NOT a hiking trail. It is a mountain bike race track with jumps and lots of dust. The hike up is on a dirt road with cars coming in and out —more dust. The hike down is the speedway. Leave this to the mountain bikes.

trail running
7 months ago

Nice morning run around the lake. I hugged the inside track going counterclockwise. It was nice coming off the road into the Donner park but then tricky getting back on the road. I cut through the Donner Beach Club which is private and fenced in. Next time I'll stay wide of that property and add the extra 0.1 miles or so.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice day hike today. Wasn't aware that this is a popular area for mountain bikers. Some really nice single path trails, very well engineered. I'd like to go back with a bike. The hike was nice, up a logging road then it was necessary to bushwack up to the top of Jackass Point. You can see it good enough, just need to walk the 0.2 miles or so to get up there. Nice views off the other side, looking north toward Donner Park and Lake.

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