Donner Lake Rim Trail

Work continues on the Donner Lake Rim Trail, a planned loop encircling the peaks around Donner Lake.

Expected to be 23 miles long when complete, current sections connect Glacier Way in Tahoe Donner to the Castle Valley Trailhead on Donner Summit. It connects to Wendin Way Trail down to Donner Lake Interchange, Summit Lake Trail, Hole in the Ground Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Working with the Tahoe Donner Association and the US Forest Service, the Land Trust plans to construct the next segment of the Donner Lake Rim Trail in 2018, connecting the Glacier Way trailhead to Northwoods Boulevard. From here it will be possible to access Donner Summit from Downtown Truckee, all on trails. Volunteers will be needed in constructing this trail.

Progress continues on the south side of the Donner Lake Rim Trail as well, along Schallenberger Ridge up to Donner Pass. Kevin Starr, working with John Groom of the US Forest Service, Jon Mitchell of Placer County and Nathan Shasha of California State Parks, designed an inspiring trail with spectacular views of Donner Lake and The Sierra Crest. The proposed trail alignment will go through federal and state permitting for the next two years. Construction will likely begin in 2019 or 2020.

Find out more about the Donner Lake Rim Trail here.

Photo by Susan Johnson