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. Work on this new 4 mile segment of trail begins September 2018, with hopes of completing in the fall as long as weather cooperates. The route contours the landscape below Skislope Way in Tahoe Donner, passing through mixed conifers, opening up to big views of Donner Peak, and passing by massive granite boulders left behind by glaciers. From here it will be possible to access Donner Summit from Downtown Truckee, all on trails. Volunteers will be needed in constructing this trail - click here to sign up.

After the north segment is complete, the southern stretch along Schallenberger Ridge comes next. Working with California State Parks, the US Forest Service and Placer County, 10 to 12 miles of trail are currently being studied by environmental specialists. This segment of trail will be shared with Placer County's Overland Immigrant Trail, offering even more options to explore.

Find out more about the Donner Lake Rim Trail here.


The proposed 2018 new segment.

Photo by Susan Johnson