The Truckee Donner Land Trust is excited to announce work will begin in September on four miles of new Donner Lake Rim Trail singletrack. The path will wind past expansive vistas of Donner Lake and through mature cedar groves on a meandering path between the picnic table west of Glacier Way to the Trout Creek Trailhead on Northwoods Boulevard that continues to downtown Truckee.
With the help of volunteers and a little luck with fall weather, the Land Trust hopes to complete this new trail before winter. The trail will be built to the latest standards for sustainability and will be open to hikers, bikers and equestrians. The route contours the landscape below Skislope Way in Tahoe Donner, passing through mixed conifers, opening up to big views of Donner Peak and the Sierra Crest, and passing by massive granite boulders left behind by glaciers.
The work won't happen without you, however. Sign up here to volunteer for a fun day of trail work.
This stretch of trail is an important milestone in the Donner Lake Rim Trail, completing the northern portion of the loop. Hikers, runners, bikers and equestrians will now be able to connect downtown Truckee, Tahoe Donner, Donner Lake and Donner Summit, and future connecting trail projects like Nevada County's Pines to Mines route promise a future when adventurous users will eventually hike or ride all the way to Nevada City.
The next stage of the Donner Lake Rim Trail is not far behind: The Land Trust is working with California State Parks, Placer County and the US Forest Service on plans for the south side of the Donner Lake Rim Trail along Schallenberger Ridge. Ten to 12 miles of trail are currently being studied by environmental specialists, and we hope the trail will be permitted and shovel-ready soon. That route on the south side of Donner Lake will also be shared with Placer County's Overland Immigrant Trail, offering even more options to explore.
Top image credit: Susan Johnson