Hike or MTB on your way back to SF from Tahoe

Rate this Adventure Lake Tahoe Donner Lake Rim Trail

Added by Sonya Li

  • Hike or bike with Donner Lake and valley views
  • Avoid the traffic on the drive home and have a little fun before a few hours in the car
  • Duration: Half day

A perfect Sunday hike on your way back from a weekend at Lake Tahoe. Exit I-80 at Donner Lake and take the dirt road on the north side of I-80 to a large parking lot. A mild climb followed by a set of tougher switchbacks leads you to great views from Donner Ridge.

Although adventuring out on the Donner Rim trail is easiest during the spring, summer, and fall, with the right equipment, it can also be a blast during the winter. Pack your snowshoes and head out on this trail for an entirely different perspective of Donner Lake!

Pack List

  • Trail shoes or hiking boots
  • Athletic clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Snowshoe
  • Optional: Mountain bike
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Spring, Summer, Autumn



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