Hike the Truckee Tunnels

Lake Tahoe Donner Pass Road

Added by Shelby Montez

An awesome location just outside of Truckee CA for people who enjoy hiking and graffiti art.

To get here, drive along Donner Pass Rd. There is a turnoff about 100 yards away from the Donner Summit Bridge where you can park. The hike begins at a plaque for the China Wall- a large retaining wall built by Chinese railroad workers. Hike up the trail towards the tunnels. Some spots may require a bit of scrambling, but it is not too difficult. Once you have reached the top, the terrain is very easy and you can walk through the tunnels in both directions. The tunnels to the left are longer and filled with more graffiti, but can get darker so make sure you bring a flashlight. Occasionally, the tunnels have large openings with amazing views of the mountains. It may feel a little bit creepy in these long dark tunnels, so make sure to bring a friend along with you! Also, if you decide to climb on top of the tunnels, make sure that you can find a safe way down.

The tunnels go on for quite a long distance, so hike out as far as you'd like.

Pack List

  • flashlight
  • a friend
  • water
  • camera
  • comfortable shoes
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

6 months ago

Tunnels

LOVE this adventure. Definitely a local favorite.

6 months ago

More Adventures Nearby

Photograph the Lupine at Lake Forest Beach

Lake Tahoe / Lake Forest Beach

A quick walk through Lake Forest Beach in Tahoe City, California provides unparalleled opportunities to photograph expansive fields of lupine.

Jenna Herzog
10 Saves

Visit the Bridgeport Covered Bridge

Lake Tahoe / Bridgeport Covered Bridge Parking

The famed and picturesque Bridgeport Covered Bridge, spanning the width of the Yuba River, was originally built in 1862.

Josh Currie
10 Saves

Rock Climb at Eagle Lake Cliffs

Lake Tahoe / Eagle Lake Trailhead

To Access Eagle Lake Cliffs Crag, head to the West Shore of South Lake Tahoe. You’ll want to park at Emerald Bay Parking Lot and head to the trail register.

Trevor Cox
8 Saves