Short Hike at Donner Lake

Lake Tahoe Donner Lake and Memorial State Park

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  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Easy, flat trail
  • Scenic Donner Lake
  • Historic landmark

This is a super relaxed hike in an area with a ton of history. Stop by the museum before or after your hike to learn about the Donner Party, the Transcontinental Railroad, and local Native Americans

Park at the Donner Lake and Memorial State Park Visitor Center and walk west towards the lake. Cross the bridge and follow Donner Creek towards the lake, then head left for what would be a counter clockwise route around the lake. After about a mile along the shore, look for and follow the trail heading left into the woods. This will lead you through a calm forest all the way back to the parking lot.

Photo: Daniel Hoherd, Javier Velazquez-Muriel, melfoody

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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3.5 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake

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4 months ago

Great For Trail Run

Ran this trail a lot in college. It was my go to spot. Unless it was the summer weekend, too crowded.

4 months ago

10 months ago

Great beginner snowshoe

My family went out here for our first snowshoe ever! It was great. No elevation gain, relatively flat, perfect for beginners. We brought the dogs along after getting the OK from the rangers. Seem to be more relaxed about dogs in the winter time! Highly recommend for a nice winter afternoon.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Gorgeous and low key

One of my favorite little hikes in the Tahoe area. It was the best low key loop to do while I was pregnant. Beautiful, scenic and easy.

10 months ago

12 months ago

Gorgeous snowy hike along Donner Lake. Low-key for a great photo walk.

12 months ago

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