• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.5 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake

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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I'm not sure I liked this as a walk. It went along some day-use area of the creek offshoot from the lake where there were crowds of people swimming. I guess I just didn't enjoy the scenery as much. If we had bikes, it may have been a fun and quick trip.

7 months ago
7 months ago

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

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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