Top Spots

Lower and Upper Lola Montez Lakes

Soda Springs, California

8.2 mi / 1486 ft gain

Lola Montez Trail

Soda Springs, California

6.33 mi / 981 ft gain

Mariah Point via Big Ben, Reindeer, Castle Pass and Helman's Way

Soda Springs, California

8.31 mi / 1168 ft gain

Deer Lake, Kidd Lake, Cascade Lakes and Long Lake

Soda Springs, California

8.63 mi / 673 ft gain

Big Ben, Killy's Cruise, Lyle's Lookout, Crosscut, Palisade

Soda Springs, California

2.8 mi / 144 ft gain

Palisade to Kilborn Lake

Soda Springs, California

4.89 mi / 482 ft gain

Palisade Peak Trail via Kat's Walk

Norden, California

2.04 mi / 404 ft gain

Palisade Peak Trail

Norden, California

2.25 mi / 627 ft gain

Crows Nest

Soda Springs, California

3.99 mi / 922 ft gain

Places to stay

Truckee, California

Lake Chalet with Private Garage - Near Donner Lake

From $295 / night

Truckee, California

Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

From $399 / night

Truckee, California

Alpine Haven | Spacious West End Donner Lake Home

From $275 / night

Truckee, California

Donner Lake Home with Pool Table - Near Hiking

From $275 / night

Truckee, California

Lake & Mountain-View Home with Multi-Level Deck

From $186 / night

39.344017,-120.26761, California

Peaceful Mountain Getaway

From $564 / night

Guides and stories

The Most Relaxing Backpacking Trip I've Ever Taken with My Dog, Jack

Benjamin Canevari

Review: Hibear All-Day Adventure Flask

Kristi Teplitz

Nordica Strider 115 Women’s Ski Boot Review

Kristi Teplitz

Review: Body Glove Navigator+ Inflatable SUP w/ Backpack

Michael McSherry

The Gear I've Used to Make Turns All Year

Kristi Teplitz

Lake Life Essentials

Kristi Teplitz

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