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Hike Johnson Canyon with Truckee Donner Land Trust

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Name: Hike Johnson Canyon with Truckee Donner Land Trust
Date: August 15, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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Event Description:

Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Johnson Canyon.  As part of the Royal Gorge acquisition in 2012, the Land Trust acquired an additional 350 acres in the canyon, effectively protecting the entire canyon from development.  Johnson Canyon is the home of the headwaters of Gregory Creek, an important tributary of Donner Lake.  We will follow the Wendin Way Trail  through Johnson Canyon. The trail provides an incredibly scenic route for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers to connect with the Donner Lake Rim Trail. Johnson Canyon is a popular site for wildlife and wildflower viewing. The Lahontan-Truckee Mule Deer migrates through this canyon and fawns each spring as well as home to four species of birds listed as protected by state or federal programs. 

Hiking Details:

A moderate 2.5 mile out and back hike with minimal (500') elevation change at 6400'.


The hike starts at the
Pacific Crest Trail and Donner Peak Trailhead
96161 Old Donner Summit Rd,
Truckee, CA 96161

Directions from downtown Truckee:
Proceed West on Donner Pass Road along the North Shore of Donner Lake. As you approach the West end of Donner Lake, go past South Shore Drive and continue up along Old Highway 40 towards Donner Summit. The trail head and parking area is on the left, roughly 1/3 of a mile from South Shore Drive (If you reach the winter closure gate, you have gone too far).

Contact Information:
Truckee Donner Land Trust - 530-582-4711
TDLT hikes are FREE!
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