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Commemorative Emigrant Trail

  • Trails + Paved Paths + Access
  • Winter Trailheads + Backcountry
Hwy 89 & Donner Camp Picnic Site
Truckee, CA 96161

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Travel through history as you follow the route of settlers from many years ago traversing our local landscape by way of the legendary Commemorative Emigrant Trail. This multi-use single track trail read more
  • About

    Travel through history as you follow the route of settlers from many years ago traversing our local landscape by way of the legendary Commemorative Emigrant Trail. This multi-use single track trail follows roughly in the steps of emigrants who used the trail in the 1800s. The Commemorative Emigrant Trail travels through beautiful scenery along Alder Creek, and through the Tahoe National Forest to Stampede Reservoir.

    The trail is popular with mountain bikers and hikers and is pet friendly; equestrians are also sometimes on the trail near Prosser Reservoir. In the winter, the trails are also used for snow shoeing and off trail cross country skiing.

    The trail is 15 miles one way, but many visitors skip the Tahoe Donner/crossing HWY 89 portion and park at the Donner Camp Picnic Area (making it 12 miles, one way) or park at the Prosser Creek bridge, making it 6 miles to Stampede Reservoir.

    History buffs may also be interested in a short hike from the Donner Picnic area to the spot where part of the Donner Party camped, marked by a large hollowed tree stump that was used for shelter and a plaque with information about their ordeal.

  • Highlights

    • Mileage: Fifteen, 12, or 6 miles, one way.
    • Level: Moderate
    • Usage: Moderate
    • Access: Tahoe Donner CR 780, Donner Camp Picnic Site, or Prosser Creek Bridge