Donner Lake Rim Trail
- Trails + Paved Paths + Access
Currently 15 miles of the Donner Lake Rim Trail are complete, with 9 of them open to bicycle use. Once complete, this will be a 23-mile multi-use trail on the mountains and ridges surrounding Donner Lake. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians will enjoy stunning views of Donner Lake, Mount Rose and the Pacific Crest.
Donner Lake Rim Trail is a project of the Truckee Donner Land Trust. They are working with help from volunteers to connect trails from downtown Truckee to Donner Summit and with other existing trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Warren Lake Trail, Summit Lake Trail, the Hole-in-the-Ground Trail, and the trails leading into the proposed Castle Peak Wilderness.
Most of the open segment of the trail was built by the Land Trust and volunteers and with the help of other partners such as the US Forest Service, Tahoe Donner, the Truckee Trails Foundation, California State Parks and the California Conservation Corps.
Using the Donner Lake Rim Trail with the main access trails and other existing trail systems, enterprising hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians can construct outings of a variety of lengths and difficulty.
There are three trailheads currently:
1. Tahoe Donner Trailhead parking lot off of Glacier Way.
2. Donner Summit: Hikers and equestrians can use the Pacific Crest Trail; bikers can use the trail via Castle Valley Road.
3. Negro Canyon: 1-80 at the Donner Lake Interchange down off ramp to dirt.
*Info courtesy of Truckee Donner Land Trust. Please see their website for more information and to plan your trip.
- Plan your trip with Truckee Donner Land Trust
- Mileage: Currently 15 miles one way
- Level: Moderate to Difficult
- Usage: Moderate
- Access: Tahoe Donner Trailhead on Glacier Way*