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    Donner Memorial Connector Path

    Tahoe National Forest, California
    Elevation Gain78ft
    Trailhead Elevation6,120ft
    Elevation Min/Max6116/6185ft
    Elevation Start/End6120/6120ft

    Donner Memorial Connector Path

    Donner Memorial Connector Path is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Donner Memorial State Park and Tahoe National Forest. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 6,120 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 78 feet. This trail connects with the following: Donner Memorial.
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    Loomis, CA
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    A pleasant trail along a beautiful lake at 6000 feet elevation. The trial is mostly flat and well maintained. I enjoyed my run on the trial, but would be wary of how crowded it might be on busy summer weekends. This State Park can be quite busy.

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    "Donner Memorial Park has enough diversions to fill a couple of hours or an entire week. The park boasts two trails: a short nature-trail loop that takes 30 minutes to complete, and a 2-mile semi-loop that mostly parallels the lakeshore but also goes through the forest. With swimming areas, boat rentals, picnic areas, campgrounds, and a museum dedicated to the ill-fated Donner Party, the park offers plenty of family activities in addition to hiking. So many fun adventures await park visitors that a trip to the museum is necessary to understand the tragedy for which the park is named." Read more
    "A relatively new addition to the area, the Donner Summit Canyon Trail traces a historical route from the vicinity of Donner Lake to Donner Summit. Along the way, you’ll encounter lush foliage and early-season wildflowers, a beaver pond, serene forest, and scenic views across slopes of classic Sierra granite. The presence of man also will be seen, as much of the route follows an old wagon road used to supply workers on the transcontinental railroad. The upper section is never too far from the old Lincoln Highway (Donner Pass Road: the main trans-Sierra road before the four-lane thoroughfare of I-80 was constructed) and the old railroad grade, with snow sheds and stone retaining walls visible from many spots along the trail. While nowadays the old road transports only light traffic and the railroad grade has long been abandoned in favor of a tunnel to the south, the modern-day scene includes climbers scaling the vertical rock faces near the summit. Casual hikers interested in an easier hike can follow shorter sections of trail to a couple of picnic areas." Read more

    Trail Information

    Tahoe National Forest
    Nearby City
    Tahoe National Forest
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Swimming, Boating, Camping
    Additional Use
    Truckee Donner Land Trust at 530-582-4711,; Tahoe National Forest at 530-587-3558,
    Local Contacts
    TDLT Donner Summit Canyon
    Local Maps