Donner Peak Spur

Tahoe National Forest, California

Elevation Gain140ft
Trailhead Elevation7,853ft
Elevation Min/Max7853/7990ft
Elevation Start/End7853/7855ft

Donner Peak Spur

Donner Peak Spur is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 7,853 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 140 feet. The trail ends near Donner Peak (elevation 7,989 feet) and the Emigrant Trail Truckee information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Mount Judah Loop and Emigrant Trail.

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) stretches from Mexico to Canada for 2,650 miles. The terrain that it covers between Donner Pass and Squaw Valley is among the most beautiful of the journey. Here, where the Sierra begins its slow descent for northbound hikers, southbound day hikers enjoy the reciprocal, an easy ascent into the backcountry. An uphill hike across forested ski slopes leads past Donner and Judah before crossing Roller Pass. Western hemlocks block the wind before you reach the apex of another exposed ridgeline, which you will follow to Anderson and on to Tinker. Descend into the upper reaches of the North Fork of the American River canyon, then traverse beneath Billy’s Peak. Once across the headwaters of the North Fork, a 500- foot climb toward Granite Chief brings you to the trail descending to Squaw Valley, where you emerge next to the fire station."

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Trail Information

Tahoe National Forest
Nearby City
Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District, 530-587-3558,
Local Contacts
Lake Tahoe Basin (Trails Illustrated 803)
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