With all the snow we've received in January so far, there is no better time to go snowshoeing!
So, we got together with John at Truckee Donner Land Trust and got the low down on the best places to go!
Donner Summit Canyon
A trail up the canyon follows much of the old Dutch Flat/Donner Lake Wagon Road, which later served as the Lincoln Highway. Some of the historic features visible from the upper part of the trail include Native American petroglyphs, the China Wall, and the world’s first automobile underpass (1913). Look for the abandoned Turkey Truck that careened off the road in 1955, scattering 30,000 pounds of frozen turkeys down the 175’ drop and delaying Thanksgiving dinner for hungry Nevadans! Get additional history and access map here.
The Wendin Way Trail through Johnson Canyon, accessed directly from the Donner Lake Exit on Interstate 80, provides an incredibly scenic route for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers to connect with the Donner Lake Rim Trail. Johnson Canyon is one of the most popular winter trailheads in the area. In addition, the canyon is a popular area for wildlife and wildflower viewing. Get additional history and access map here.
Waddle Ranch Preserve
Located in the heart of Martis Valley near Truckee, Waddle Ranch Preserve was home to indigenous people. Artifacts left by the Martis people are estimated to be two to three thousand years old. More recently, the Washoe Indian Tribe used the valley as a summer encampment until the 1910s. Get additional history and access map here.
Over at Donner Camp Picnic Area, enjoy meadow snowshoeing and hike along the Emigrant Trail. From 80, take exit 188B to 89N, 3 miles N on 89, Pull into parking area on East side of 89N Glacier Wat Trailhead. Get the access map here.
Now, all you need to do is pick a trail, grab your gear and head out! If you don't have gear, not to worry! We rent snowshoes both at our Truckee and Blairsden locations!