Donner Lake Rim Trail

Looking for a challenge?  Whether you're are on foot or on a bike, you will find the Donner Lake Rim Trail a good challenge.  Our friends on bicycles will find the trail technically challenging and strenuous at times and if you're on foot you will find a moderate to difficult adventure awaits.

Currently, the Donner Lake Rim Trail is 15 miles, with only 9 of them open to bicycles.  Upon completion, the trail will be a total of 23 miles round trip.

You can access this trail from 3 different locations:

  1. Tahoe Donner Trailhead parking lot off of Glacier Way.
  2. Donner Summit: If you're on foot, you can use the Pacific Crest Trail, and bicyclist can access the trail via Castle Valley Rd.
  3. Negro Canyon: I-80 at the Donner Lake Interchange. Proceed down the off ramp, and turn north onto a dirt road.