The vast area known as Donner Summit is rich with adventure, history, wildlife, alpine lakes, trails, trains, and hikes. There is no shortage of adventure, just be sure to pack water, food, sunscreen, and a few good smiles to share with your friends.


Judah Loop is the best hiking trail on Donner Summit—4.5 miles with 1000' elevation gain.


Van Norden is one of the best Sierra birding areas, featuring more than 100 species.

Known as the “Jewel of the Sierra,” Donner Lake is a focal point for many water activities.

A moderate 12 mile point-to-point trail built for hiking, trail running, and biking.

5.8 mile out and back trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult.

Dense woods surround these two connected lakes teeming with rainbow and lake trout.