Donner Camp

This easy 1/3 mile interpretive trail offers a glimpse of what the Donner Party went through here in the winter of 1846-47

photo: Emigrant-Donner Camp Historical Marker. Photo by Ken Lund/wiki.

Length: 0.40 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In Tahoe National Forest, 3 miles N of Truckee at Donner Camp Picnic Area.
State(s): California
Counties: Nevada
Longitude: -120.18093
Latitude: 39.37576

Driving Directions

From Truckee take Highway 89 North approximately three miles north of I-80. Look for Donner Camp Picnic Site on the right.

Description

This easy 1/3 mile interpretive trail offers a glimpse of what the Donner Party went through here in the winter of 1846-47. Six trailside signs are personalized with excerpts from Donner Party member’s letters and diaries. What started out as a hopeful journey towards prosperity ended tragically for the 89 member Donner Party. During the winter of 1846-47, snow trapped the George and Jacob Donner families here in Alder Creek Valley. Others were stranded six miles to the southwest at Donner Lake. Nearly half of the Donner Party died in these mountains. The rest survived the ordeal with bitter memories of cold, hunger and death.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Tahoe National Forest
P.O. Box 6003
Nevada City , CA 95959

 

Photos

Emigrant-Donner Camp Historical Marker. Photo by Ken Lund/wiki.

Emigrant-Donner Camp Historical Marker. Photo by Ken Lund/wiki.

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