Donner Camp Picnic Site and Interpretive Trail
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.
Accessible vault toilet and picnic tables.
No trash services. Pack it in, pack it out.
Directions: From Truckee take Highway 89 North approximately three miles north of I-80. Look for Donner Camp Picnic Site on the right.
At a Glance
|Area Amenities:||Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking|
|Open Season:||April/May as snow conditions allow|
|Restrictions:||No water or trash services provided. Pack it in, pack it out. No camping or campfires allowed outside of developed campgrounds.|
|Closest Towns:||Truckee, CA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Accessible:||Accessible vault toilet and picnic table. Native surface trail with board walks. Assistance may be required along some sections.|