Donner Summit Pac Crest Trailhead

Area Status: Open

This trailhead provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail. A short access trail heads east from the trailhead to connect to the PCT. Heading north takes you under I-80 and on to destinations such as Castle Valley, Round Valley and Peter Grubb Hut, to Paradise Valley and beyond, with views of Castle Peak and Basin Peak. Heading south leads you to Historic Donner Pass, Mount Judah, the Benson Hut, Tinkers Knob, and beyond. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Operated as a sno-park, November 1 to May 30 Summer season, May 31 to October 31
Open Season: May 31 - October 31
Usage: Heavy
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Donner Summit Pacific Crest Trailhead is located on the south side of I-80 at the Castle Peak/Boreal exit beyond Boreal Inn. 


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Horse Riding


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