Donner Party Hike
Hiking + History = Donner Party Hike!
Saturday hikes will begin and end at Sugar Bowl Ski area located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. Choose one of the seven hikes listed below. Guides lead groups of approximately 15–20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history.
Saturday lunch will feature a guest speaker talking about the history of the Lincoln Highway.
Saturday evening will feature a free presentation at Donner Memorial State Park about local historical figure, C.F. McGlashan.
Sunday hikes: Retracing the steps of the Donner Party, hikers depart from 8:30–9:00 a.m. at the Donner Camp Picnic Area, located on Highway 89 approximately 8 miles north of Truckee. Walking tours begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
The day begins with an interpretive walk where you will hear of the grueling travel and mishaps of the Donner Party and the archeological finds at this location. Participants will then drive to Donner Memorial State Park to view the Murphy Cabin Site and Pioneer Monument.
Participants are welcome to view the movie documentary and explore the Emigrant Trail Museum at the State Park, admission to the park is included for the remainder of the afternoon.
New this year: Sunday Bus Tour, check out the website for details.