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 six hikes listed below. Guides lead groups of approximately 15–20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history.
Retracing the steps of the Donner Party
In the afternoon enjoy music by Richard Blair, a hamburger lunch and Mark Twain portrayed by McAvoy Layne.
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.