Donner Lake Rim Trail
This trail is being built by the Truckee Donner Land Trust with volunteer labor. When complete, it will make a 23-mile loop through the high country surrounding Donner Lake.
Currently 15 miles are complete, with nine of them open to bicycle use. Bikes are not allowed on the six-mile segment shared with the Pacific Crest Trail, making this section particularly attractive to DogTrekkers.
Often overlooked because of its proximity to Interstate 80 is Negro Canyon, which surprises with its shady spots, aspen groves and wildlife.
Negro Canyon is located off the Donner Lake Interchange. The trail begins on Wendin Way, just behind a gate about 100 feet behind the Donner Lake Rim Trail signboard. Turn left on the trail and begin a gentle climb for about 1.5 miles, to the junction with the actual Donner Lake Rim Trail. A right turn here will take you up a series of switchbacks to Donner Ridge, offering spectacular views as the reward for a very stiff climb. A left turn will take you through often open country with great views, and on to Summit Lake (about 3.5 miles further.)
• Turn onto Glacier Way, and then make an immediate left into the Tahoe Donner Trailhead parking.
• Distance: 23 mile loop (15 miles complete so far)
• Difficulty: Ranges from easy to moderate.
• Please keep your dogs on a leash.
• Always pick up after your dog.
•There is no drinking water here, so remember to bring your own.