I did this hike 2 years ago, and this was shot at the entrance to the first tunnel.
Not sure the scenery gets much better than what you'll take in on this hike!
Never snowshoed before? Then you definitely don't want to miss this one.
The tunnels are frozen inside w/ beautiful ice formations like you haven't seen before. Some tunnels are lit w/ shafts of light, while others are lit only by our headlamps and flashlights. The floors of the tunnels are like icefields which make this one exciting hike! The views outside the tunnels are just incredible. You'll see the mighty Sierras and eventually Donner Lake, where we'll have lunch.
This is not your typical hike, nor are the views at all typical. Having done this one before, I can assure you this will be an amazing adventure you will never forget.
The hike is about 6 miles and is flat w/ some incline - and I'll call it moderate because we're in snowshoes. This will be an all day trip, and we'll go for dinner after the hike. You'll be hungry from burning calories all day, and we'll be back that evening.
You can reserve your snowshoes w/ poles at any REI for approx $30-$35 to pick up the day before (Friday). Equipment is due back in at REI on Monday - perfect deal.
What To Bring:
Hiking poles suggested, though not required
Boots - hopefully waterproof
Daypack with snacks, food (lunch) and vino!
Warm layered clothes & a plastic tarp or blanket to sit on at lunch
Head warmer (hat, knit hat, hood, etc.)
Headlamp or flashlight
Camera - You'll have many, many, unique pictures to show your friends
Sense of Adventure and Merriment!
$5 Fun fee
I will post more details in January
Hwy 80 East toward Reno for approximately 73 miles.
Exit I-80 at Soda Springs/Norden Exit 174.
Turn right at stop sign and follow the road for 3.5 miles. Donner Ski Ranch will be on the left and we'll park on the right side of the road by the maintenance buildings. It will be obvious when we get there, but then retrospect is always the knowledgeable perspective, now isn't it?
Need I mention your sense of humour is required?