Snowshoeing Through Tunnels and Sheds w/ Lunch Overlooking Beautiful Donner Lake

  • February 9, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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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!

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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?

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  • Ilene

    Wish I could make it but have theatre tix!

    February 5, 2013

  • Will Y.

    Wish I could make this as I bought new snowshoes on sale back in the summer and would like to try 'em out. But I'm headed out of the country this Saturday and return on the 21st. Keep me posted on your next snowshoe outing! Have fun, Will

    February 5, 2013

  • Will Y.

    That sounds like fun but can't make this one as I'm headed to the Caribbean Saturday morning to do some diving.

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This trip sounds magnificent! Always wanted to learn to snowshoe. But have the impression that snowshoeing requires much more energy than simple hiking. I am working on my conditioning and don't have the right gear in time for Saturday. I know it's already February, Charles, but if it were reasonable to reschedule in another month, I might be able to join. And if not, maybe next season?!
    San Rafael

    February 4, 2013

  • Jing H.

    sorry, it's too far away. thank you anyway.

    February 3, 2013

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