Tahoe Donner has 60+ miles of trails and fire service roads, covering approximately 3,474 acres of epic, wild terrain. Many species of animals can be seen here, including quail, grouse, squirrels, rabbits, marmots, beavers, deer, mountain lions and black bear. Hikers, bikers and equestrians cherish this incredible natural resource. These trails are open to Tahoe Donner homeowners and their guests.
While most folks are putting away their summer gear and waxing their skis, the trail department at Tahoe Donner continues to prepare for the warmer months and trail projects scheduled for 2018.
Trail work may seem fairly straightforward to those who like to hop on a bike or lace up their running shoes and hit the dirt. The simplicity of it all is part of the appeal, right? The reality is trail development and maintenance requires a year-round planning process by a team of collaborative agencies. Biologists, archaeologists, engineers and watershed management agencies all play a role in the trail alignment decision process.
These regulatory specialists are brought in to assure Tahoe Donner maintains the highest level of environmental compliance, preservation of cultural resources and safety for our trail users. But we don’t just go through these steps in order to follow guidelines established in the Trails Master Plan and be good stewards of the land. We also take these steps because we’re following protocol developed by the State of California and Nevada County regulations.
These projects can be tricky. Trail alignments located within watersheds in the Truckee/Tahoe watershed are complicated and require a next level approach to planning. Patience goes a long way in the Trail Department, and we very much appreciate yours.
Update on the Nature Loop Trail
We know this trail has been closed all summer and are sorry for the inconvenience. A BIG thank you to those who respected the closure attempts and used the North Nature Loop trail access. This popular trail was developed prior to the demands of environmental compliance protecting the wetlands.
The trail’s closure is to ensure your safety across the broken boardwalk and an attempt at protecting the wetlands. Engineers and specialists have surveyed the area and are helping Tahoe Donner’s Trail Department in the development of an aggressive plan to make the necessary trail improvements. If you have further questions or comments, please contact our Trail Manager at Cthayer@tahoedonner.com or (530) 582-9672.
Download a printable version of the summer 2017 Trail Map (pdf).
View some of the local flora and download a copy of our Wildflower Guide to take with you as you explore!
View the Trails Master Plan
View the Trails 5-year Implementation Plan
There are many opportunities to volunteer to keep our trails and our surroundings in great shape. Sign up for a trail day, a weed walk, or a clean up day.