Trail Etiquette and Safety

Hiking, biking or horseback riding on Tahoe Donner’s trails is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors. With the increasing popularity of these outdoor activities, the amount of encounters with other trail enthusiasts is also increasing, so we all need to do our best to be respectful, patient and courteous with others. By following the guidelines below, we can all have a more safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Advice for All Trail Users

RESPECT: It’s a simple concept: if you offer respect, you are more likely to receive it. We’re all out there to have a good time. Friendly respect will diminish negative encounters on the trail for all users.

COMMUNICATION: Let folks know you’re there — before you’re there. Do your best to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming – a friendly greeting is a good method.

YIELD APPROPRIATELY:  Anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to hikers and equestrians. Step downhill and off trail to let them pass. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

BE INFORMED: It’s YOUR responsibility to be “in the know.” Questions about where to ride, trail conditions, outdoor ethics and Tahoe Donner Association regulations are important to know before you head out on the trails. If you have further questions, please contact the trails manager at 530-582-9672 or trails@tahoedonner.com or Member Services at 530-587-9400 or info@tahoedonner.com.

Advice for Hikers and Bikers

When hikers or mountain bikers encounter horses on the trail, they should step off the trail on the downhill side, talk to the rider and the animal (this lets the stock know you are a person). Keep talking in a calm voice as the horse passes.

If you approach stock from behind it’s critical that you announce yourself loudly but calmly so you do not scare the animals. Let the rider know you’d like to pass at the next safe location. Do NOT ride up quickly on stock. It’s dangerous for you and the rider(s).

Advice for Horse Riders

Though most hikers and bikers will yield the right of way to stock, remember that some folks do not have experience with stock and may not do things your way. These encounters are great opportunities to inform and educate other users with a friendly approach.

As a horse rider, you have a responsibility to manage your animals on the trail; it is not advised to bring “green” stock to high-traffic or multi-use trails until they are familiar. Also, remember to keep an eye out for other users in front of you, behind you and joining you at trail junctions.

Help Protect Our Trails & Open Spaces:

Don’t Play in the Mud: When trails are muddy or otherwise saturated with water, please refrain from using them until they have had a chance to dry out. This will allow the trail tread to remain narrow and stable while reducing erosion.

Do Not Cut Switchbacks or Take Shortcuts: Enjoy where our trails take you; you won’t be disappointed. Cutting switchbacks and creating shortcuts damages plants and disturbs soil encouraging erosion.

Pick Up After Your Pet: Dog waste along our trails is not only unsightly but can also hurt water quality and spread disease. Please grab a few of the dog litter bags found at most Tahoe Donner trailheads before hitting the trails. Please dispose of used litter bags in trailhead garbage containers. Dogs need to be on a leash when on Tahoe Donner trails per Association policy.

Give Wildlife a Break: When encountering the abundance of wildlife throughout Tahoe Donner, please give them plenty of room to do their thing. Control pets; do not allow dogs to chase or otherwise harass wildlife.

Respect Our Neighbors: Please respect our neighbors by staying on Tahoe Donner property. Most property boundary lines are posted; please do not wander onto our neighbors’ land.

Cattle in Euer Valley: Through 2014, the Euer family cattle can be found in parts of their namesake Valley. Please respect our neighbor’s animals by giving them a wide berth.

Tips for Safety

  • Before you leave for the trail, make sure you know where you are going. It is also a good idea to tell a responsible person about your plans of where you will be and when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast so that you know what to expect on your adventure.
  • Make sure you bring drinking water and stay hydrated.
  • Before you leave your vehicle, make sure all valuables are out of sight and make sure you lock your doors.

April 11, 2014

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How 'Bout a Burger and a Beer?



Don’t miss our popular April special – Burger and a Beer for $12.25 – at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub.

Our burgers are downright delicious! We offer a large list of toppings to customize yours just the way you like it, cooked to perfection. (Extra fee may apply.) Beers included in the special are Budweiser, Bud Light and Coors Light bottles. (Other beers are available for an additional fee.)

Burger Month is available every night through the month of April, in the entire restaurant, but cannot be combined with any other coupon, discount or promotion.

April 10, 2014

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Golf Season Passes and Multi-Play Packs Now On Sale



Tahoe Donner Golf Course 2014 season passes and multi-play packs are now on sale with early buy discounts available through April 30. The golf course is expected to open mid-May with some of the best conditions in years and potentially the longest golf season ever experienced at Tahoe Donner!*

With very few exceptions, 2014 golf passes, packs and daily green fees remain the same as 2013 rates. Members of the public may purchase a Four Pack in advance and play for under $80 a round (including cart) – a 20 % savings. Tahoe Donner members may buy rounds in advance for as low as $45 per round – a 25 % savings (prices valid through April 30).

Buy a season pass for even better savings! Those who buy a season pass before April 30 will receive vouchers to bring a friend to play for half off. And for those who live in the lower elevations, a season pass at Tahoe Donner means you can beat the summer heat. Bonus: see how much farther your shots fly in the higher elevations.

Don’t delay; rates go up May 1! Take advantage of early-season pricing now (starting April 1). Members can take advantage of great savings and benefits including the following if purchased by April 30**:

  • 20-play pack for $45 per round,  a 25% savings!
  • 10-play pack for $50 per round, a 17% savings!
  • 5-play pack for $55 per round, an 8% savings!
  • Member packs are transferable between members family!

**Savings are based on comparison to core season prime time member daily play rate of $60.
*Opening date is subject to change and conditions permitting.

Following such a mild winter, Tahoe Donner golf management anticipates opening the golf course by mid-May, if not sooner, with perhaps the earliest opening to date. It’s also likely that the driving range may open even before May. The upside to a light snow year is that the golf season may turn out to be the longest and best golf season ever experienced at Tahoe Donner. Don’t miss out; get your pass or packs before May 1. Go to ShopTD to take advantage of the early season discount.

April 9, 2014

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Last Chance to Ski at Cross Country



Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will close for the season after Monday!

We plan on being open through Monday, April 7, so come on out and enjoy snowcat and snowmobile groomed trails available for skating, striding or snowshoeing. Check the conditions page for updates.

We are offering half-day rates for tickets. Also, anyone who has a season pass at other cross country ski resorts can ski for just $9.

See you when the snow flies again next season! 

April 4, 2014

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Snowman Building Contest Extended



Take advantage of this new snow! Due to the recent snow Mother Nature has delivered, we have extended the contest deadline to Monday, April 7!

Build your snowman and participate in the seventh annual Tahoe Donner Snowman Contest! A family favorite and one of our most popular contests, families and kids definitely don’t want to miss out on this fun contest! To participate, simply build your own snowman or snow creature, take a photo with you in it and email the photo with a short story about your snow-building adventure, including names of everyone in the picture, to comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please submit only .jpeg files of 300 dpi or higher for printing.

Submissions are due by midnight, MONDAY, APRIL 7. The best creations will
win prizes and be featured on Facebook and in the Tahoe Donner News.

March 25, 2014

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Tahoe Donner Golf Course Welcomes New Pro

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Driving Range Now Open

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Easter Brunch and Easter Eggstravaganza, Sunday, April 20

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Golf Course Opening Slated for May 16

Get ready for a fantastic season, one of the longest in Tahoe Donner history!

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