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Donner Party Hike 2022

Donner Party Hike 2022

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Donner Ski Ranch

19320 Donner Pass Road

Norden, CA 95724

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Donner Party Hike - Step back in time as you follow the paths of the emigrants and pioneers.

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The unforgiving Sierra Nevada winter of 1846-47 started early, setting the stage for what was to become an incredibly agonizing story of human desperation and determination. In April of 1846, the Donner Party set out to reach California. A series of errors, mishaps and tragedy followed in their footsteps.

Reaching the base of the Sierra just as an early winter storm set in, their fate was sealed, forcing them to stay the winter. Split into two camps, one at the base of what is now Donner Lake, and the other at Alder Creek, the emigrants faced unimaginable perils. Relief finally came in March, with few of the original party surviving.

Exploring this region on interpretive walks and hikes you can almost hear the clip-clop of oxen and the rumble of wagon wheels, as countless emigrants scaled the mighty Sierra Nevada in search of a better life. Learn about the success of the Stephens Party; the tragic events the Donner Party endured; and the importance of the transcontinental railroad.

The Donner Party Hike is a weekend of interpretive hikes, talks, exploration, music and history. Saturday offers hikes to several locations on the Donner Summit area. Sunday offers an additional walking tour and exploration/education at the Donner Memorial State Park.

WEATHER

Sierra weather is very unpredictable. Please check the weather forecast to ensure your clothing is appropriate for the entire day. This event will not be canceled because of weather. Rain, shine or even snow, as the emigrants, we will forge ahead. Should the weather or terrain conditions become unsafe, coordinators reserve the right to change the locations and hike programs listed in this brochure.

TERRAIN

All hikes start at a 7,000-foot elevation or higher. You will be hiking on sand, loose gravel, slick granite, some steep terrain and possibly wet or snow-covered ground. Appropriate footwear is very important. Sturdy, water-resistant hiking shoes with deep tread are recommended.

DIALOG

Guides will be speaking to your entire group on an adult level. Please be considerate so that others can hear the information provided. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS

Hikes are long in length and do require some athletic ability. You will need to carry water and personal items. No drinking water or restrooms are available on the trail. Facilities are available at Donner Ski Ranch before and after the hike.

WHAT TO BRING ON HIKES

Small day backpack, water, layered clothing, wind-breaker or rain gear, light snacks, sunscreen, dark glasses, hat, tissue and small trash bag.

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Pets, open-toed sandals, worn or slick soled shoes.

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Hike Title: Donner Memorial State Park Natural History Hike

Trip Leader: Jeremy Lin, jeremy.lin@parks.ca.govLocation: Donner Memorial State Park Visitor CenterDate & Time: Saturday, September 17th Hikers will gather at Donner Ski Ranch by 8:30 to carpool down to Donner Lake.

Difficulty: Moderate/Easy; trails with uneven terrainPreparation: Participants are asked to bring sun protection, water, and snacks

Description: State Park Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 3-mile hike starting at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center. We will discuss the natural features of the region including tree diversity, geology of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and alpine lake ecology.

The guided tour will last about 2.5 hours and trek along the iconic Donner Lake frontage, through the mixed conifer forest, and loop past Michael’s Pond. This hike is considered moderate difficulty due to narrow trails, uneven terrain, and potentially hot weather conditions.

The Donner Lake area is renowned for its beautiful scenery, intriguing biodiversity, and lovely hiking trails.

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Groups of hikers will depart once an adequate number have gathered. Note, departure times are estimates and reflect the range of departure times. Your return time will vary based on departure and hike choice. Put on your hiking shoes, choose a hike and explore Truckee’s history.

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Donner Ski Ranch

19320 Donner Pass Road

Norden, CA 95724

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