Destination: Donner Peak
Mileage: 3.2 round trip
Trailhead: Plowed area near intersection of Sugar Bowl Rd and Lake Mary Rd
Elevation: 7,053 up to 8,008 feet
My powder hound was in need of a snowy adventure; I searched Outdoor Project’s Best Snowshoe Trails in Tahoe’s Backcountry and decided on Donner Peak. After parking in the small plowed parking area we packed extra warm layers, summit beers, and some snacks then strapped on our snowshoes and hiked along the snow-covered road to the buried trailhead.
For the entire hike we were surrounded by snow-covered peaks!
The beauty of snowshoeing is there are no official routes so you can choose your own adventure.
We found our way to a high point that looked toward Donner Peak to have a quick snack before climbing through the trees to the ridge.
The top of Donner Peak is a rock cathedral with ice forming on the walls.
We scrambled up a snowbank to the top of the amphitheater to take in the full 360-view.
The sun was nearing the mountains on our hike back down, but we made it back to the car in plenty of sunlight.