Guided Snowshoe Tour at Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe!!! Join us for a spectacular snowshoe tour at Donner Summit. Snowshoes, trekking poles, parking permit, and experienced guide are included ... More info ›
Guided Snowshoe Tour at Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe!!! Join us for a spectacular snowshoe tour at Donner Summit. Snowshoes, trekking poles, parking permit, and experienced guide are included. This tour is great for both beginners and the experienced. Snowshoeing is not hard for most people. It is very similar to walking. We also provide trekking poles which are great for maintaining balance and stability.
We will meet at the trailhead at 10AM. Donner Summit is named after the famous Donner Party who trapped by snow in the winter of 1846-47. We will be snowshoeing some on the Pacific Crest Trail! There will be fantastic views of Castle Peak, Donner Lake, and the surrounding area. There will be lots of commentary about the natural history, flora, and fauna of the area. The tour is approximately 3 miles round trip and takes 3 or 4 hours including breaks. Anyone under 18 years old must be with their legal guardian. There may be up to 7 people on this tour.
We will meet at the trailhead at 10AM on the day of your tour and briefly go over equipment and snowshoeing technique before starting the tour. The tour is approximately 3 to 4 hours including breaks and will cover approximately 3 miles. As your guide, I will set a pace that allows everyone to keep up and will take as many breaks as needed.
We will hike past several interesting points including stunning views of the volcanic Castle Peak towering another 2,000 feet above Donner Summit. The yellowish and greenish color of Castle Peak is due to the sulfuric acid in the volcanic rock. We will see lodgepole pine trees which were once used as tepee poles by Native Americans due to their long, thin, straight, and lightweight properties. We will see giant boulders deposited by melting glaciers at the end of the last ice age.
We will see a few small ponds covered by ice before reaching an incredible overlook of the surrounding mountains and of Donner Lake where the famous Donner party camped in the winter of 1846-47. The Donner party was migrating to California before becoming snowed in and trapped. Finally 2 brothers in the party made it over Donner Summit by fashioning snowshoes by binding branches together and binding them to their feet.
Staying warm and dry is essential to enjoying your tour. Temperatures can be well below freezing at 7,000 feet. -Waterproof winter boots are required. The provided snowshoes will bind to your own winter boots that you bring. The snowshoes can attach to any type of winter boot. -Water proof / water resistant pants. These may include ski pants but never blue jeans or anything cotton. Cotton is bad because it can become soaked with water when exposed to snow and body heat.
-Warm Layers. Layers that can unzip in the front are excellent for letting out the heat but can be zipped up while taking a break or if the wind picks up. -Warm head gear like a winter hat or hood. -Warm Gloves -Water resistant jacket for outer layer -Small backpack to carry your water and snacks. Backpacks are good for carrying extra layers too.
Lunch, Snacks & Water
Please bring lunch, snacks, and water bottles (1.5 litters). Some limited amount of snacks like Cliff bars will be brought for the group to share. We will take a lunch break at the overlook above Donner Lake.
This tour could be challenging for those who are not in good physical shape. The altitude of 7,100 feet can cause many to become tired faster than expected. The guide will set a pace that allows everyone to keep up. This tour may not be suitable for those with medical conditions or poor health.
All attendees are required to sign an acknowledgement of risks form and a photo release form.