Hikers can experience the early emigrants’ journey across the Sierra Nevada mountains without reliving the dangers October 14 & 15 by participants in the 25th Annual Donner Party Hike.
Participants can choose from five different hikes on Saturday and on Sunday a walking tour. All events offer insight into emigrant history from area guides, along with invigorating recreation and beautiful scenery.
Saturday’s hikes begin and end at the Mt. Judah lodge at Sugar Bowl located of old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Rd.) on Donner Summit. Guides will lead groups of approximately10-20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history. In the afternoon, hikers will enjoy a hamburger lunch and a speaker.
Hike options include a 3.5 mile one way trek in Summit Canyon. Other hikes include a 4 mile round trip that will explore the Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road and 1913 Corridor Lincoln Highway with views of petroglyphs, old roadside billboards and the China Wall. In addition, a 4-5 mile hike heading up Roller Pass and/or Mt. Judah; a 6 mile hike past pristine High Sierra Lakes; Coldstream Pass, one of the most heavily traveled emigrant routes; or a 4 mile walk around Summit Valley (grinding rocks, Van Norden Dam, Dutch Flat Rd. etc.).
Sunday offers a more relaxed walking tour departing from the Donner Camp Picnic Area, located on Highway 89 North. Activities include a walking tour where guides will detail the Donner Party’s encampment, a visit to the Murphy’s Cabin Site and entrance to the Donner Memorial State Park Museum offering a historical movie about the Donner Party. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the Donner Memorial State Park.
Space is limited for all events and reservations are required. Registration for the Saturday hikes is $55 per hiker and includes a guided hike, commemorative ballcap, BBQ lunch and afternoon presentation. Deadline is October 4.
2-day hike package is $80. Complete hike descriptions and registration forms can be found at - www.donnerpartyhike.com or email@example.com
The Donner Party Hike event is organized by Kathy Hess of Just Imagine Marketing.