7.5 miles
1,167 ft
-1,042 ft
1 mile
High Point

The Donner Lake Rim Trail (DRLT) is a Land Trust project and volunteer effort to build a trail encircling the peaks around Donner Lake. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians can enjoy the stunning views of the Lake, Mount Rose and the Pacific Crest, which will be 23 miles when complete. Trails will run from downtown Truckee to Donner Summit and connect with existing trails, including the Summit Lake Trail, the Hole-in-the-Ground Trail, and the trails leading into the proposed Castle Peak Wilderness.

Detailed Description
Donner Lake Rim Trail is a 8 mile popular expert route located near Truckee California. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 1,167 ft with a max elevation of 7,687 ft then descends -1,042 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
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More Stats for Donner Lake Rim Trail mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 20 min
  • Altitude change
    125 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,879 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,375 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,500 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,015 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Donner Lake Rim Trail (Glacier)
Jun 6, 2024 @ 10:28am
Jun 6, 2024
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Drifter Hut Switchbacks)
May 26, 2024 @ 4:39pm
May 26, 2024
95% clear of snow on THIS trail. A few snow drifts on the trail that are easy to ride on the way down (except for one), but may have to walk on the way up. I rode as out and back from Wendin. Once you get to the top, snow will prevent riding any other trails after the Drifter Hut. Switchbacks are good now; but soon will be loose as hell once all the snow drifts melt in 2 weeks or so
Donner Lake Rim Trail/West Gatson Road
Nov 8, 2023 @ 11:04am
Nov 8, 2023
Trail is open, bridges have been repaired as per TDLT
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Wendin/Drifter Connector)
Oct 31, 2023 @ 8:24am
Oct 31, 2023
Bridge repairs are complete. Trail is back open per TDLT
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Johnson Canyon)
Oct 31, 2023 @ 8:22am
Oct 31, 2023
Bridge repairs are complete. Trail is back open per TDLT
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