8 miles
1,507 ft
-1,399 ft
1 miles
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.

Route Supporters
Local Trail Association
Bicyclists of Nevada County (www.bonc.org)
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Donner Lake Rim Trail mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    107 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,887 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,395 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,502 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,212 ft
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Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

DLRT: Drifter Hut Switchbacks (15E75)
May 6, 2018 @ 10:00am
May 6, 2018
A few snow spots but you can ride through all of them.
DLRT: Donner Ridge (15E75)
May 6, 2018 @ 9:59am
May 6, 2018
Great condition. Some snow drifts on the north side, but you can walk around them.
DLRT: Castle Valley (15E75)
Oct 9, 2017 @ 1:12pm
Oct 9, 2017
Rode this out and back between the junction of Wendin trail to the Castle peak fire road (then connected to hole-in-the-ground trail). Conditions are pretty good for this late in the season. A couple of dusty patches is all.
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