1.3 miles
Distance
9 ft
Climb
-737 ft
Descent
00:09:12
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Donner Lake Rim (Drifter Hut Switchbacks) Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Donner Lake Rim Trail
    Truckee, California
  • Ref Number
    #15E75
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    under snow in winter
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #38037 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2338 in Trail Running
    • #6465 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

Very fun switchbacks accessible from Tahoe Donner routes. Smile and share the trail

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Donner Lake Rim Trail (Drifter Hut Switchbacks) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -728 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,903 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,632 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,631 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,903 ft
  • Grade
    -10.313%
  • Grade max
    -23.864%
  • Grade min
    6.323%
  • Distance climb
    210 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    223 ft
  • Avg time
    00:09:12
  • Avg reverse time
    00:28:35
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Status:
on Jun 2, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4 (4 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      Donner Lake Rim... Trail Reports

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      Jun 2, 2022 @ 6:19pm
      Jun 2, 2022
      Big patch of must-walk-across snow at the top, where all the trail intersect. Otherwise dry and clear
      May 15, 2022 @ 6:00pm
      May 15, 2022
      Multiple short snow drifts on the upper section, Some minor wet spots.
      Nov 28, 2021 @ 2:14pm
      Nov 28, 2021
      A couple of damp spots, but overall very good. The section below, Wendin Way, too wet. Willie's Wiggle, too wet (but worth walking to get to...
      Sep 14, 2021 @ 10:05am
      Sep 14, 2021
      Jun 5, 2021 @ 1:30pm
      Jun 5, 2021
      Dry, without being dusty. Loose rocks
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 36 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 43 rides
      • 32 miles avg distance
      All
      • 728 rides
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      Oct 5, 2020 @ 2:31pm
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      107 |
      Jul 10, 2019 @ 8:31am
      Jul 10, 2019
      84 |
      Jul 9, 2019 @ 10:49am
      Jul 9, 2019
      141 |
      Jul 1, 2019 @ 8:36am
      Jul 1, 2019

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