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Description - This area offers hiking and scenic views of Tinkers Knob, Heath Falls, Lower Lola Montez Lake and Mt. Judah. Glacier Meadow Loop Trail offers history on the impact that glaciers had on the area and Coldstream Trail provides an impressive 36 degree panoramic view from an elevation of 8,950 feet. The Heath Falls Overlook Trail leads you to Heath Falls, which is very impressive in the early season at peak water levels.

Recreation - Donner Summit offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking and taking in scenic views of the surrounding mountains.

Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The Donner Summit Area is approximated 8 miles west of Truckee in the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

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Truckee Ranger District - The Truckee Ranger District is located in the central eastern region of the Tahoe National Forest. This region offers, hiking, biking, horseback, riding, camping, boating, fishing and OHV riding.


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