Description - This scenic byway forms a loop which includes the communities of Nevada City, Truckee, Sierra City and Downieville. There are outdoor opportunities for viewing scenery and historic sites, camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and more.
- The route follows paved primary roads with opportunities for exploring on secondary roads. The primary route is open year-round. Along the way you'll find campgrounds, picnic areas, and historic towns with fuel, groceries, restaurants, shops, hotels and motels. There are outdoor opportunities for viewing scenery, hiking, fishing, boating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and more. Some communities such as Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee offer all major services.
Recreation - Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway is recognized for its natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and scenic attractions.
Climate - The Tahoe area 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.
This scenic byway forms a loop which includes the communities of Nevada City, Truckee, Sierra City and Downieville. A portion of the byway includes I-80 in the Donner Pass area. The remainder of the byway lies north of I-80.
Traveling counter-clock wise on the route, from Truckee, travel north on State Highway 89. Go past Randolph to State Highway 49. Travel west on 49 to Nevada City. From Nevada City go east on State Highway 20 to I-80. Follow I-80 east, back toward Truckee, with a small detour over Donner Pass.