See Donner from the Flora Lake hike. Visit snow covered, iced over ponds and lakes. This is a memorable snowshoe experience!
The Sno Park is a great family fun place! Toboggan, build snowmen, make snow angels, and have a snowball toss (with close parking and restrooms)!
|Peachy Hiker on the lake, very well iced over in September 2015.|
And it is right off I-80 at the Boreal exit!
|Snowing so hard over I-80 we couldn't even see tail lights in 2012.|
Quite a few of my photos are not showing any longer. Not sure why so I am editing those out today (Aug 28, 2015). I will go for replacements this winter assuming we get snow! For now and ease in updating, I am leaving the captions. Sorry for the difficulty! This link still has all of the photos: GPS tracks
- Distance: Posted is out and back totaling about 3.5 miles.
- Difficulty: Easy+ at this time. Nothing steep. Conditions can change quickly so check forestry sources if you are concerned.
Now let's get you going!
- Get a sno park permit at the hotel before you park. (Better yet pick one up from stores like REI in town!)
- There are restrooms in the parking area.
- It is snowplowed.
- The trailhead is marked with a billboard at the eastern side of parking.
- You can download tracks to the route from the Old Donner Highway side. My article for that section is Old Donner Pass to Azalea Lake Loop. I have not traveled it in snow.
- Carry food, and plenty of layers. Be prepared for all weather. We encountered rain, snow and sleet. It got windy and colder late in the afternoon.
|The Sno Park is likely to be full of families playing in the snow and building snowmen.|
|It appears that there is a seasonal Interpretive Loop.|
landed on my knees by clipping the back of one snowshoe with the other.
Take your time...
have to change layers on our way back.
I carried my usual safety supplies and first aid kit
but was so engrossed in the trip and
achieving our goals, I forgot I had a rain poncho.
It could have been used over my daypack in the heavy moisture!
We were snowshoeing in a storm.
strange problem. From reading, the aluminum poles are stronger (slightly heavier) but
what good is it to carry out the weight of broken carbon poles and do without any benefit? My
new set has my coveted cork material handgrips, soft wrist straps and a locking mechanism.
searching to find places to cross. Use caution.
I highly recommend this trail for snowshoeing!!!
are edited out. GPS tracks supplied are accurate regarding areas where we had to detour
due to trail conditions, and may diverge from what a forestry map shows, or maybe from
conditions when you arrive.
all of that from Old Donner Highway to I-80.
Thank you for dropping by! Happy Trails!
updated by adding the standing on lake photo and rearranging the Advisories text 1-4-2016