Trails in Northern California

Trails in Northern California

Leave No Trace!

Visit for more information about Desolation Wilderness. Visit or call 1- 877-444-6777 to make park reservations. Visit Campfire Permits to get a permit online. More about Leave No Trace principles.

January 13, 2013

Donner Summit Royal Gorge Future Trails

"Historic Royal Gorge Acquisition"

Royal Gorge is described as one of our "pre-eminent natural wonders". Placer Land Trust and other conservationists and individuals contributed to providing funds to acquire land that had almost become 3,000 acres of neighborhoods and condos, rather than publicly accessable, historically significant land. Placer Land Trust has worked diligently to raise funds for this and other land preservation activities. Congratulations to the new owners the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land, both connceted to the Northern Sierra Partnership. This one one of the most sought after properties for conservationists, as you well know, due to its beauty and history.

Sugar Bowl will manage the land use, including hiking trails and additional opportunites including cross counrty skiing.  The no trespassing signs are things of the past, and the executive director or Sierra Watch, Tom Mooers, commented that the fun will be organizing trails. The groups are trying to raise about $4 million more to pay for maintenance and improvements.

Mooers commented, "We're going to look back even five years from now," he said, "and be amazed by what we got."

Both webpages for Northern Sierra Partnership and Truckee Donner Land Trust are great links and Northern Sierra has beautiful photos!