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Donner Party hike: Follow the footsteps of early pioneers

Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce/via

TRUCKEE and#8212; Hikers can experience the early emigrantsand#8217; journey across the Sierra Nevada mountains, without the danger, Oct. 9 and 10 at the 18th Annual Donner Party Hike. The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is hosting this popular event that unites two passions and#8212; love for the Sierra Nevada wilderness and fascinating emigrant history.

Participants can choose from six different hikes on Saturday and a walking tour on Sunday. All events offer insight into emigrant history from area guides, along with invigorating recreation and beautiful scenery.

Saturdayand#8217;s hikes begin and end at the Sugar Bowl Lodge located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. Guides will lead groups of 15-20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information. In the afternoon, hikers will enjoy a BBQ lunch and presentation by Mark Twain impersonator MacAvoy Lane who will relate captivating tales of the Comstock.

Hike options include a 4-mile round trip that will explore the Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road and 1913 Corridor Lincoln Highway with views of petroglyphs, old roadside billboards and the China Wall. Other hikes include a 4 to 5-mile hike heading up Roller Pass; a 6-mile hike past pristine High Sierra Lakes; a strenuous 6-mile hike over Coldstream Pass, one of the most heavily traveled emigrant routes; or a 5-mile hike through old railroad tunnels and snowsheds.

Sunday offers a more relaxed walking tour departing from the Donner Camp Picnic Area, located on Highway 89 North. Activities include a walking tour where guides will detail the Donner Partyand#8217;s encampment, a visit to the Murphyand#8217;s Cabin Site and entrance to the Donner Memorial State Park Museum offering a historical movie about the Donner Party. Participants will need their own transportation to the Donner Memorial State Park.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Early registration for the Saturday hikes is $45 ($50 after Oct. 1, 2010) per hiker and includes a guided hike, commemorative hat, BBQ lunch and afternoon presentation. Sundayand#8217;s walking tour is $15 and includes the guided walk and entrance to the Emigrant Trail Museum. Two-day hike package is $60 ($65 after Oct. 1, 2010).

Complete descriptions and registration forms can be found at or call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 587-8808.

Sponsors include: Cedar House Sport Hotel, Donner Lake Village Resort, Donner Memorial State Park, Hampton Inn and Suites Tahoe-Truckee, The Inn at Truckee, The Lodge at Sugar Bowl, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Ski Area, Town of Truckee, Truckee Donner Historical Society, Truckee Donner Lodge (formerly Holiday Inn Express), and the U.S. Forest Service.

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