Donner Pass

The steep road to Donner Pass in California

Donner Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.210m (7,250ft) above the sea level, located in Nevada County, in the U.S. state of California.

How long is Donner Pass in California?

Tucked away in the Tahoe National Forest, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Interstate 80. The pass is 24.14km (15 miles) long, running east-west from Truckee to Kingvale. The pass gets its name from the ill-fated Donner Party who overwintered there in 1846.

Is Donner Pass in California open?

Set high in the northern Sierra Nevada, the pass is open year-round, but conditions on the pass in the winter often cause temporary closures or require you to use chains on your tyres. Winters at the summit can be brutal, as it’s one of the snowiest places in the contiguous United States.

Is Donner Pass dangerous?

It’s usually known as one of the more dangerous areas for truck drivers and is the site of many fatal accidents. The pass has a steep approach from the east and a gradual approach from the west.




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