Donner Pass

Donner Pass, a steep road in California

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

Located in the northern Sierra Nevada, the road to the summit is paved. It’s called Interstate 80. It has a steep approach from the east and a gradual approach from the west. The pass gets its name from the ill-fated Donner Party who overwintered there in 1846.

Is Donner Pass in California open?

Located within the Tahoe National Forest, 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. 

Is Donner Pass dangerous?

The pass is 24.14km (15 miles) long, running east-west from Truckee to Kingvale. It’s usually known as one of the more dangerous areas for truck drivers and is the site of many fatal accidents.


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.