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Gauging Interest: Fall 2023 Donner Pass Guided Hike

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I want to put larger feelers out for this idea that got the interest of a smaller group: how would people feel about a guided hike along the old Donner Pass Roads? While there may be a short driving tour involved, the main "tour" would be a moderately strenuous walking tour of the Donner Pass area. There are no fewer than two abandoned alignments over the pass and, combined with the abandoned railroad, there's a boatload of transportation history to explore on foot in a very small area. No fewer than half a dozen tunnels and two historic bridges at the pass itself, with more nearby. Possible other stop at the infamous Donner Party Picnic Ground.

Such a "meet" would take place in September or October of 2023 if there were a couple interested persons. This would be late enough to be after the summer peak season, but still early enough to avoid snow. If there's enough interest, there could also be a series of these guided roadgeek hikes in the Tahoe/Truckee area given the wide range of possibilities. Old Meyers Grade, Old Kingsbury Grade, and other abandoned Lincoln Highway segments are in the area and would make for interesting expeditions for adventurous road enthusiasts.

This would push Reno back to 2024 or 2025, which might be better because it would allow other projects in the region to start.

Max Rockatansky:
Considering I’m about four hours out I would go given I would have advanced notice.  Really I would probably go in general given it’s one of my favorite hikes.

already did the tunnels :( so i will probably not be drawn out thousands of miles

Where's the meet lunch going to be?  :ded: :-D

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: hbelkins on October 21, 2022, 10:31:06 AM ---Where's the meet lunch going to be?  :ded: :-D

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The Donner Lake Picnic Area (which is real) of course.


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