This is a view of Donner lake from a hiking trail in the Truckee area. Above this viewpoint in the distance are the old snow sheds from the original route of the Transcontinental Railroad.
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Concrete snow sheds protected the original route of the Central Pacific Railway across Donner Summit from frequent avalanches. This route was used from 1868 until 1993.
This lookout point is a beautiful place to take in this scenery. There is also a link to snowsheds that provide another lookout area to view this wonderful place.
Donner Lake was named after the unfortunate Donner Party, which spent a long and tragic winter near the lake in 1846. A museum on the northeast shore has artifacts from the period.
In a particularly cold winter Donner Lake might freeze, unlike Lake Tahoe, its much deeper neighbor to the south.