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Our first snowshoe of the season. Spectacular views from Donner Peak.

Directions: Donner Pass on old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Road). Drive 3 miles east from the Soda Springs exit on I-80, or west from Truckee. The route starts from the road behind the Sugarbowl Ski Academy parking lot. The way up from the PCT trailhead is quite steep; it’s somewhat better up the slope a bit to the right. We went to the end of Lake Mary before heading up, which was too far and also quite steep. Parking is limited, no parking on the highway shoulder during snow removal. Guidebooks talk about parking for a fee at the school, but it has changed hands and has no indication that parking is allowed there.

3.5 mi (1.76 mi uphill, 2.24 mi downhill, 0.27 mi flat)
900 ft total ascent – 19.3 % uphill grade
3:57:28 total time (3:16:24 moving, 0:41:04 stopped)
0:40:28 pace (1.5 mph average speed)
14.6 difficulty, 23.5 effort

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