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Hike to Tinker Knob and Anderson Peak, via the Coldstream Trail from Donner Memorial State Park. This is a nice, easy-to-follow trail, steep in places. Some mountain bike use on the lower portion. The Coldstream Trail meets the Pacific Crest Trai near Tinker Knob. There is a use trail to the summit of Tinker Knob from its north ridge, a bit of a scramble to the top. This route then follows the ridge over to Anderson Peak to the north, with moderate rock hopping near the top. Bagged two new (for me) peaks on the OGUL Peak List is one day!  A thunderstorm rolled in on the final part of the descent, with sprinkles then light rain. Fortunately, the hail storm started after I got back to the car.

The hike to Tinker Knob alone is 10.5 miles round-trip with a 2720-ft elevation gain.

Trailhead directions: From I-80 Donner Lake Road exit, turn south into commercial area. If the Coldstream Road gate of Donner Memorial State Park is open (as it was today), go to the end of the paved road, then left onto dirt road (not into the gated highway maintenance yard). If the outer gate is closed, access is through the main entrance of the state park, possibly with a entrance fee (per older guidebooks). Follow Coldstream Road to the parking area just before the railroad tracks (Horseshoe Bend, about 3.5 miles from I-80, more if you have to go through the park). Cross the tracks (carefully) on foot to reach the continuation of the road. Follow the main road straight through the Lost Trail Lodge area, which is about a half-mile beyond the tracks. See the map at the end of the state park brochure.

Statistics:
13.02 mi (5.67 mi uphill, 5.81 mi downhill, 1.47 mi flat)
3200 ft total ascent – 15.7 % uphill grade, 50.5 % downhill grade
7:11:25 total time (6:08:12 moving, 1:03:13 stopped)
0:28:16 pace (2.1 mph average speed)
27.1 difficulty, 49.9 effort

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