A newer ribbon of single track takes you to the summit of Hawk’s Peak in Tahoe Donner in just 1.85 miles. Go out-and-back for a 3.7-mile trail run, or explore further on the Tahoe Donner trail network or find your way to the Donner Lake Rim Trail via Drifter Hut.
- Sierra views
- Family hiking and geo-caching
But watch out for:
- Full sun exposure
- Wind up top
- No trailhead facilities
From Northwoods Blvd. in Truckee, take Fjord Rd. Turn left on Alder Creek Rd. Take the first left onto Skislope Way. Go for just 1 mile to the trail head on the right. Street parking only (do not block the fire road exit).
The trail climbs 750 feet in 1.85 miles, mostly on single track. Click here to download a Tahoe Donner trail map. Please note that the trailhead number markers are taken down for winter safe-keeping, but if you take a trail map you can still find your way.
Start at Trailhead 4 / Marker 39 on Skislope Way
Marker 38: Take first left toward trail marker 19
Marker 38A (Hawk’s Ascent): Turn right onto single track
Marker 17B: Cross dirt road and continue up single track toward marker 17A
Marker 17A: Go left on dirt road toward marker 36A
Marker 36A (Hawk’s Peak Trailhead): Turn right up single track
Continue past first wooden bench to trail’s end atop a rocky outcrop
Arrive at Hawk’s Peak, Elevation 7729’
Endless connections to run in Tahoe Donner, on the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and, if you are running really far, even the Pacific Crest Trail and Emigrant Trail.