Hike Johnson Canyon with Truckee Donner Land Trust
Soda Springs CA
Posted By: Truckee Donner Land Trust
Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a stroll through Johnson Canyon. As part of the Royal Gorge acquisition in 2012, the Land Trust acquired an additional 350 acres in the canyon, effectively protecting the entire canyon from development. Johnson Canyon is the home of the headwaters of Gregory Creek, an important tributary of Donner Lake. We will follow the Wendin Way Trail through Johnson Canyon. The trail provides an incredibly scenic route for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers to connect with the Donner Lake Rim Trail. Johnson Canyon is a popular site for wildlife and wildflower viewing. The Lahontan-Truckee Mule Deer migrates through this canyon and fawns each spring as well as home to four species of birds listed as protected by state or federal programs.
This is a moderate 2.5 mile out and back hike with minimal (500′) elevation change at 6400′.
How do I get there?
Head west on Hwy 80 and take the Donner Lake Exit, about halfway between Donner Summit and Truckee. At the bottom of the off ramp, head North (uphill) about 300 yards to the trailhead where there is a large parking area and kiosks with a map of the area and background information.