Truckee, California: Abandoned Historic Railroad Tunnels

Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA
Two entry spots: #1: South side of Donner Pass Rd, across from Donner Ski Ranch, goes under Sugar Bowl Rd. (39.316719, -120.330199) #2: near this parking near the China Wall. (39.317049, -120.319529). Bring flashlights, hiking shoes, water, and a friend.
Unattended, hike at own risk.
Abandoned Historic Railroad Tunnels
1867 tunnels carved into Donner Pass for the railroad by Chinese workers, bypassed after 1993. Hikers walk the old line, with its varied bores and construction and scenic overlooks, and lack of safety features. And graffiti. [ Team]

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Railroad tunnel with ice.

Abandoned Historic Railroad Tunnels

The railroad tunnels fill with ice in winter. Still walkable, but high risk of slipping and falling. Waterproof footwear recommended. Flashlights a must.

[Stephen Smith, 02/20/2020]

Several tunnels remain accessible to careful explorers. The 1,659-ft tunnel was for the first railroad to cross the Sierra Nevada Range. The first train successfully crossed on June 18th, 1868.

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