118. A-23 Donner Hill – Look For & Leaving Directions

View from Donner Hill looking down on Emigration Canyon

Look across the small reservoir toward Donner Hill, the ridge to the east. The emigrants ascended the ridge on the north side of the condominiums. From this vantage, the steepness of the descent is evident.

The current roadbed approximates the Donner-Reed Party’s route. Today, Emigration Canyon is widened and the top of Donner Hill has been leveled to make room for residential development. But the hill is still impressive and Emigration Creek, edged by willow and scrub oak, still runs along the south side of Emigration Canyon Road. Visitors can easily envision how this spot looked in 1846-47.

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