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19 mi 30 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 3 Trails Intermediate Trails 8 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

Camping & Lodging

Clair Tappaan Lodge is a historic, rustic mountain lodge nestled in the woods near Lake Tahoe, California. With accommodations for up to 145 guests, our lodge is the perfect home base for year-round recreation and relaxation in the Sierra Nevada. The friendly, casual atmosphere, proximity to endless outdoor recreation opportunities and affordable nightly rates make Clair Tappaan the perfect rustic getaway to the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet on historic Donner Summit, the Lodge is a charming spot from which to explore the riches of the Sierra Nevada. The area receives the highest average snowfall of the entire Sierra Nevada range, making the Lodge a favorite amongst cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

A network of nearby trails offers miles of hiking and provides access to fishing streams, remote meadows and peaks, and crystal clear lakes. The well-known Pacific Crest Trail is only a mile away and can be reached right out the back door of the lodge. The Donner Summit area is great for both road and mountain biking and is also widely known as a rock climbers’ mecca.

For those who are really adventurous, the Lodge is a great starting point for a multi-day trek to one of the four backcountry warming huts in the region. If you want to explore the mountains in the winter but don’t want to dig a snow cave or carry a tent, our backcountry huts may be perfect for you.

For more information, see the website.

Areas Within Soda Springs

Recommended Routes in Soda Springs - 3

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Favorite Some tough climbing rewarded by the great scenic sections
Difficult

Hole in the Ground Loop

16.9 mi 27.2 km 2,082' Up 634.49 m Up 2,054' Down 626.17 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Good fun....
Difficult

DLRT (Donner Lake Rim Trail) Castle Valley to Donner Ridge

8.3 mi 13.3 km 1,222' Up 372.58 m Up 1,008' Down 307.31 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Wildflowers carpet the Big Ben Trail in Royal Gorge.
Intermediate

Royal Gorge Hewlett Rim Trail

14.1 mi 22.8 km 1,573' Up 479.47 m Up 1,573' Down 479.57 m Down

Truckee, CA

Trails in Soda Springs - 8

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0.9 mi 1.5 km #1Big Ben
Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km #2Hole in the Ground
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km #3Switchback Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #4Reindeer Trail
Easy
Truckee, CA
Easy
Truckee, CA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #5Telegraph
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km #6Killy's Cruise Trail
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Sterling's Canyon
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #8Palisade Trail
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA

Photos of Soda Springs - 16

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Some tough climbing rewarded by the great scenic sections
Aug 23, 2015 near Truckee, CA
Riding at the base of Andesite Peak after a tough forest climb on the Hole in the Ground Loop.
Aug 10, 2013 near Truckee, CA
Nice stop for lunch at Lower Loal Montez Lake
Aug 19, 2015 near Truckee, CA
Dropping into the "granite garden"
Aug 18, 2014 near Truckee, CA
Looking east from the top of the switchbacks
Jul 12, 2013 near Truckee, CA
Donner Lake Rim Trail
Oct 7, 2018 near Truckee, CA
Donner Lake Rim Trail
Oct 7, 2018 near Truckee, CA
Wildflowers carpet the Big Ben Trail in Royal Gorge.
Aug 7, 2017 near Truckee, CA