Cisco Grove

Old Highway 40 from Truckee to Cisco Grove: this 40 mile roundtrip goes over Donner Summit (7200 ft.). From Truckee (elev. 5800 ft.) start around Safeway or Paco’s Bike and Ski, head west on Donner Pass Road. You’ll start a pretty steep climb after you pass Donner Lake. You’ll have spectacular views of Truckee and Donner Lake on the way up. Once you’re past Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, it’s a long moderate downhill to Cisco Grove (elev. 5900 ft.). The stretch from Sugar Bowl to Cisco is peaceful with very little traffic, even on summer weekends! During camping season, you’ll find a campground store and bathrooms at Cisco Grove. If you’re the competitive type, see how fast you can do the climb to the summit – start timing when the road gets steep just past Donner Lake – it’ll be obvious when you stop timing at the top. A commendable goal for the 3-mile climb is under 30 minutes (that means no stopping at the vista view point). 2011 time trial results ranged from 14:34.7 to 28:16.

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