Donner pass railroad map. 7056 ft 2151 m is a mountain pass in the northern sierra nevada above donner lake about 9 miles 14 km west of truckee californialike the sierra nevada mountains themselves the pass has a steep approach from the east and a gradual approach from the west. Library of congress washington dc 1975. Read the introduction to railroad maps of the united states. In 1844 the stephens murphy townsend party became the first wagon train over the sierra nevada mountains crossing at donner pass.
A selective annotated bibliography of original 19th century maps in the geography and map division of the library of congress by andrew m. The hike south on the pacific crest trail offers wonderful views of the western slope of donner pass and the surrounding peaks at sugar bowl ski area. Wagon highway railroad routes. The pass has been used by the california trail first transcontinental railroad overland route lincoln highway.
Its length is 1659 ft and greatest depth below the surface 124 ft measuring from grade. Historic donner pass trail is a 59 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near donner california that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. It was the central pacific railroad that completed the original line 1 track over the high sierras back. Our donner pass route high sierra crossing features over 90 miles of double track mainline over southern pacifics historic overland route between colfax ca in the west to truckee ca to the east.
Donner pass area information. The donner party or donnerreed party was a group of american pioneers that set out for california in a wagon train in may 1846. Set in the 50s during the height of the steam to diesel transition era. This the longest tunnel of the road is parallel to and about 400 ft.
Driving directions to donner memorial sp the park is 100 miles east of sacramento via interstate 80 and is within the town of truckee just west of downtown on the south side of the freeway.