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Unread 08-17-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Truckee train tunnels, very cool

Hey this may not be real tuff jeeping but it was very cool. I was in Lake Tahoe weekend before last after the Rubicon, and I have a buddy who has a home in Homewood. If asked me if I want to do the train tunnels, I said do what and he said the train tunnels. As it turns out for those who have driven up to Tahoe and as you are comming down the highway into Truckee if you look to your right you can see the old train tunnels that run along the mountain. I have seen them for years and always thought hey those are kind of cool. As it turns out, the railroad does not use tham anymore and the tracks have been removed and you can drive through them.

They go on for several miles and you turn around any time and just go back or there are some trails that shoot off from them. I am not sure where all of the trails go but if you have your jeep or even a two wheel drive p/u with some time to kill it is very well worth the time. Just take the road along side Donner Lake and when the road goes left stay to the right and it will go up to the summit. Once you get to the summit go a bit past it and you will see the chair lift for Donner Ski Area. Once you have the lift on your right turn left into whatt looks like a parking lot and you will see the tunnels to you left. Go check them out.

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Unread 08-17-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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That would be a fun little day trip.
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Sounds pretty cool. Any mappings on that point.
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I was just there last weekend. Sean and I were up there at the summit camping. I drove through those tunnels in my moms highlander at night. Super sketch! Haha

If we go out there I know a place we can go.
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Sounds pretty cool. Any mappings on that point.
Wel if you take Donner Pass Rd "east" from Truckee until you cross Sugar Bowl Rd on you left and you will see Ski Rnch Lane on your left just past that about 100 yards +/- you will see a building on your left and turn into the parking lot and look left. I found this on mapquest but could not find a way to copy the map over.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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Here are a few points of the tunnels
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Why does everything have to be 400 miles away!!!



I'm wondering if that section could be part of the original grade that was constucted by hand back in the 1800s? It looks like the current line cuts straight through the mountain to bypass this section.



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I'm wondering if that section could be part of the original grade that was constucted by hand back in the 1800s? It looks like the current line cuts straight through the mountain to bypass this section.



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from the looks of the tunnels.. im gonna assume its the original. There are some parts where there is not structural support, just a cut through the granite. Little eery but pretty cool!
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Instead of explaining we should make time so you can show us.
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I'm wondering if that section could be part of the original grade that was constucted by hand back in the 1800s? It looks like the current line cuts straight through the mountain to bypass this section.



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I think you should move up to Roseville. Then you'd be close to your daughter and all these great trails.
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my pals just rode the tunnels on bikes last weekend...
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Well, since I ca'nt seem to get NorCal guys to come down here...

ya never know though... could happen some day if I become a grand daddy!
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We headed up to Sugar Bowl to do the tunnel today and there is a giant gate preventing any vehicles from entering--"Union Pacific--Private Property."

We were very bummed, the pictures we had seen of the trail looked awesome. We hiked a couple tunnels and would have been great to bring our Jeep through.

Does anyone know if the East end is gated also? Will Union Pacific let people through for any special events?
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My buddy who has a home up there said there is another way in from the other side since they put up the gate, but I am not sure how you get there. I know they come out near the local dumps but that's all I know.
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