Lost? You’re not the only one!
Lost Trail Lodge. 8600 Coldstream Rd, Mile marker 3.9 Coldstream Road, Truckee, California, 96161
GPS: Latitude N 39 ° 17′ 16.5″ / Longitude W 120 ° 16′ 25.2″
The trail through Coldstream Canyon is not well marked. While we offer a map that gives a general idea of the canyon’s layout, it’s not a professional map. For an accurate representation of the roads in the canyon, and the lodge’s location, we recommend referring to these sources:
USGS 7.5min Norden Quadrangle– this is the best option, as it also shows the topography of the canyon.
DO NOT ASK SIRI FOR DIRECTIONS OR USE APPLE MAPS. YOU WILL GET LOST!
Note that while there are Innkeepers on site to maintain the lodge and keep the lights on, they are not available to help you find your way in. If you’re not confident following a topographical map, consider hiring a guide to help you find your way.
Directions From San Francisco
Traveling east on I-80, take Exit # 184 Donner Pass Road in Truckee, Ca. Proceed south through the stop sign and pass the Chevron and 76 service stations and the Truckee Donner Inn to enter Coldstream Canyon through Donner State Park. We are 3.9 miles down the canyon trail.
Directions From Reno
Traveling west on I-80, take Exit #184 Donner Pass Road in Truckee, Ca. Proceed south through the stop sign and pass the Chevron and 76 service stations and the Truckee Donner Inn to enter Coldstream Canyon through Donner State Park. We are 3.9 miles down the canyon trail.
Summer allows the luxury of driving into the canyon. 2wd vehicles park at our summer parking area ¼ mile from the lodge. 4wd vehicles with adequate clearance can drive to the lodge once the runoff has subsided, typically by late June to mid-July. The 3.9 miles from the winter trailhead to the lodge follows a rough dirt road. Expect potholes, rocks, and washed out areas, even to the summer parking area.
*If the access gate is locked, please access the canyon through Donner State Park, just west of Coldstream Canyon Rd on Donner Pass.
Winter: In the winter months, our parking area is ½ mile beyond the Truckee Donner Inn; 3.9 miles from the front door! Guests ski or snowshoe the 3.9 miles through Coldstream Canyon. NO DRIVING TO THE LODGE IN THE WINTER MONTHS! Do not come in after dark. You’ll get lost.
***The map provided is not to scale, but is offered to give a general idea of the canyon’s layout. Please refer to the USGS 7 ½ Minute Norden Quadrangle map for an accurate access description. ***