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By flytolive (5 McR Points) on Jun 18, 2014

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Written Directions

I-80 to Cisco Grove exit, about 50 miles East of Auburn. Get off, go across the overpass, and turn right on Old Hwy 40. 35 mph, please.Continue to Donner Lake. Make sure to stop at Rainbow Lodge, and Donner Lake vista point, just past historic Rainbow Bridge. Great twisties. Go back the same way, if you like, or continue onto another segment.


Follows the South Fork of the Yuba River. Awesome in Spring runoff. Great mountain views, especially from Donner Summit. Historical interest, railroad history, early settler route.

Drive Enjoyment

Beautifully maintained but please 35 mph. Enjoy the mountains and the nice turns along the path.

Tourism Opportunities

Rainbow Lodge, Soda Springs Store, about the only places to get food. Gas at Cisco, Kingvale, and Soda Springs.

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