Located adjacent to Donner Summit Rest Area on the south side of the eastbound lanes, this little gem offers a relaxing break. Get the kids out of the car and let them run off some energy. Interpretive signs are being enhanced at the time of this writing. The new signs will make the trail a delightful, educational romp. Picnic tables are provided at the Rest Area.
Topographic map: Norden. Although this trail can be accessed from the eastbound I-80 Rest Area, longer, unattended parking is not permitted in the Rest Area. In order to enjoy the interpretive trail in its own right, the trail can also be accessed by the Donner Summit Trailhead. From the trailhead, follow signs east towards the Pacific Crest Trail (5-minute walk). The Interpretive Trail intersection is signed and can be done in a loop in either direction.
Nice stroll and nice place to take kids, just to short to be thought of as a "hike."