The Glacier Meadow Loop Trail is an easy 0.5 mile loop at an elevation of 7,200 feet. This trail is very short, self-guided nature trail and begins and ends at the eastbound I-80 rest stop at Donner Summit. It can be reached either from the Pacific Crest Access Trail (15E18) or from the rest stop.
Glacier Meadow Loop Trail (15E32) offers a relaxing and informative half hour stroll. Interpretive signs along the trail explain how glacial action carved and polished the surface landscape.
Directions from Truckee: Travel west on Hwy. #80 for approximately 8 miles. Take the Castle Peak Area/Boreal Ridge Road exit, which is immediately west of the highway's Donner Summit Roadside Rest Area. On the south side of the highway there is a sign reading: Tahoe National Forest Trailhead Donner Summit Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the directions on the sign turning east for 0.4 miles to the trailhead. This trailhead provides access to the trail.
June through October
(NOTE: may be accessible year round.)