Live Feed on the Roads & Temperatures of the Sierra Area

Unlike the Donner Party we have the internet and some pretty crazy technology to help us plan our travels.  Stay well informed on weather and conditions with this link that will show you a live stream of the 80, all around Lake Tahoe, and other routes near the Sierra Stake Out. Traffic, incidents, and even the temperature of the roads themselves are reported. Click HERE to stay in the know and nerd out. 

 

 

Our Favorite Routes | Getting to the Sierra Stake Out

As they say, getting there is half the fun. Click on the below and see exact mileage and "most fun and scenic" routes we've put together to get you to and from the Sierra Stake Out. Each route has a downloadable google map and highlights some incredible features you'll see on your ride. Start conversing with your friends and planning, these routes are sure to blow some minds and create some fun memories along the way - Sierra Stake Out

History of Donner Pass | Told By the Always Accurate Wikipedia

The Donner Party (sometimes called the Donner-Reed Party) was a group of American pioneers led by George Donner and James F. Reed who set out for California in a wagon train in May 1846. They were delayed by a series of mishaps and mistakes, and spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the pioneers resorted to cannibalism to survive.

The journey west usually took between four and six months, but the Donner Party was slowed by following a new route called Hastings Cutoff, which crossed Utah's Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake Desert. The rugged terrain and difficulties encountered while traveling along the Humboldt River in present-day Nevada resulted in the loss of many cattle and wagons and splits within the group.

By the beginning of November 1846, the settlers had reached the Sierra Nevada where they became trapped by an early, heavy snowfall near Truckee (now Donner) Lake, high in the mountains. Their food supplies ran extremely low and, in mid-December, some of the group set out on foot to obtain help. Rescuers from California attempted to reach the settlers, but the first relief party did not arrive until the middle of February 1847, almost four months after the wagon train became trapped. Of the 87 members of the party, 48 survived to reach California, many of them having eaten the dead for survival.

Historians have described the episode as one of the most bizarre and spectacular tragedies in Californian history and western-US migration