69.3 miles: 1 hours, 7 minutes
From the Sierra Nevada foothills I-80 ascends to 7,239-foot Donner Pass. At this lofty vantage point the surrounding panorama of tree-cloaked mountain ridges is spectacular. Pull off the highway for a lovely view of Donner Lake, framed by tall conifers. Note: I-80 is open all year, but winter weather conditions often necessitate temporary closures.