One of the most unique hiking experiences in the Golden State is also perhaps the creepiest hike in Northern California. Located in the Sierra Nevada near Norden, the trail leads hikers through long-abandoned railroad tunnels known as the Donner Pass Summit Tunnels. The tunnels were used by trains for well over a century until the line was rerouted. Walking through the tunnels today provides an eerie experience and a memorable adventure – plus, the mountain views are breathtaking! If you have yet to explore these abandoned tunnels, be sure to consider the Donner Tunnels hike for your next adventure.

History and scenic beauty combine at this creepy hiking trail in the Sierras.

Have you done the Donner Pass Railroad Tunnel Hike? If so, what do you think? Were you creeped out? If so, or even if not, we’d love to read about your experiences in the comments section.

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Where can we find other abandoned places in Northern California?

There are lots of intriguing abandoned places in Northern California, and each one offers a distinctive look into the state’s history. Check out a few of these on your next long-forgotten place adventures:


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There are so many wonderful waterfalls in Northern California...some more known than others. If you’re looking for something more off-the-beaten-path, be sure to check out these stunning hidden waterfalls:

  • Burney Falls at McArthur-Burney Fall Memorial State Park
  • Faery Falls at the Spenceville Wildlife Refuge
  • Potem Falls in the town of Potem Falls
  • Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir


What are some of the best campgrounds in Northern California?

There is a wealth of campgrounds in Northern California that offer something for everyone. Whether you are a tent camper, have your own RV, prefer to stay in a cabin, or other lodging options, these campgrounds are among some of the best to consider:

  • Wylder Hotel Hope Valley in Hope Valley
  • AutoCamp Russian River in Guerneville
  • Mendocino Magic in Laytonville


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