Donner Train Tunnel Petroglyphs

While walking up to the Donner Train Tunnels from where we parked we were perplexed as to why there were perfectly manicured rock trails seemingly where there should not be any. We started poking around and realized we had walked right past some pretty epic petroglyphs. I say pretty epic because there aren’t a whole lot of them around this area. Apparently the area was knows as a region where various groups of American Indian groups would gather and trade. The petroglyphs were thought to have noted the meeting spots with meaningful images.

Donner Train Tunnels

The Donner Train tunnels are a fun day trip from Sacramento. Located near Donner Ski Ranch one can hike through one tunnel or all of the tunnels for about an eight to nine mile trek if you go the distance. It gets pretty damp, dark and cold so be prepared. Last year we went and everything was covered in snow and ice with monstrous ice cycles. This year we managed to visit right before Halloween and before the first real snow of the season. Lots of art can be seen although none too noteworthy. I found the patterns of the ceilings to be interesting and the tunnel lighting to be fun. This was a great socially distant COVID day trip/hike.

Wide Open Walls 916 – Eye of the Tiger

My friends, here is an example of when you just cannot get the photo you want. Short of the Incredible Hulk coming over and removing this car it’s the best I could do. Hopefully you can appreciate that the car at least gives you an idea to scale. 😉

I LOVE this mural. It is stunning. I would love to park here every day for work. What an amazing way to freshen up what was likely a boring and blank wall previously. The artist did a wonderful job capturing emotion from this Tiger. Wide Open Walls 916 you continue to amaze me!

For other murals from the festival please click here and let me know your favorites!