Lake Angela, Flora Lake and Azalea Lake

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Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 2.8 miles round trip
7050 feet
+250, -250 round trip
Navigation Map
Time Several hours
Season Late December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Use Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Norden
Start Donner Ski Ranch, 3.7 miles east of Interstate 80 on Donner Pass Road.

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Your view looking south from the Sno-Park at Donner Summit on Highway 80 is dominated by Boreal Ridge and you have no inkling that there is a series of three lakes, Azalea, Flora and Angela, that are easily accessible by relatively level routes. This tour describes the easiest access to the lakes, while the Lakes Crossing tour describes a more interesting route that includes more challenging navigation.

Image at Flora Lake looking at low rise that overlooks Donner Lake.
Skiing across Flora Lake to low rise that overlooks Donner Lake

Regardless of the route you choose, you are treated to the "cozy" beauty of the area; both Azalea and Flora lakes are located in extremely beautiful settings that include granite walls and steep slopes. The top of the small rise to the east of Flora Lake affords a wonderful view of Donner Lake, the interstate and the transcontinental railroad — a great place for lunch if the sounds of the cars and trucks on the interstate do not bother you. If they do, eat at one of the lakes.

Image of ice formation on granite wall.
Ice formation on granite wall

Lake Angela is much larger and located in a barren setting that is marred only by the power lines that pass nearby. However, from this lake you have views south of Donner Peak, the ridge of which Mount Judah is a part, Mount Lincoln, and much more.

Exercise caution before skiing across the lakes described in this tour.

Mileage Log   Link to more information about mileage log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 0.4
Elevation change: +150 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski east and parallel to Donner Pass Road for a short distance until you pass under the power lines, and then ski north for 0.4 mile until you reach the dam at the south end of Angela Lake (2).

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.4 - 1.1
Elevation change: +50, -50 feet

Ski north along Angela Lake and then pick the best route north around little obstacles for a total of 0.7 mile until you reach Flora Lake (3). Don't forget to visit the top of the rise to the east!

Image of beautiful terrain in this area.
The terrain through this area can be amazingly beautiful when the light is just right

Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 1.1 - 1.4
Elevation change: Nil feet

Ski northwest for 0.3 mile until you reach Azalea Lake (4).

Return to trailhead
Miles: 1.4 - 2.8
Elevation change: +50, -200 feet

Retrace the route for 1.4 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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