Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes

Welcome to Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes

To the west of Truckee, three idyllic locales, Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes, offer unparalleled beauty and convenience. As the closest Tahoe area neighborhoods to the Bay Area via Interstate 80, these neighborhoods offer serenity, convenient access, and proximity to the stunning summit trails; these neighborhoods remain one of the area's best-kept secrets.
 
Discover the captivating beauty of Donner Lake, framed by the majestic Sierra Crest and Donner Peak. This idyllic locale boasts a blend of homes that range from charming lake-side cabins to “mountain modern” legacy homes. The lake is dotted with private and public docks, and some neighborhoods relish in the privilege of a private beach and boat launch. Just minutes away from Downtown Truckee and the summit ski resorts of Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge, Donner Lake is often celebrated as the "Jewel of the Sierra."
 
As one of California's oldest ski resorts, Sugar Bowl boasts a rich and storied history entwined with Austrian ski culture, the glamour of Hollywood, and even Walt Disney himself. This iconic destination played a pivotal role in introducing skiing to the "sunny California" landscape, housing the state's inaugural chairlift and the West's very first ski gondola. Today, Sugar Bowl remains a magnetic pull for intrepid winter sports enthusiasts, lured by the authentic, community-centric experience that only this exceptional resort can provide.
 
In this unique pedestrian Village, every detail is meticulously planned to preserve an unspoiled sense of place. At Sugar Bowl, indulge in all four seasons, each offering its distinct charm and a multitude of exhilarating activities.
 
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Donner Summit area provides an ideal retreat with easy access to Castle Peak and Judah Mountain. And some of the best rock climbing and hiking in the Sierra as part of the Pacific Crest trail winds its way across the area. Nearby ski resorts like Boreal, Royal Gorge, Donner Ski Ranch, and Sugarbowl cater to winter sports enthusiasts.
 
Tucked away like a hidden gem, Serene Lakes sits adjacent to the famed Royal Gorge Cross country ski area; Royal Gorge is known for its sweeping views of the Northern Sierra and eight distinct trail systems, is the most expansive Nordic ski area in North America featuring 92 trails with 10.3 of groomed for outdoor recreation spread across 6,000 acres. The area’s picturesque charm, perfect for canoeing and fishing, offers tranquility off the beaten path. Whether you seek serenity, convenient access, or access to the stunning summit trails, this neighborhood remains one of the area's best-kept secrets. Discover your retreat in the midst of nature's beauty.

Overview for Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes, CA

661 people live in Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes, where the median age is 50 and the average individual income is $85,639. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

661

Total Population

50 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$85,639

Average individual Income

Around Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes, CA

There's plenty to do around Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

3
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
59
Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Seasoned Sage Chef Services, Forklore Foods, and Mix’d Menu.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.69 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.69 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.84 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.35 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.31 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.21 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes, CA

Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes has 302 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 661 people call Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Serene Lakes home. The population density is 2,666.241 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

661

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

50

Median Age

53.1 / 46.9%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
302

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$85,639

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes
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