California Arriving in Truckee, I step inside the lodge and then make my way to the mountaintop. From the 7,781-foot summit of Signal Hill, I look down on the icy, cobalt-blue waters of Donner Lake, where the Donner party suffered through the winter of 1846-47 on the pine-covered shore. To the south are the snow-covered mountains that border Lake Tahoe. --Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Lake-front homes are shrouded by the snow-covered pine trees after a fresh snowfall at Donner Lake.
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