A white curtain of snow obscured my view of a sparse pine forest and the towering mountains bordering Donner Memorial State Park. The temperature on that January morning had dropped below 30, and the forecast called for one of the biggest snowfalls in decades. The prospects of nasty weather excited me. I strapped on my snowshoes in a snow-packed parking lot off Interstate 80, about 4 1/2 miles southwest of Truckee. I was prepared for anything. Blizzards. Avalanche. White-out conditions. Isn't that the kind of thing that forges character and marks great adventures? My destination was the Lost Trail Lodge, a hike-in lodge about four miles away, in a valley south of Donner Lake, bounded on three sides by Sierra Nevada peaks. -- Hugo Martín Read more: Lost Trail Lodge: the faint call of the wild Planning your trip: Lost Trail Lodge is a four-mile journey by snowshoes or cross-country skis from the Donner park gate near Donner Pass Road and Interstate 80. In the summer, guests can hike, mountain bike or take a four-wheel drive to the lodge. Address: 8600 Coldstream, Truckee, Calif.