Donner PassDon·ner Pass
mountain pass in E Calif., in the Sierra Nevada: c. 7,100 ft (2,164 m) high
Origin of Donner Passafter the ill-fated Donner party who wintered there 1846-47
A pass, 2,176 m (7,135 ft) high, in the Sierra Nevada of eastern California near Lake Tahoe. It is named after the Donner Party of westward migrants whose survivors resorted to cannibalism after being trapped in a snowstorm near here in October 1846.