As a kid, we would travel along I-80 through the Sierra and I was always fascinated by the miles of man-made tunnels that hung on the side of the mountain on the other side of Donner Lake. Back in those days, the tunnels were still being used by trains getting over the Sierra. Today, the tracks have been removed and the trains have been re-routed.
It amazes me on how many people never noticed them, even after traversing that stretch of freeway a zillion times! How can you NOT notice these engineering marvels? If you want to know the history of these sheds is fascinating, even if you aren’t a trail buff.
October of last year, we had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the sheds with a knowledgeable train historian. That was very interesting. However what I DIDN’T expect to see in these tunnels was the unbelievable art! It’s not your run-of-the-mill graffiti art. These are masterpieces in my book! Its dark in these tunnels, so these artists burned up a lot of flashlight battery to get these babies done!
PS, if you are traversing the PCT, you can take a short side tour of the tunnels. It’s right off of the trail. It’s worth it, and very cool temps in the summer months.
Take a walk with me into the the tunnel of Art.
Here is the link to the history of the tunnels.