Serene Lakes is commonly known as the “Sierra’s best kept secret,” because of its natural resources and unique extremely quiet location. The area consists of approximately 2,400 acres. There are approximately 1000 residential lots in the development. Most homes are 2nd homes although there is a community of year-round residents. Donner Summit may be a little short on man-made amenities but it more than makes up for it with its possibilities for the outdoor enthusiast. With Royal Gorge for the cross-country skier, Soda Springs for ski and sledding family fun, Donner Ski Ranch for an affordable and unique ski and snowboard experience (they were the first resort in California to allow snowboarding) and Sugarbowl Resort for world-class terrain, there is always something to do. There are also several public trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (bring your dog!), snow mobiling and anything else you might like to do in the snow. Judah Mountain and Castle Peak are only two of many popular areas for backcountry snow sports.