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Emigrant Trail is a 17.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Truckee, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 17.5 mi Elevation gain 1,729 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Recordings (122)
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Linda M.
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Mountain biking

Awesome trail with equal parts easier/harder, i.e. rocky and more technical. Beautiful day with perfect temps in the 70’s.

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Anita L.
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Mountain biking

Really nice singletrack for the entire route, nothing very technical. Partially shaded. Significant climbs and descents, but they were always short. Love the changing scenery. Enjoyed it and would do again! I’m an intermediate mountain biker with moderate fitness and the whole route took me about 3 hours.

T D
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Mountain bikingRocky

First time mountain bikers, took the kids (11 y.o.’s) and we made it to Stampede and back. Only took us 5.5 hours total. Some hairy rocky spots and some steep runs. It was really fun, and the trails were well maintained. No snow left, and the trails were dry. Other bikers were rude and would run you off the trail in a heartbeat. There were a few joggers, but the majority of the trail was visited by mountain bikers. We will definitely do this again!

Clara Johnson
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Kristina S
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Hiking

Great trail and beautiful views! Barely saw any snow off the trail. The trail was dry and and well kept. Seemed like it’s primarily used for mountain biking, but it was great for hiking as well.

michael simonds
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Mountain biking

4/19/20 - 99.5% of the snow is gone from the portion i did. Lots of pine needles would make trail slippery after after rain but still a great trail .

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Kat Morrill
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Kelsey Giardina
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Hiking

Well maintained trail, easy to follow. Slow but steady up/down hill with a lot of flatter bits, a few places were a little rocky but nothing too bad. Lots of mountain bikers and a few trail runners, no other hikers. Made it about 4 miles in before deciding to turn back. Meh scenery, not terrible but not breathtaking either. Seems great for mountain biking, but there are better trails around for hikers. Would maybe be a good trail for beginner hikers looking to break in their bodies/gear.

Brandelynn Kelly
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Mountain biking

long but it was a challenge and tbe scenery is beautiful

Austin Grossman
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Mountain biking

Nice trail, well maintained. Nothing technical and a good workout. It's easy to hit your speed comfort level on the downhills. No water spickets along the trail; I got water at the campground near the North trailhead.

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Allison McKeever
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Running

Rating Caveat: Off-leash dog hikers beware of this trail. This rating is about barbed wire that got my dog, just off the trail. The actual trail I would rate a 5 stars, but would caution people who are taking their dog off-leash. I took my pup for an off leash hike. It was our second time there. We parked off 89 just before the turn up Hobart Mills Road. We got about a mile on the trail (below Old Hwy 89). I let her off-leash once we were well enough away from the highway (about a mile up the trail). She ran along for a bit before heading down towards the wetlands just NW of the reservoir. She ran into barbed wire, giving her a laceration on the belly by her back left leg. She's in the ER now getting stitches. It looks like the wire is attached to a tree trunk on one side but loose on the other side. It seems to run for a short length just below the trail, but above the wetlands. Be careful out there. Folks without dogs, this is good, mild single track, but muddy right now, with a few snow patches.

Adam McMillen
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This is a really great trail. Super easy single track in the beautiful Truckee area. Easy access.

Sarah Pierce
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Walking

Great trail for dogs - some uphill elevation climbs but mostly flat. Beautiful alpine forest and meadows. Freeway noise drops off after the first mile when the trail changes direction.

Robert Paul
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Mountain biking

Exceptional Single track flow. Well kept, beautiful views and easy access. Small berms on many of the turns make for some fast sections. Easily doable if not preferable on Hardtail but having the full squish was nice on the way back.

Patty Chin
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Hiking

Hiked from the start on Alder Creek to Prosser Creek and back, 14.50 mile round-trip. Very beautiful along Alder Creek with lots of water. Crossed Prosser Creek on Hwy 89 because creek is very high. There are quite a few trees down at the start along Alder Creek. You can clamber over or go around.

Alan S.
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Hiking

Pretty dry but a nice hike. Saw several hundred sheep.

Ramon Pedroza
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Greg X
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Kris Buttenberg
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Stacey Legay
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Taylor Butler
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Andy M.
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Steve Hogan
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Taylor Butler
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alan sachs
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Hiking
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Zach Green
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Mountain biking
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Mary James
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Hiking
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Matt Sweeney
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Shaista Said
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Rob May
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