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.

Length17.5 miElevation gain1,729 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingrunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Santiago Prieto
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Hiking

It was pretty icy

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Mike Tadlock
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Hiking

Nice. Well trodden. Classic Northern Sierra scenery.

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Taylor Butler
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Running

Good and groomed

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Nancy D'Amico
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Hiking
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Avery Johnson
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HikingGreat!

So fun and beautiful. Down hill and up hill for a perfect challenge. May be a little long for some kids but amazing for adults. Out and back. We saw a ton of mountain bikers so it would be an awesome mountain biking trail too! Overall a great trail!

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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.

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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!

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Clara Johnson
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HikingFlooded
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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.

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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.

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Brandelynn Kelly
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Mountain biking

long but it was a challenge and tbe scenery is beautiful

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ramon Pedroza
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Cool

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Houston Pafe
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Mountain biking
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George Carver
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Hiking
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Mark Mizicko
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David Brown
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Hiking
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Danielle Oryn
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Gregory Nerland
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Alison Crabbe
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Hiking
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Nicholas James
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Hiking
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J Raab
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Mountain biking
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J Raab
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J Raab
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Mountain biking
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J Raab
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Danny Madrid
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