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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.

Distance: 17.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,729 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

mountain biking
7 months ago

long but it was a challenge and tbe scenery is beautiful

mountain biking
8 months ago

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.

running
11 months ago

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.

Sun Nov 11 2018

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

walking
Tue Oct 09 2018

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.

mountain biking
Sat May 12 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Jun 08 2017

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.

hiking
Sun Sep 04 2016

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

Sun Jun 05 2016

Cool

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