Commemorative Overland Emigrant Trail
ElevationAscent: 829' 253 m
Descent: -1,073' -327 m
High: 6,227' 1,898 m
Low: 5,779' 1,761 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A great 100% singletrack out and back that is a good choice for novice and intermediate riders.”— Dan Oakland
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Often described as "easy," that's probably because -- unlike most Truckee and Tahoe area trails -- no matter where you jump into it, Emigrant doesn't start with an hour of climbing right out of the car. But riders of all abilities can be found here because there's really something for everyone: lots of smooth rolling singletrack, short but punchy climbs, swoopy turns and drops to practice not braking, log ride-overs and rails here and there, as much distance as you can handle, lovely meadows, forest, and a lake at the far end. Choose one of many parking areas and ride the segment(s) that match your available time and energy.
From Donner Camp, the singletrack heads generally north, paralleling the highway on a fun, sinuous line. Late in the season, you may be able to cross Prosser Creek at the Prosser Creek Ford , but it's best to ride to the 89 and over a short road bridge. Then you'll head southeast, parallel the north side of the creek, and soon turn uphill to cross a dirt road. Follow the singletrack all the way to Stampede Reservoir. Along the way you'll cross a number of dirt roads and the occasional small paved one, but the main crossings are marked and the way across the minor ones are pretty obvious.
This is typically an out-and-back ride, all singletrack, with great meadow and long distance views. Although there are no prolonged climbs, there are no prolonged descents. You'll feel a great burn regardless of your ability, which should dictate your turn-around point.
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