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Emigrant Trail

 24 votes

15.0 Miles 24.2 Kilometers



884' 269 m


-1,137' -346 m


6,229' 1,898 m


5,765' 1,757 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

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86 days agoUpdate

A great 100% singletrack out and back that is a good choice for novice and intermediate riders.

Dan Oakland


Emigrant can be one of the first trails to shed the winter snow, so it makes a good early season warm-up. It's also a great longer ride that beginners and intermediates can tackle.


There are several options to start this ride, many folks will start at the Donner Party Picnic Area (insert joke here) off the 89 just north of Truckee. Options exist to start off Alder Creek Rd or where the trail crosses Shussing Way for some fun technical challenges (bridge crossings) before crossing Alder Creek then the 89 to get to the Donner Area parking lot.

From here the singletrack starts off paralleling the north side of Prosser Creek and heads back towards the 89. Late in the season you may be able to cross Prosser Creek, but it's best to ride to the 89 and over a short bridge. Then you'll parallel the south 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, 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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Oct 20, 2017
A Mac
surprisingly fun
Oct 7, 2017
Sara Heuston
Sep 30, 2017
Adam Chavez
Sep 24, 2017
Dave W
Great trail! 12.2mi — 2h 40m
Sep 22, 2017
kevin daniels
Sep 17, 2017
Andy DeFazio
Started at donner picnic area 24.3mi
Sep 17, 2017
Ron P
wife crash 6mi
Sep 9, 2017
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I found this ride to be a little rocky and bumpy in spots and it is much nicer on a full suspension bike. When I rode it with a hardtail, my friends with full suspension were far ahead of me and I took a bit of a beating trying to keep up. Apr 20, 2016
Will Urich
Hillsborough, Ca
Will Urich   Hillsborough, Ca
When was the last time anyone rode this? It's 5/15/17 as I write this, is it do-able with the snowpack currently? We've got 7 inches coming int tomorrow night higher up. May 15, 2017
Ben M
Los Angels
Ben M   Los Angels
What a great trail. Couple of punchy climbs and some chunder in spots. You'll either need some skill or some confidence - but never both. Saw a couple of enduro rigs in the parking lot but those guys are way over-biked. It's the kind of ride that makes you feel like you've earned a beer and a hambrger after - not the kind where you wonder how you made it out alive. Jul 14, 2017

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