Emigrant - TRAIL

Emigrant - Trail, Truckee, California

Singletrack. Good climbing, downhill breaks, forest, stream crossings and nice views. Starts at Hobart Mills and ends at Stampede Res.

User Reviews (21)

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Tahoe-rider   Downhiller [May 11, 2014]

good trail only for folks who just want to get in the saddle and cover some ground. as boring as watching paint dry. mostly flat and extremely non-technical. if your mom comes to town and wants to ride take her here. i'd rather go for a hike.

Similar Products Used: anything else.
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RATING
2
VALUE
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3
Lardog   Cross Country Rider [Sep 16, 2013]

2.5 - 3 hr out and back. Flowy and fun. Climbs are short and not too intense. Suitable for novice riders that have a bit of endurance. Trail is well maintained and smooth, no steps or rock gardens like some of the others I tried in the area (Hole in Ground, Tahoe Rim Trail).

Similar Products Used: Hole in the Ground, Flume (TRT)
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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
6Falcon5   Weekend Warrior [Sep 07, 2012]

OK, nobody has posted a review on this trail in about 7 years, so thought I'd put out an update. Bottom line is that this trail is still here and still fun for pretty much anyone who has previous cycling experience (I mean real, multi-hour cycling, not riding a flat bike path for 5 miles). It's at high elevation, like the rest of the Tahoe area, so you should be in good shape if you want to complete it. But - since it's an out & back, you can turn around at any point. We did the full out and back to the lake in about 2.75 hours, but that included stops totalling maybe 30-40 minutes. We had a group of 5, 2 of whom were new to mountain biking, but were experienced road cyclists with strong legs & lungs. Nothing on this trail they couldn't handle, but some sections (uphill w/rocks) did challenge them a bit. For the more experienced, just keep increasing your speed until it's fun - especially on the way back, which seems like it has more downhill than on the way out. Our group had a mixture of hard tail/full-suspension/26er/29er - all worked great on this trail. It's also good for the directionally challenged, as it's pretty much impossible to get lost on this one.

Customer Service

Park in the dirt lot past the bridge. Take the trail heading east.

Similar Products Used: All of them
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
phil   Cross Country Rider [Sep 19, 2007]

This trail, as mentioned above, is a rolling xc singletrack. This is a great early season trail while there is still snow in the high country. Since there is easy access off of hwy 89, this gets a lot of use. There are very few technical sections and a large variance of rider ability on this trail. This equates to skiddy corners and lots of moon dust late in the season.

To make this a better less traveled ride, start at Donner Camp. This gives you the option of adding a few extra miles and the ability to ride up and into Tahoe Donner (west) that has some fun, more technical singletrack. Or, once reaching Stampede, continue towards the dam on singletrack.

Customer Service

See above.

Similar Products Used: Loyds/Boca Hill/Prosser, Emmigrant Trail into and around Tahoe Donner, Donner Rim Trail, Sawtooth Trail
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RATING
3
VALUE
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2
dhouston   Cross Country Rider [Aug 16, 2007]

Road this trail on the afternoon of a morning with more than my fill of "Hole in the Ground." After knocking that trail out in early morn, had a couple of beers with my riding partner and allowed our bravado to get the best of us. Off we went not two hours later to Emmigrant. Had our legs been fresh we would have found this trail very managable and for all intents and purposes it is an exceptional trail for all levels. Beginners will find some challenge in the gentle gradients, intermeidate riders can test themselves and advanced riders should be able to crush this bad boy in sub-2 hours. I road this last July and intend to ride again very soon. I am almost exlcusively a SSer and beleive that this trail will be ideal for us one gear guys.

Customer Service

Out and back.

Similar Products Used: Flume, Hole in the Ground, Mr. Toads.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Fattony   Downhiller [Sep 05, 2005]

I was happy with this trail it was a good all around trail it kept my heart rate up and my lungs working hard. There are a few spots that were a little sketchy for my likings (the bassackwards switch backs) but the trail was great the whole way up and down. towards the end the hills get to be a little steeper, but if you ride up that means you get to ride down. I think this is a great trail for new comers to the sport, it has every thing you need to learn to get good at navigating a trail.

Customer Service

the only thing I would say is take the low trail through the water instead of going over the bridge ya it takes of a little milage but no one likes having to deal with traffic flying past you at 60 miles an hour.

Similar Products Used: this is the first one i have ridden in this area but if you make it to Reno go to Keystone Canyon its a blast there. or if you like steep angle try Jones creek.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
dustdemonx   Downhiller [Aug 22, 2005]

Excellent cross-country roller coaster ride. I rode it Saturday, August 20, 2005. Trail was in good condition with no ruts or soft-spots. Two of the bigger, faster switchbacks are sloped in the wrong direction :( But other than that, no complaints. This trail is best ridden on a hardtail or light-XC bike as it is mostly smooth. There are maybe two short rocky sections and three or four dry creek crossings. I must recommend disc brakes as you can travel at very high speeds for most of this ride. You don't need to hit them often, but when you do it is critical. There are a number of small, optional bump type jumps and 1' booster rocks. I encountered numerous male and female bikers as well as three joggers and two horsy riders. This trail is very popular, especially among beginners.

Customer Service

Using the most excellent trail directions found at: http://www.mtbwest.com/emigrant-02.html I rode "backwards" from the Prosser Lake group campground and effectively started at Mile 10.48. From there I rode to the trailhead and back. The direction indicated by the mileage is the direction that is more fun. I crossed the creek that they recommend riding out to HWY 89 to avoid. This was a fun, technical challenge because it is late in the season and the water level is just low enough. Riding out and back tested my physical limits. I drank two litres of water and wished I'd brought more.

Similar Products Used: I've heard hole in the ground is excellent but very difficult to navigate. Of course Northstar is nearby. 4x4 on Dog Valley Rd. back to Boomtown was ok.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
MarcHach   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2005]

I've ridden all over CA, and I think this is the best in the state! Such fun, fast, great scenary, well maintained, lack of hikers. It's got everything.

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5
VALUE
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3
MarcHach   Cross Country Rider [Jun 21, 2004]

For pure, fast fun, I don't think there is anything better.

Customer Service

Only one route

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
jbowland   Cross Country Rider [May 06, 2004]

Nice easy trail good for beginer rider, but still fun for anyone. I would call it buff single track, goes through pine trees and sage brush over rolling hills, no climb is longer than a minute or so. From donner park it was 22 miles in 2h 15 min.

Customer Service

Start at Donner park or earlier, for more miles, easy to follow, easy to find off of hwy 89.

Similar Products Used: Hole in the ground after the snow melts, N. Star, Flume, other rim trail rides.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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2
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