Emigrant Trail

4.06 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 900 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
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About this trail
With its mellow rolling singletrack, the out-and-back ride on the Emigrant Trail is a good choice for novice and intermediate riders. Emigrant is also one of the first trails to shed the winter snow, so it also makes a good early season warm-up.The singletrack starts off paralleling the north side of Prosser Creek, but soon turns uphill to the left to cross a dirt road. Follow the singletrack all the way to Stampede Reservoir. Along the way you will cross a number of dirt roads, but the main crossings are marked and the way across the minor ones are pretty obvious. This is an out-and-back ride, all singletrack, mostly rolling hills, and not very technical.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (17)


June 23, 2017
Review: Good trail for beginners. Climbs are all pretty short. Nothing technical, but just enough rocks here and there so that it is still mountain biking. It drys out early season so it is one of the first trails that one can ride up in the Jeffrey pines each year. It is fun, but if you like carving turns, tech, or downhill then you will probably be a bit bored. There is a bit of trail across the road too...also you can access the mtb and moto trail called "Animal" across the street that has a nice, rowdier downhill. In general this is a fun one to ride a few times in early season to get back into shape.

Bunny Hop

July 6, 2015
asparks65 Bunny Hop  
Review: great trail with plenty of mileage if you do an out-and-back. Super nice single track with enough rocks and roots to keep you on your toes. Plenty of wildlife to view also. Reservoirs are pretty in June.

Granny Gear

July 28, 2014
Review: So most reviews rate this a beginner trail. Ang I agree it's not overly technical, but the climbs are constant, there are plenty of rocky sections, fitness is a must

Granny Gear

July 5, 2014
dirtgabe Granny Gear  
Review: Easy rolling singletrack, very smooth u can almost ride a cross bike. Road whole thing in middle chainring and recommend u bring lots of water because of the warm weather and altitude.


May 12, 2014
knanier Gramcounter  
Review: Good ride for the area. Some elevation gain, but doable for beginners.

Granny Gear

September 18, 2011
Review: Rode this trail yesterday. Started from the Prosser Creek Bridge. The trail was well marked and well maintained. Some good flowy sections of singletrack. Not super challenging, minimal climbing, but some good fast power sections.

Granny Gear

June 4, 2010
lucky34 Granny Gear  
Review: Most people start on 89 but if you start at the trail head off of Alder (the offical start of emigrant trail) you can add an extra rolling 7 miles. This a great section the runs along creek.

Similar Trail: Incline Flume off of mount rose hwy


April 25, 2010
Review: Good first Tahoe trail ride of the year. Typically melts off quicker than all the others. A couple rocky sections, not much. Some mellow climbing and a few downed trees. Someone stacked logs to make the downed trees ridable. Fun to power through after work.

Granny Gear

October 25, 2009
Review: I have a deep affection for the Emigrant Trail because it was here I developed a love for mountain biking (and later road biking as well). What can I say, this is a good and moderately challenging trail. Great uphill and downhill areas as well as open valley areas for blazing trails. Absolutely, stunning scenery and geography as well.

Similar Trail: Peavine trail in Reno, NV but keep in mind it's a usually really dry and there's not a lot of trees but a lot of sagebrush. It's also a bit more challenging because of all the uphill.

Granny Gear

August 13, 2008
dbalunis Granny Gear  
Review: This is a great trail for a family single-track introduction. We rode the trail while camping at Stampede Reservoir – a first time single-track experience for some of the family members - everyone enjoyed it. Nothing too technical, but sufficiently interesting to keep the more experienced family members entertained. I highly recommended to anyone in a like situation, or anyone looking for a scenic low-key but fun ride.

BTW, coming from the Stampede Reservoir side, the trailhead is on the right immediately past to the turnoff to the boat ramp.

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