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Emigrant

Average Rating:    (4.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Singletrack. Good climbing, downhill breaks, forest, stream crossings and nice views. Starts at Hobart Mills and ends at Stampede Res.
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Latitude
39.44679856427205
Longitude
-120.21514892578125
Trail Directions
From Truckee, take Hwy 89 North toward Sierraville about 3 miles to Hobart Mills turn off. Park on the dirt just past the bridge. The trail is marked by a sign/map.
Trail Length
20 Miles Up & Back
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Truckee
   


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Review Date
September 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Lardog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hole in the Ground, Flume (TRT)



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Review Date
September 7, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 6Falcon5 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of them



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Review Date
September 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fattony ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
August 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dustdemonx ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
June 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MarcHach ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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