Emigrant Pass

Markleeville, California

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In 1848, following the Mexican-American War and two years after the Donner Party tragedy, a group of Mormons discovered an alternative to the notorious Truckee River Route for their return trip to Utah (they had arrived in San Diego by a more southerly route). Their discovery would quickly become the most popular Gold Rush trail over the Sierra into California, transporting 120,000 souls between 1849 and 1852. A second flurry of travel would occur in 1859, when silver was discovered in Virginia City.

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"In 1848, following the Mexican-American War and two years after the Donner Party tragedy, a group of Mormons discovered an alternative to the notorious Truckee River Route for their return trip to Utah (they had arrived in San Diego by a more southerly route).

Their discovery would quickly become the most popular Gold Rush trail over the Sierra into California, transporting 120,000 souls between 1849 and 1852. A second flurry of travel would occur in 1859, when silver was discovered in Virginia City."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Markleeville
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,175 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 5.5 hours
Season: Best mid-July to mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest at 209-295-4251, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Caples Lake

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Jun 2018