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The Emma Lake Trail is situated north from Bridgeport. The trail is very scenic and provides access for picnicking and fishing.

Head out through a heavily forested area on a gradual incline. As the trees thin in to open sage meadows check back over your shoulder for excellent views of the Sweetwater Range. You'll slip back into a stand of Lodge Pole pines and work your way up through a few turns and back into some more meadow. The trail then climbs steeply for the last quarter mile to the lake. The trail through here is a loose gravely material. Watch your footing and take your time, the lake isn't going anywhere.

Keep a watch for stinging nettle which lines the last section of trail and cause a sever itch. If you do wander into some try not to scratch the affected area. The stinging will subside in a few minutes if left alone, but if bothered can remain for several hours. Wildflowers and songbirds reside along the whole length of the trail and vary with the season. Pop out on a hump and gander out at Emma Lake, a small lake surrounded on three sides by steep, gray, talus slopes. The southeast corner near the outlet and the north end of the lake offer lots of shade for a picnic.

Directions: From Bridgeport, Take U.S. Highway 395 sixteen miles north. Turn left onto FR 066, the road is marked with a road sign and a large USFS campground sign. Follow this dirt road all the way to the end, ten miles. Stock users may wish to park at the Burt Canyon trailhead to increase ride length and avoid the bumpiest section of road. A normal passenger car can make it to the trailhead just take your time.

Elevation: 8,700 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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