The best views are of the Sierra crest peaks around the Sonora Pass Area.
From the south: From Bridgeport go north on Hwy. 395 16.5 miles and turn left onto forest road 066.
Go south on this unpaved road (passable to all cars) 3.4 miles to Obsidian Flat at 7,600'.
From Stockade Flat: Drive across the bridge over the Walker River from Obsidian Flat and take a few switchbacks (2 wheel drive high clearance} 2.2 miles up the northeast slope of Mt. Emma to Stockade Flat at 8,400'. Park where the road peters out and scramble up the northeast slope to the summit.
From the Emma Lake Trail: If you can't make the drive up to Stockade Flat start at Obsidian Flat on the Emma Lake Trail (2.5 miles up to the lake at 9,300') and hike up 1 mile where it crosses Stockade Flat and scramble the northeast slope. The chute from Emma Lake to the saddle below the southwest slope at 10,000' looks to be class 2. The northwest slope from Emma Lake looks to be steeper than the other approaches and possibly less stable.
There is also the Sonora Bridge Campground 2 miles west of Hwy. 395 on Hwy. 108 on the south side of the Hwy.
EtymologyEmma, Mount (10,525); Emma Lake Fales Hot Springs 15'
Probably named for Emma Mack whos parents lived at Hardy Station at the junction of US 395 and State Route 108. This was the presumption of Sen. Maurice Mack of Nevada, her brother. (Maule. See also Anna Lake.)(TNF)-- Place Names of the Sierra Nevada by Peter Browning, Wilderness Press