South from Stockade Flat below Mt. Emma. Hanging Valley Ridge and Walker Mtn. back center
When driving down the east side of the Sierra on Highway 108 from Sonora Pass a curious smooth rounded subrange with black and white tones catches the eye above Leavitt Meadows off to the right. Mt. Emma is the only named peak in the group (although not the high point) on the east side above the Walker River. Emma Lake below the northwest slope offers a nice hiking/fishing destination. The peak's northeast slope is a fairly stable class 2 scramble that can be done in a few hours from Stockade Flat.
The best views are of the Sierra crest peaks around the Sonora Pass Area
Northwest from Mt. Emma with Emma Lake belowFrom the north
: At the junction Of Hwy. 108 and Hwy. 395 go south three quarters mile and turn sharp right on forest road 066.
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.
Mt. Emma west
This day hike is in the Toiyabe National Forest and no permits are required.
White Mountain from Mt. Emma northeast slope Dunderberg Peak from Mt. Emma northeast slope
There is the Obsidian Campground
at Obsidian Flat.
There is also the Sonora Bridge Campground
2 miles west of Hwy. 395 on Hwy. 108 on the south side of the Hwy.
(10,525); Emma Lake Fales Hot Springs
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