Opened in 1845, the Dog Valley portion of the Emigrant Trail led California-bound pioneers from Reno to Truckee. It remained the main wagon route until 1925. In 1846 an estimated 500 wagons made it safely through this route. That figure, of course, does not include the Donner Party, which became mired in deep snow at Donner Lake. Only half their number survived to be rescued the following year. Remnants of the trail can be seen in this panorama. Another remnant of the trail survives in the Hidden Valley area south of Reno.

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