On the way home from Lake Tahoe last summer, we stopped at Emigrant Gap. It was wildly beautiful, and one of the most dangerous places for early settlers to cross.
"The spring of 1845 saw the first covered wagons to surmount the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They left this valley ascended to the ridge and turned westward to Old Emigrant Gap. The Wagons were lowered by ropes to the floor of Bear Valley. Hundreds followed before, during and after the gold rush. This was a hazardous portion of the Overland Emigrant Trail."
Artwork copyright Linda McCoy 2014