The Emigrant Wilderness is over 100,000 acres with over 80 lakes within a granite basin filled with granitic domes, ridges, and small hills. Explore beautiful meadows, multiple creeks, and about 10 lakes along a 27 mile lollipop trail over 3 days.Requiremen There are lots of incredible spots to stop and camp along the way. Posted On November 22, 2020 November 22, 2020 By Meesh. Getting the permit was very easy. Or continue hiking all the way to the High Sierra Wonderland of Granite Overlook. It was so helpful... and accurate. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! emigrant wilderness last weekend. We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. It is located 21 miles east of Arnol... Start by picking up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest - (209) 965-3434. Sure, some of those other lakes require a lot of up-and-down and round-about hiking, but Buck Lakes will provide enough great fishing to keep you busy for a long weekend in the back country. I also planned to do some off-trail exploration in the high country. Gem Lake sparkling May 2014. From there, I had another 15 minutes to the Crabtree Trailhead. Fish for hard fighting rainbows away from the crowds. Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . This trail goes by Camp Lake and Crabtree Camp. It's just as far as Yosemite minus the ridiculous crowds. We arrived at the trailhead around noon on a Monday. Water was plentiful. ( Log Out /  You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to pick yours up. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. ... Made camp at Gem Lake with few mosquitoes to be seen...but starting around 8PM was when they came out with a vengeance. I've been here twice and have couldn't have been happier with my experiences. 9. An … The Blackbird Trail can be used as part of a long loop from Kennedy Meadows coming one direction on the Huckleberry Trail and returning via Brown Bear Pass or the Kennedy Lake Trail. Unnamed Lake Near Piute Meadow which is marked on the map. Watch Queue Queue Climb Cracks at the Gianelli Edges. See more ideas about wilderness, emigration, california camping. DIFFICULT 25.4 mi. Lodgepole Group Campground is located just two miles west of Lake Alpine in northern California. We will meet up with the Packer and then encounter our dropped gear. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. From the next junction, continue right for 2.7 miles toward Groundhog meadow. Weather. Big Meadow Campground lies at about 6,400 feet elevation on the Stanislaus National Forest. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September. Gem Lake Loop, Emigrant Wilderness. Emigrant Wilderness Sierra Nevada Wonderland of Granite Rocks. Check in at ranger station around noon on Saturday as it started to drizzle. Contains rainbows and brookies, some in trophy size. Anglers often spend a week there, working around its long shoreline. With all the tent sites, we only saw two other groups, though admittedly it was after 10pm and dark so we didn’t look very hard. I first heard about the area from my parents who backpacked there for weeks at a time hopping from lake to lake. 8. There are opportunities for camping along this stretch of the trail, but be prepared for it to be more exposed. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. The next 3.6 miles is a steady mix of moderate inclines and declines. We did this as a two night trip, but if you were tight on time you could do it in one night, with two longer days. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In another mile you will reach the wilderness line and shortly after that Camp Lake. Aug 12, 2019 - Explore David Moehring's board "emigrant wilderness" on Pinterest. Continue reading "Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake" Posted on November 28, 2019 March 14, 2020. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Uncategorized . On Monday September 21st me, Brent and Steve headed over to Pinecrest to pick up our wilderness permit and begin a four day backpacking trip into the Emigrant Wilderness. The lake is considered a premier destination for the Emigrant Wilderness. You could spend days exploring the area around Deer Lake and never grow weary of your exploits. your own Pins on Pinterest The incline is moderate for the next 2 miles but the lake lends itself to having a nice break. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. ... Gem Lake Loop. Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake. 7. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. DerekUde 4 years, 3 months ago Camp Lake and Bear Lake. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Continue reading "Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake" Posted on November 28, 2019 March 14, 2020. After you cross Plute Creek you'll see a small trail to lead you to Groundhog Meadow but continue on the main trail toward Plute Lake. Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. My roommate Megan and I headed out to Carson Pass for a short … Pioneer Trail Group Campground offers groups of up to 100 people the opportunity to camp near the beautiful Pinecrest Lake. Buck Lakes are tucked away deep in the Emigrant Wilderness, with 20 other lakes within a three mile radius. Most hikers break the trip into 2 days. Most of the lakes are surrounded by lodgepole pine. You can find the trailhead in the NW corner of the parking lot. Sights to See. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/emigrant-wilderness-loop-trail Thank you so much for posting this. Camp Lake. This trail goes by Camp Lake and Crabtree Camp. Getting to the Trailhead. Love Yosemite but find the crowds and line to get into the park a bit of a drag? The Trail to Deer Lake Wildflowers, Panoramic Views, Tranquil Lakes. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to pick yours up. We opted to continue on and camp further along the trail. ( Log Out /  You could spend days exploring the area around Deer Lake and never grow weary of your exploits. Tons of snow so we didn't make it to Gem Lake. At the first junction, continue slightly right toward Camp Lake. This is a difficult out and back trail to Bear Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. Click here to view a map of the route on AllTrails.com…. I wanted to do a short trip to test some gear (a new sleeping bag & water filter!) Some are wide, classic mountain lakes while others are quiet, little gems hidden away in the forest. EASY 2.6 mi. 2.6 miles from Crabtree trailhead to Camp Lake. Since no hikers had been out and back, they had little information about the condition of the trails. Emigrant Wilderness Sierra Nevada Wonderland of Granite Rocks. Gem Lake offers expansive views of the Sierra Nevada Northern Yosemite and Emigrant Wilderness. Emigrant wilderness Buck Lake Backpacking - Duration: 6:28. We took a last minute weekend trip and used this post as a guide. Spend several days or a week “day hiking” to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls… returning each night to the same comfortable camp. Trailhead: Crabtree Trailhead is a popular entrance to the Emigrant Wilderness. This video is unavailable. of gear, food, and drinks) for the “drop camp”. Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402. Gem Lake Loop, Emigrant Wilderness. And we met about ninety people and fifteen dogs on our first day's hike. I wanted to do a short trip to test some gear (a new sleeping bag & water filter!) Sure, it doesn't have the falls like Yosemite, but it's got the solitude. Enjoy a layover day to relax or explore the expansive panoramas and pristine lakes (including a rare Sierra lake with a wide sandy beach), each with its own unique beauty. Camp: Gem Lake. 3 day 2 night summer backpacking trip. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. The fires last September squashed our original plans of hiking the Thousand Island Lake loop, so I spent hours trying. The campground affords breathta... Overview Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area… Hike in 8 miles to a base camp at Gem Lake while horses carry your gear. We chose not to get water here as the lake was full of algae and instead got it from Lily Creek less than 1 mile further down the trail. adventures and follow local regulations. The weather varies greatly between the day and night so make sure you are prepared for the cold and wind, even in the summer. Emigrant Wilderness is in the Stanislaus National Forest & lies on Northern Boarder of Yosemite. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude for backpacking. The plan was to start at the Crabtree Trailhead and spend three nights hiking to/around Gem Lake. A short 2.5-3 hour drive from our place in Oakland, it's a great spot for a quick single day or overnight climbing excursion. Thanks again! This is a difficult out and back trail to Bear Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. From the meadow, Grouse Lake is about 2 miles. before my trip… When they wrote "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" they were in the Emigrant Wilderness. John Yu 995 views. Emigrant Wilderness Stanislaus National Forest Dates: May 26-29 Appx 30 Mile loop Tom Harrison Trail Map Temp: Night 28-35F Day 50-60F Crabtree trail head to Upper Buck loop. Start and end at the Crabtree Trailhead. And we were not alone. Grouse Lake Emigrant Wilderness ... Water was accessible every few miles along the route except for the section between Gem Lake and Grouse Lake on Pine Valley. There are desolate, alpine stretches with towering granite walls that give way to thick, lush forests and meadows filled with wild flowers. Some are wide, classic mountain lakes while others are quiet, little gems hidden away in the forest. The streams are subject to heavy runoff from the winter snows and the streambeds are scoured leaving little habitat for much insect activity. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Buck Lake Dam Loop. Campfires are prohibited in the Mokelumne Wilderness above 8000 feet and within ¼ mile of the high water line (3949 feet) at Salt Springs Reservoir. Gem Lake Grouse Lake Huckleberry Lake Jewelry Lake Pingree Lake Piute Lake Rosasco Lake Wood Lake Yellowhammer Lake Gianelli's Trail Head Chewing Gum Lake ... Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Seemed pretty dead when I was there last September. 6. It follows the PCT south on a pure and beautiful ribbon of trail that dances on each side of the crest past Leavitt Peak and separates from the PCT onto the High Emigrant Lake trail just before Emigrant Pass. The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. UV Index. Look for the small, wooden bridge if you're having trouble. The trailhead doubles as a camp where those heading into the Emigrant Wilderness can spend the night before beginning their trek. From Gem Lake, follow the smaller, less maintained trail down the rock formations for about .5 mile. Our six-day on- and off-trail journey to remote lakes of the Emigrant Wilderness traverses a glacially sculpted landscape with broad granite expanses, rushing mountain streams and deep canyons. Luckily the Emigrant Wilderness looked like a relatively smokeless/fireless option, and there was no quota for permits, so I filled out the permit application online and off we went. Plus, it seems odd that I have not explored the Emigrant more. Pinecrest features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora, at an elevation of 5600 feet. Car Camping Available here with paved parking spots Trail leading out of Crabtree was quite dusty & dry. Well, look no further than Emigrant Wilderness. Wilderness Permit: A free permit can be picked up from the Pinecrest Summit Ranger Station which is only about 7 miles from the crabtree trailhead. DIFFICULT 18.0 mi. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. Home. Trip description, map, photos, and more. Overall, this trail lends itself to great backpacking. Trending posts and videos related to Grouse Lake Emigrant Wilderness! This challenging loop has alpine lakes, awesome views, lush forests, easy off trail scrambling, good water sources, and is less than 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Jun 14, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Debbie Greer. Trails: out via Crabtree and back via Bell Meadow trail. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. We caught fish at Bear Lake July 2017. 5-star camping at Upper Buck Lake. The trip is a 14 miles and moderate. To get there start heading up to Dodge Ridge Ski Area on Highway 108, turn right towards the cross country ski trails/experimental … Burst Rock via Gianelli Trail. Please explore responsibly! Gem Lake offers expansive views of the Sierra Nevada Northern Yosemite and Emigrant Wilderness. You can't camp around the lake but if you scramble up to the right of the trail there are large granite boulders that are flat enough for camping. EASY 2.3 mi. Jun 14, 2013 - Fishing Buck Lakes in the Emigrant Wilderness. With easy walking distance are a number other great lakes. The hardest part was making sure we got to the ranger station before close. Overview 12 reviews of Emigrant Wilderness "Emigrants Wilderness is a great place for backpacking and/or day hikes. ( Log Out /  Trailhead: Crabtree Trailhead is a popular entrance to the Emigrant Wilderness. 3 … Explore Emigrant Wilderness - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. I would NOT recommend Gem Lake for fishing. The route starts at Sonora Pass and enters the Emigrant Wilderness on its northeast edge. Bear Lake Camp Lake Crabtree Camp Rate this Hike ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Patrick McBride 3 months, 3 weeks ago ★ ★ ★ ★ Public Tracks. It can be difficult to follow so make sure you're paying attention. After dropping off  the gear, we will eat breakfast and then head over to the trailhead to begin the hike. Overnight Backpacking to Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanuslaus National Forest. Once we got past Gem lake we saw a only few people and a couple of horses. We will hike about 8 miles with light weight “day packs”… just carrying the essentials. Jeremy Above & West of Piute Creek. From here, you'll climb for 1.2 miles gaining about 500 feet in elevation. Began at Crabtree Trailhead loop to spend the first night at Y Meadows Reservoir and second night at Gem Lake. There are also ample opportunity to filter water, both from the lakes and steams. All Trails is a great web applications to plan and do backcountry adventures. Overnight Backpacking to Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanuslaus National Forest. We will “car” camp or rent rooms for the night. Gem Lake Base Camp. Rounded granite domes, alpine meadows, cascading streams, and stately forests greet backpackers on the 14-mile journey to the lake. Home › Forums › Campfire › Post-Trip Reports › Emigrant Wilderness Lake Tour 9/29 to 10/2. Discover (and save!) This trip begins at ~7500 feet at the Box Springs Trailhead This trail is at the end of Forest Route 3N20Y. The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. Gem Lake Loop, Emigrant Wilderness. Here is a map of the route from Crabtree Trailhead to Gem Lake… a site with a magnificent view of the High Sierra Wonderland of Granite. Like Yosemite, it has towering granite mountains and spectacular alpine lakes. The landscape is varied, which keeps things interesting. Sights to See. blog.hankchristensen.com/2016/08/gem-lake-emigrant-wilderness Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Also had spectacular views of valleys, cliffs, and meadows. It is possible to camp at the overlook on a … 6:28. Wilderness Permits are required and can be picked up at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, California. I was pretty skeptical when they recommended it to me since it didn’t seem to be a popular destination. Our six-day on- and off-trail journey to remote lakes of the Emigrant Wilderness traverses a glacially sculpted landscape with broad granite expanses, rushing mountain streams and deep canyons. Our first clue was the more than fifty cars at the trailhead. Gear Deals • Gear Search. 5.0 18 mi / 1100 ft gain The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. Backpacking Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness: A Tale of Lakes & Mosquitoes On the first weekend in June I went on my second backpacking trip into the Emigrant Wilderness. REI • ZPacks • Hyperlite • Patagonia • Arc'teryx • RBTR • Drop • Backcountry • Feathered Friends • CampSaver • Gaia • Mountain Hardwear. I picked up my Emigrant Wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station right after it opened at 8:30 am. The hike to Deer Lake covers 12 miles of up and down terrain. Went to Paiute Meadow and Paiute Lake then made the south loop through Grouse Lake. The lake has several campsites. Tour Utah National Parks: The Mighty 5 & beyond Travel Guide - … There's no quota for this area, so no need for reservations in advance.To reach the trailhead, make your way south from the Ranger Station and... Chewing Gum Lakes is located in Emigrant Wilderness, South of Lake Tahoe and North of Yosemite, with stunning valley views and gorgeous granite faces, peaking through the tree lines of the Stanislaus National Forest. The best 'Grouse Lake Emigrant Wilderness' images and discussions of November 2020. If you're not going to make it to the station by the time it closes, give them a call and they can leave it in a box for you to pick up. Campsites are better at Blackbird Lake or beyond Emigrant Meadow Lake. This trip is located in the Emigrant Wilderness on the Stanislas National Forest. If you should seek other waters, nearby Emigrant Lake should be just what you were looking for. The lake has several campsites. I lost count of how many beautiful lakes we passed. Daylight. I planned a 3-night trip to Emigrant Wilderness to fish Emigrant Lake and some smaller lakes. There was ample opportunity to filter water, both from the lakes and steams. Backpacking Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness: A Tale of Lakes & Mosquitoes On the first weekend in June I went on my second backpacking trip into the Emigrant Wilderness. before my trip… Into the Emigrant Wilderness. But lots of fish in Deer Lake, Wood Lake...and the Bucks Lakes were also nice. Planning and Permits. ( Log Out /  Emigrant Lake is considered one of the premier destinations in the Emigrant Wilderness. There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. Have fun! ) but not have to travel far from Groveland. Enjoy your time there but know that you may not want to camp here as it can get crowded in the high season. Enjoy a layover day to relax or explore the expansive panoramas and pristine lakes (including a rare Sierra lake with a wide sandy beach), each with its own unique beauty. The following trips can be completed in one day from Gem Lake: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The lake is nearly 2 miles long with good camping on either end. Gem Lake Loop, Emigrant Wilderness Posted On November 22, 2020 November 22, 2020 By Meesh 2 Comments The fires last September squashed our original plans of hiking the Thousand Island Lake loop, so I spent hours trying to find a last minute, not smokey/not on fire backpacking trip that my mom, my aunt and I could go on for their first backpacking trip. Spend several days or a week “day hiking” to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls… returning each night to the same comfortable camp. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station  The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. Campfires are prohibited in the Emigrant Wilderness above 9000 feet and within one-half mile of Emigrant Lake to protect sensitive whitebark pine forests and to allow recovery of areas historically depleted of firewood. If you start late on a Friday night like we did, this might be a good place to camp. Camp Lake elevation 7630 ft. 2.6 miles from Crabtree. Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in Yosemite National Park. The ... Overview We will arrive in the afternoon to explore Pinecrest, pick up our permit and do a short warm-up hike. Check out other trails in the Emigrant Wilderness Area. Amazing views. Those times I've went, I can count the number of people I've run into on two hands. From Grouse Lake, its another mile to your next junction and from here, you'll climb another mile before hiking down your final mile toward the trailhead. This is the largest and most scenic lake on the loop. Emigrant Wilderness is a hidden gem in the Sierras, overshadowed by neighbors like Yosemite and Tahoe but just as scenic and with far less traffic. Emigrant Lake: 140 acres at 8827' elevation, about 15 miles from the trailhead. Chain Lakes. The area in... Overview Emigrant Wilderness is in Stanislaus National Forest, North of Yosemite. Gem Lake in Emigrant Wilderness, California, Pinecrest, United States. Read More . Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area… Hike in 8 miles to a base camp at Gem Lake while horses carry your gear. Carson Pass to Lost Lakes via PCT. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… This loop starts at Crabtree trailhead, which has bathrooms, lots of parking, and campsites for one night. And they were leaving, after all. Change ). Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County Multi-day trip to a fabulous fishing lake; Fontanillis & Dicks Lakes, Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado Co. Great weekend trip to a pair of fabulous lakes near Lake Tahoe; Kennedy Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County The perfect weekend trip to a stunning mountain lake From here we move a short distance to our camp and home for the week. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Reviews (45) Photos (471) Recordings (37) Completed (198) Blake Hord. Crabtree Trail Head 7145 ft. The trail doesn't have a distinct up or down but rather various points of ascending and descending, which kept it challenging but not too hard. Alternatively, you can power on for another mile to reach Gem Lake and take a break there. Snow was still to be found near Emigrant Lake and the higher elevations, making it easy to lose the trail at times but never for more than around 50m. Sitting just north of Yosemite... We first found the Gianelli Edges mentioned in the Climbers Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway. The trail, which is not regularly maintained and may at times be hard to follow, initially descends slightly to 7300', then stays mostly fl... Backpack Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness, Backpack to Bear Lake (Emigrant Wilderness). Making California’s last wild places accessible to you. 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