was pretty exciting. Despite some lingering confusion about A few nice swimming holes. :-). Southern side of loop has more obstacles on the trail, and sometimes we questioned whether we were on the trail or a stream. Floral . 1 review | | MODERATE #1 hike out of 38 in Emigrant Wilderness | MODERATE. - easiest leg, mostly shade The next day, we were presented with a choice: we could go back down There was almost no one on the trail beyond the junction with the Camp Lake trail on this Sunday. So I shot a bearing to the nearest peak that we could see across The last weekend of September all of the creeks were dry, the lakes were a little low but still beautiful. This trail has it all. (see pics in my profile) Good elevation gain for a nice workout. Water was NOT ice cold and made for a super pleasant swim after that hot sunny climb! not much rain or anything usually, etc. Nikki saw an RV ahead through the trees, and we were back! Quite a bit of it was some good two-handed scrambling, and I ended straight up the hill to our right. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et sa meilleure utilisation est de avril à octobre. Bear Lake is pretty buggy and very packed right now. Views are so much more expansive than I would have expected! But will be back for sure. This lake holds stunning views and sits just under the sheer walls of Granite Dome. http://home.comcast.net/%7Eteamsk/ew/Emigrant_Wilderness.html. well marked in all the places. :-), So here's the map of the route which we took. Took us an extra 30min just to stop the bleeding. on the left side, following a sort of almost-trail to the end of the lake We found our way over the hill and over to Y Meadow Lake. it wasn't too hard to spot them, and aside from one bit where we had to wander Trail goes from super sandy in spots, to you having to traverse over rocks, big and small. green from all the rain that had come last weekend. around for a while, the trail wasn't too hard to find. area above Bear Lake. This was our first backpacking trip and have to say we are exhausted however this was worth it. This first day starts on trail. Wow, there were a lot of people there! From there we descended down into the valley to pick up the Pine Crest trail which winding through some nice forest. Even slathered in deet didn't repel them. This peaceful little lake makes a great early season hike as well as an easy trek for those wishing to get away for the weekend without spending all day on the trail. time with Nikki, Steph's friend, in tow. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. We did the usual stay at herring creek campsite, then drove to the I never made time to fish these lakes in those early years and as the last decade drew on, storied of fewer fish surfaced. Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. And also saw some shy deer. Trail length much longer than posted, I completed 15 miles and didn't even do the offshoot because I started late and was running out of daylight. There were some cool off-trail navigation, and it was a little slow, but not much up/down, so it She's one of those athletic types, 1. I hope you like mosquitoes and because because they ate everywhere. There was a line across the creek to hold on too. Hit up Bear Lake on the way out and it was magnificently beautiful but painfully ice cold. - groundhog meadows and grouse lake were very buggy, bear lake was MUCH less buggy After the long northern no name lake, larger patches of snow exist, but trail is easy to refind. Things to note: Aug 31, 2020 - Tuolumne County is apart of the PCT Trail and the John Muir Trail. Bear Lake rests on Lily Creek just inside the Emigrant Wilderness. We stopped to have lunch at an unnamed lake we called Lily Pond Lake. Bear Lake and Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop est un sentier en boucle de 13.8 miles très fréquenté situé près de Pinecrest, Californie. - roughly 4 miles, half shade and half exposed This was my first backpacking trip. Backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness! Brown Bear Pass Rewarding view of Emigrant Meadow Lake in the Emigrant Basin. The climb and elevation can get to you however once at the top the views are amazing 180 degrees of views. High 80, low 47. Maybe a mile and a half if you come at it from Bear lake, We found a great camp site with a stone fire ring, enough room for two tents and a view of watching the sunset behind the lake. Our plan was to hike the five-ish or so miles to Granite Lake. I wouldn't quite There were a lot of Bear Lake and Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop. Then we moved on. The sound of the creek below was great to sleep next too. Then, we got to the turnoff for Bear lake, and followed it there. But I kept my fleece and socks on, and was plenty warm all night. full, and we parked on the road nearby. Overview. The Crabtree parking lot was lake to ourselves after that amount of struggle, but no, there were 2-3 other We opted out of Bear as we just didn’t have the time. Specifically- Powell Lake and Granite Lake were supposed to produce large fish. other people were definitely washed away. There was a sort of washed out Crabtree TH to Bear Lake. Bear Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness: Trip Logistics. The route was the Crabtree trailhead to Bear Lake then cross country to Granite Lake. mule deer on the road while driving back. There are no trails into the Lake, and only a very experienced backpacker can nagivate the ducks, granite faces, and ridgelines to make it there. We stopped and rested there at the ridge Pink Granite . Day 3 we hung out till noonish and then headed down off the mountain. It was a _lot_ of work. Though it wasn't the to be adventuresome and take the loop hike back. trip and more of a scrambling trip. sun was going down, creating some really pretty light, especially with the forest which barked at us. Bear Lake and Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop is a 13.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. We cross on a couple down logs just to the left of the trail when you go to cross. Next time for sure. and climbed up a very extreme slope, angling back and to the right. No wildlife besides a chipmunk or two, though we did see some There was a fire burning realized I could have read the UTM coordinates on it and found where we were The views down into the valley below and onto Grouse Lake makes you realize the extent of your trip. Pretty cool. feet and enjoyed the sunny big lake. 2. Past dried up Piute Creek we ended our day at Grouse Lake. It June 20, 2018. woke me up sometime before dawn and we looked at the stars that came out after We got to Grouse Lake had lunch spent some time fishing. Got a few bites but didn’t land anything. It was still nice and quiet. View of Lunch Meadow and Summit Creek from the top. So there was smoke off in the distance as we got to The views from the top of the passes are beyond describing. After half a toilet paper roll used, we continued on our journey. Plenty of trees for hammock camping too ;) The lilypads are just starting to emerge and look really cool below the surface. The trail was fairly moderate elevation rise. - good amount of switchbacks; pretty lake at the top that made it worth it the moon had gone down. Luckily, the lake was shaped with many little coves rolled or slid for a looooong way. Its above the water fall. beneath our feet! But this was my first big hiking trip, we had a couple groups fly past us with their happy dogs leading the way. A large amount of folks were there, fishing and camping and throwing a ball On our third day we finished the loop back to Crabtree trail head. On our way we passed a couple groups on horses. We hit the trail at the end of the lake and cruised on up the Lots of nice flat camping spots up on the granite ledge south of the lake & trail at Lilypad. It is 13 difficult miles from Crabtree campground, a large part of it uphill. For photos: @sunnywithachanceofberries on insta. As long as you can hear the Piute Creek to your left you will pick up the trial at Piute Meadows. His site is here: talked about lots of fun stuff like backcountry skiing and mountaineering and We made it to Camp Lake, lots of camper and people however great sites to camp. The mosquitoes have just started to hatch, and were present in only a few places. where we began to climb. Fun, eh? We didn’t make Bear on this trip. We sat and end, and ran into a group that was camping in some trees which had a big dog We skirted around the barking dog group and made our way Crabtree to groundhog meadow: 3 day 2 night Trip Then up the switchback to Camp Lake. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier mais seulement en laisse. As the sun went down, it run into some cairns every once in a while, but it was pretty much a Crabtree trailhead to groundhog meadows But prettier. Our second day was a beast! fall back on map/compass to verify where we were. 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. We continued East and soon hit Camp Lake. not by huge amounts. We can loop back to Summit Creek by threading our route through Mosquito and Brown Bear Passes. We had lunch at Camp Lake. But the glorious high mountain vistas were absolutely worth it! ranger station for a free permit, then headed in. relative to our old trail, and for altitude readings (though later on, I Unfortunately, it did not seem to have any fish. Recommended hike! Mosquitoes were pretty bad & swarmy at dawn and dusk but absent during the day. We did this loop in the clockwise direction from Crabtree trailhead to Bear Lake (~4 miles) where we camped the first night. :-) This trip, we decided to go in to Granite Lake, which is sort of off-trail, though not by huge amounts. That was kinda cool. There was no trail, and any other footprints from call it an epic, but it was quite an exciting time. So beautiful with lovely fall foliage. A backpacking trek through the Emigrant Wilderness to Bear Lake is an ideal weekend adventure for city dwellers hoping to hit the trail on a Friday evening in the summer. Looks First ever backpacking trip!! trip, we decided to go in to Granite Lake, which is sort of off-trail, though The night was absolutely clear and cool, She's one of those athletic types, so we let her carry the stove and water filter to slow her down. Ridge Lake. We definitely were in the wrong place. Note the bit above bear lake where we went off the trail and we had to There are a few stream crossings and only one of them got me wet. The Emigrant Wilderness is a landscape of incredible beauty with broad expanses of granite peaks, glacially sculpted gorges, alpine lakes, mountain streams, and deep canyons. Great stop for lunch or a location to get to and set up a base camp for day hikes. actually emailed me! The Gianelli Trailead- when I first started fly fishing the Emigrant Wilderness, I would hear stores of the big brook trout one could find off the Gianelli Cabin Trailhead. Still feeling good, Loved it. The out-and-back is about 12 miles with not a great deal of climbing. Ridge Lake can be reached either by continuing west after the first saddle in the route to Lewis Lake. It's so crowded that you'll find yourself missing the quiet solitude of Bear Basin and the other destinations a little bit further away. The She stated it was a very spiritual and one amazing adventure. Day 1 we left the Crabtree TH late morning and took out time up to the trial split. We opted to do the loop from Crabtree TH to Grouse Lake to Piute Crossover down to Bear and Camp Lakes. ski season. choose-your-own-path kind of thing. And guess what! Some ups, some downs, some sun, some shade. the end, we ran into these nice slanting glacial granite slabs that we Road is completely clear of snow all the way to the trailhead, and high majority of the trail. ), and so on. 3. We would This day we will cover about 3.2 miles and 500 feet of gain. a half a mile if you come at it from Y Meadow Lake. other things which Nikki had done quite a bit of. I would 300% recommend climbing to the top of the ridge on the south side of Lilypad Lake. It was quite nice! Back at the trailhead we were glad to be out however then the uphill ¾ of a mile out to our car sucked but that was the worst of the trip if at all. and the moon as huge and amazing. streams flowing through them. The climb from the lake up and over the pass is great with a snowfield the last 300 yards over the top. United States › California › Emigrant Wilderness › Bear Lake. wildflowers! We started off at the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elevation 8580’) behind the Pinecrest Ranger Station late Friday afternoon. We could have camped there, probably, and gotten an earlier start. Fabulous loop! Second day we hiked the 6-7 miles to Grouse Lake. We set up camp and Steph took a swim (it was cold EVEN FOR HER!). Highly recommend! Mars was bright as could be. fires in a lot of ways. They aren't super See more ideas about pct trail, john muir trail, wilderness. down a set of increasingly sketchy trails. It was quite nice. Exactly as described. As usual with my trips, the goals differed from what was actually accomplished. One of the most difficult places to find in Emigrant Wilderness is Hyatt Lake. Quite a few other groups out there, but we bushwhacked away from the trail and had total peace for our campsite. The Emigrant Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest is a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada.It is bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Toiyabe National Forest and the Hoover Wilderness on the east, and State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on the north. left at chewing gum lake and head back over a lesser trail to the trailhead, It's easy to get lost, but a GPS can keep you on the right track. I camped in an area under some trees and I couldn't be outside of my hammock for a minute before I got swarmed. http://home.comcast.net/%7Eteamsk/ew/Emigrant_Wilderness.html. After lunch we decided we would try for Studhorse Meadows for the night. Backpacked this loop counterclockwise and camped at Lilypad Lake July 13-14, 2019. up putting my ski poles away to help me climb better. Nice chilly nights probably 40-30s. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier mais seulement en laisse. The trail has been pretty clear so far, with only a few muddy spots and a couple of passable downed trees. Even on Labor Day the trail wasn't too populated. It was soooo amazing! It would have been a fairly stiff scramble even without It was nice. - beautiful lake with lots of jumping rocks and you can swim to the island From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. packs, and with them, it was quite a climb. I had forgotten to upload Facebook; Twitter; Email; directions Driving Directions. This trail goes by Camp Lake, No Camping, and Crabtree Camp. There's too much dead wood around these days, and the basemap into my GPS unit, so it was only helpful in positioning us We were definitely not where we were supposed to be. Day 1 started at the Crabtree trail head. We set up camp on the North side of the lake. Great trip, loved the cows at Grouse Lake. Pretty hot during the day, and some creeks starting to dry up so fill your water when you can. As our first trip together, it was strenuous but nothing over the top, just took out time. We will enter the wilderness from the west, traveling through forested granitic valleys and camping at pristine lakes before arriving at the sparsely vegetated high country at the eastern side of the wilderness. Literally _just_ as Stephany and I drank the last of our water, we cruised on and took the left-hand turn into the Chewing Gum Lakes area, We hiked with our two dogs from Crabtree past Grouse Lake to Piute Creek, where we turned around and came back. fires going on not so far away. We hiked further on and ended the day at Bear Lake. The Piute Crossover was hard to pick up at times as still snow and not marked well. Last Steps to Brown Bear Pass . on our map). I hope that Bernd will forgive us. We then hung out a bit and then got dinner going. Bear Lake . the way we came up, or we could walk out through Y Meadow Lake and then turn This is a moderate out and back trail in Emigrant Wilderness. We decided to cross the stream where we found some floating logs and found a much quieter camp site. We theorized that this was the "peak" backpacking time for the sierras, because No wonder Ansel Adams loved these mountains. At Grouse Lake we found a spacious camp site with a large stone fire ring on the North of the Lake and trail. The trail is pretty dusty to start. We headed out from Grouse back to the trailhead with a short 3.5 mile hike on Sunday. Nice light ups and down, but mostly just cruising along. Though near This day was quite strenuous and took us longer than estimated. Beautiful, but definitely not for the faint of heart. Even a little cowbell! We soaked our Steph we all looked down and realized that if we had fallen, we might really have Bugs weren’t terrible but the crowds were a little tricky. 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