Entering the Emigrant Wilderness, near Pinecrest at the Crabtree trailhead, we will be hiking past many beautiful lakes and volcanic, granite peaks and domes within the Central California Sierra Nevada. Also, I found recommend arriving Friday night and sleep at the trail head - a lot of parking space, toilets, picnic tables, grill rings. Today nearly 110 million acres are encompassed by the system, including the Emigrant Wilderness, where we will be visitors during our nine-day trip. Day One: Off to a late start after getting our permit at Pinecrest, where we were warned about lots of snow and high … Located only a few miles East of Dodge Ridge ski area and Lake Pinecrest it is a popular place for both dayhikes and overnights of all lengths. Weather was perfect (other than smoke from the wildfires rolling in and out periodically as we got higher in altitude), although some stretches of the trail (particularly the hike back down from Gem) were completely naked of trees—the trail got hot so it stripped but we couldn’t. Enter at Kennedy Meadows. Absolutely stunning. %PDF-1.5 % Can be a bit annoying when it’s crowded with backpackers-but amazing when you get to the … We hiked about 25 miles in this area over the course of four days. Soon after, you'll start your uphill climb for about a mile but it smoothes out nicely after that. We’ve hiked from Crabtree trailhead through various trails for the past four years, and I have never been bitten so badly before. The first day we hiked to Gem Lake, took about 6 hours with stops at each lake on the way. only saw a few people. Jul 9, 2016 #1 the 4th of July weekend we hiked out of Gianelli Trailhead for five days of adventure and mosquitoes. Note: HWY 108 closes during the winter. Sunday morning, we ventured on our snowshoes into Emigrant Wilderness. Accessing Emigrant Wilderness backpacking South through Sonora Pass or Leavitt Meadow Trailheads can be well complimented by ending our backpacking trips through Kennedy Meadows. Depending on your point of entry and which direction you are coming from, call one of the following ranger stations for wilderness permits. Most of the lakes are surrounded by lodgepole pine. From Summit Ranger District (Pinecrest) take Hwy 108 east 3 … Don't bank on water from the creeks. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude for backpacking. A Wilderness Permit is required for overnight visits to the Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, and Mokelumne Wildernesses from April 1 through November 30. Emigrant Wilderness is in Stanislaus National Forest, North of Yosemite. I would have liked to have had an extra day to day hike out to Woods, Bucks, Deer, etc. Access to the southern section of the Emigrant Wilderness can be from Box Spring trailhead and the Bourland Meadow Trailhead, east of Sonora Pass Road (Hwy 108) at Long Barn. I called in the ranger station and asked the ranger about the mosquitoes condition; they said that it was fairly low, so i thought that i was a good time to. Went with some first timers and veterans and they all enjoyed it and were challenged. Length 19.5 miElevation gain 3172 ftRoute type Loop Many other trails crisscross the Emigrant Wilderness, from Leavitt Meadow on the East side, Kennedy Meadow on the West side, and other trailheads. We slept at Crabtree trailhead on Friday night, then hiked up to Gem lake and slept there on Saturday night. Log In. There is a bit of shade but a lot of it is exposed. Piute campground was pleasant. At couple of points it is easy to go off trail. Barely any mosquitos, which was the biggest thing I was worried about. Plenty of nice spots and the stream nearby had water. We extended it out past Deer Lake and cut south at Buck Lake to catch the southern trail, making our trip about 25ish miles. Overall wonderful trail. A fair amount of parking along the road before the trailhead, and didn’t see any signs forbidding it. Depending on your point of entry and which direction you are coming from, call one of the following ranger stations for wilderness permits. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. We came across many hikers on our trip that decided to cut their trip short and turn around due to the mosquitos. Gem lake was a great place to swim drink some beer and let loose. Depending on your point of entry and which direction you are coming from, call one of the following ranger stations for wilderness permits. The view at Buck lake was incredible. All was well until sunset when we were swarmed again. The trails were rather dusty but manageable. I plan to do it again as a day hike for sure. Woke up and hiked the relatively flat meadow trail to Grouse in 4 hours. Log In. The Emigrant Wilderness is a glaciated landscape of scenic beauty. However, as beautiful as the hike was, mosquitos deranged our plans. Gem is pretty small. Gorgeous lakes with tons of aspens of different shades. :) I brought the intertube for a nice relaxing time at the lake. As we hike and commune with nature, we will consider the relationship of mankind and the environment. Trail can get pretty exposed, so definitely keep water on you, but the shaded areas are beautiful, and the views from elevation can’t be beat. Zero mosquitos on Oct 10, perfect weather (clear skies, 50's most of the day), light to no smoke from the fires, and saw less than 20 people on the trail all day. Emigrant Wilderness/ Crabtree Trailhead(6.29.15) Posted on July 16, 2015 December 7, 2015 by jaypliny. Emigrant Wilderness. Both my hiking partner and I were bitten well near 50 times, and it was horrendous. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from August until September. Got slightly lost on the way out past Piute Meadow towards Crabtree (maybe I’m just horrible at following trails) but regained. I think this is one of the best trails for introduction to backpacking: good views, good camping spots, good workout, good trail! 20 miles in a day is hard work, and this trail gave a mix of terrain to entertain (the rolling mountains made the hike out easier). It is about 50 miles east of Sonora off Hwy 108. We found a good fire ring close to Gem Lake (I took a pic of it in my recording). Another Weekend Adventure Into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness – Snodgrass Trailhead. All trails were in great shape, stream crossings were fine. Two main acccess routes to the Emigrant Wilderness are from Kennedy Meadows and the Gianelli or Crabtree trailheads out of Cold Springs, off Highway 108. Easy, mostly paved road right up to trailhead. We maybe met 10 per day. Grouse lake was also really nice! We were unsure about going on this trip after all of the reports of mosquitos but with Permethrin-treated clothes/tent/packs/etc and use of Deet it was quite manageable. There was one little beach that had accessible water, but people were camping right in front of it. Steep incline hike in the Emigrant Wilderness starting at Sonora Pass (108) and ending at Blue canyon lake, a glacial tarn sitting bellow a series of beautiful peaks. Notes: The Emigrant Wilderness is over 100,000 acres with over 80 lakes within a granite basin filled with granitic domes, ridges, and small hills. Stopped at Wood Lake next day and did a loop of Huckleberry Lake- highly recommend! No trail head marker exists at the beginning but the single track begins at the parking turnout. It got quite hot on the climbs, and we took advantage of shade when we could. I read the reviews about the mosquitoes and they're bad but not bad enough to not do the hike--wearing long sleeves, pants, a buff helped a ton. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, ... Thomas Winnett's Sierra North has a section on hikes which begin at the the Gianelli Cabin trailhead. Entering the Emigrant Wilderness, near Pinecrest at the Crabtree trailhead, we will be hiking past many beautiful lakes and volcanic, granite peaks and domes within the Central California Sierra Nevada. We arrived at the trailhead on Friday evening and the parking lot was full. Our dogs did great! Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. They were honestly fine this week but I know that can change. 630 check-ins. We hiked in on a Monday morning, and extended the loop to include hiking around upper/lower Buck lakes. Hardly any mosquitos, lots of refreshing swimming, perfect weather, beautiful scenery. We did this hike in one day, taking just under 9 hours to hike and added 30 minutes to have lunch at Gem Lake. We hiked this loop clockwise, and I found it extremely enjoyable with all the change in scenery and all the different valleys you go through. It is located in the Emigrant Wilderness which is just 4 hours outside of San Francisco. 2020. Day One: Off to a late start after getting our permit at Pinecrest, where we were warned about lots of snow and high … 1 Pinecrest Lake Rd (618.97 mi) Pinecrest, CA, CA 95364. So plan to use water out of lakes. This book is considered the best hiking guide available for the region. Wilderness permits are required, but they are easily obtained at any Stanislaus Forest ranger station. The hike between Emigrant Lake and Lunch Meadow is incredible; probably the highlight of the route. Pacific Crest Trail Long-distance Hikers . Please check with the park before visiting the area. Some light afternoon and evening rain on Saturday with lots of thunder. From there we follow a dirt road which takes us to the wilderness boundary. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! Groveland Ranger Station - for Cherry Lake trailhead… Spending the night at Crabtree Trailhead was luxurious as we had a restroom, a table to eat at and a firepit to cook on. We drove a little further down the main road to find some camping off to the side. We did this loop in three days and two nights. 2. Both the Toiyabe and Stanislaus National Forests run North & South of Highway 108, but only the Stanislaus administers the Emigrant Wilderness, which is located on the West flank of the Sierra crestline South of Highway 108. Large boulders, epic rock formations, pine trees as far as the eyes can see, and plentiful lakes make this loop a serene escape from California’s busy cities. We camped at Piute lake in the designated camping area. Region: Pacific West (Stanislaus National Forest, Northern California) Length: 19.5 miles, 1-3 days. Also had Ranger Joel check our permits in the morning at Grouse. Camp Lake Crabtree Camp Crabtree Trailhead No Camping Rate this Hike ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Patrick McBride 4 months, 3 weeks ago ★ ★ ★ ★ Public Tracks. Trail has several stream crossings and depending on the season snow and snow shelves may conceal the trail and creeks running below. This is a beautiful trail, but I was nearly eaten alive this trip. Deer Lake was probably the highlight of the whole hike for us, and we took a snack break there and filtered some water from the lake. Groveland Ranger Station, for Cherry Lake Trailhead… There are three major trailheads leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and a dozen other lesser ones. It was very beautiful and very well marked. I am not trying to deter anyone from hiking this trail, but maybe wait until a little later in the season, or be prepared to spray a lot of deet. The scenery is excellent, but the trails require somewhat less climbing. The weather was awesome: not hot during day, not cold during night. We went clockwise and saw very few people. We ended up altering our plans because of the mosquitos. Here’s a high-res map of Emigrant Wilderness you can use for scouting and planning. Free wilderness permits are required for overnight stays in the Emigrant Wilderness Area and Yosemite National Park. Once you cross a small bridge, stay right for the trail to Bear Lake. Community See All. Once you cross a small bridge, stay right for the trail to Bear Lake. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done- if not challenging (especially if you add on the full loop and make it to Huckleberry). This is a moderate out and back trail in Emigrant Wilderness. A good amount of mosquitoes, but nothing a little bug spray-down every few hours couldn’t fend off. I would really recommend this trip. Thread starter balzaccom; Start date Jul 9, 2016; balzaccom Member. Few other hikers. TRAILHEADS: Emigrant Wilderness Trail Maps INDEX: Emigrant Wilderness Trail Miles INDEX . Gianelli Cabin is a very popular summer time trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. Two main acccess routes to the Emigrant Wilderness are from Kennedy Meadows and the Gianelli or Crabtree trailheads out of Cold Springs, off Highway 108. 1966 Deck Trek - August 28-September 4, 1966. We pretty much followed the planned trip itinerary. It is about 50 miles east of Sonora off Hwy 108. There are two trail routes defined on the maps between the trail junction in Grizzly Meadow and Bond Pass. I cut my trip short and returned after one night and 200 bites. Although I've been hiking in the Sierra for thirty years, I'd never backpacked north of Yosemite before. The northeastern third of the Wilderness is dominated by volcanic ridges and peaks; the remaining areas consist of many sparsely vegetated, granitic ridges interspersed with numerous lakes and meadows. Steady ups and downs, a perfect trail for a backpacker who is looking for a chill time. Very well maintained trails although we did lose the trail once and had to backtrack. We also bought the silly mosquito hats but they weren't bad enough to warrant those but we were glad we had them. Very nice. 3. Groveland Ranger Station - for Cherry Lake trailhead… Trail can become unclear in rocky areas so be observant of cairns or other signs indicating the route. We spent the first night camping at the top on a ridge near piute meadow to avoid the mosquitos. 5. For some reason the AllTrails map doesn't show the trail continuing to Buck Lake though the USDA map has it. Joined Sep 30, 2014 Messages 438. Joined Sep 30, 2014 Messages 438. Try heading to Gem lake to camp if possible. More lakes front loaded at beginning of the trip. We had a great time backpacking out to Gem Lake. Few key points though : The scenery was stunning and the swimming divine. 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. Hiked back on Sunday, and the trail was extremely dusty and dry--take plenty of water from Gem lake, because there isn't much available at this time of year (August) until Grouse lake. Great swimming opportunities. From there we follow a dirt road which takes us to the wilderness boundary. Recommend camping at Deer Lake. AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. I highly recommend taking the Northern route first and camping at Piute Lake along the Southern side. Limited water until you hit the lakes 6-7 miles in, so pack appropriately, and recommend staying out near the lakes for at least 2 nights. Trailheads: Getting into the Emigrant Wilderness Stanislaus National Forest Coyote Meadow (Cooper Pocket) Elevation 8480’, native surface, limited parking, fair overnight camping opportunities, no facilities. Spending the night at Crabtree Trailhead was luxurious as we had a restroom, a table to eat at and a firepit to cook on. The trail was only spotty between Lower Buck and Wood Lake. We will arrive in the afternoon to explore Pinecrest, pick up our permit and do a short warm-up hike. Overall, this is a gorgeous trail with lots of diversity (lakes, granite slabs, forests). I’ve never really be bothered by mosquitos, but unfortunately this time I was bitten more than my previous record of 23 bites. The actual trailhead can be difficult to spot depending on where you parked, but it's in the NW corner of the lot. Almost all the creeks in between are out of water. Wilderness Permit A free wilderness permit is required for overnight stays in the Emigrant Wilderness Area. Awesome trail, brought 2 dogs and had a blast. They definitely were in my face which was annoying but the bug spray worked and that was the extent of it. There are three major trailheads leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and a dozen other lesser ones. Great for new backpackers as well! Total with the extension was about 23.5 miles, 3500 ft of gain. Create New Account. We started from the Crabtree trailhead which is easy to find. No trail head marker exists at the beginning but the single track begins at the parking turnout. Like Yosemite, it has towering granite mountains and spectacular alpine lakes. Emigrant Wilderness. The trail climbs up the granite alongside Middle Fork Stanislaus River, crossing over a footbridge, and continuing its ascent. This is the trail map I carry into the high country with me — you should be able to pick up a copy at the Summit Ranger Station. Lots of lakes and still few springs. 727 people like this. This backpack trip will travel through Emigrant Wilderness and just north of the Yosemite National Park boundary. Challenging but enough up and down to keep things interesting. These trails add to those already covered on the guide, which opens up a wide range of long and short backpacking loops around the high elevation section of the Emigrant Wilderness and adjacent wilderness areas. No mosquitos due to … There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. We hiked counterclockwise, camped at Groundhog Meadow first night, and Piute Lake second night. Did this with 5 people and 2 dogs from Fri morning to Sun afternoon. None complained that our dogs were off leash. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. At this intersection we went straight ahead towards Camp Lake. I knew this was going to be the case but it is a steep grade. This trail also seems to be moderately trafficked by horses and pack mules with groups on pack trips—you’ll be able to see (and smell) the abundance of “presents”, “trail markers”, or whatever you wanna call them on your path. Overall, not too grueling but still nice and long. Camped just before Wood Lake with a gorgeous view of sunset and sunrise. Mile 4 and 5 were probably the worst with it leveling out and then climbing more before dipping down to piute around mi 8. Very hot and dusty though, with not a lot of shade, especially on the way back if looping clockwise. Thread starter balzaccom; Start date Jul 9, 2016; balzaccom Member. One thing that we didn't anticipate - we planned to get water at Groundhog Meadow but the stream there (Piute Creek) was running pretty low. Many other trails crisscross the Emigrant Wilderness, from Leavitt Meadow on the East side, Kennedy Meadow on the West side, and other trailheads. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to … It is located in the Emigrant Wilderness which is just 4 hours outside of San Francisco. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, ... Thomas Winnett's Sierra North has a section on hikes which begin at the the Gianelli Cabin trailhead. Parking. Although its rocky benches are ideal for picnics and loafing, early-season campers will want to retreat up the forested slopes for some relief from mosquitoes. Naming High Emigrant Basin. Lovely sights! Choice to use NF parking lot, or pay at Kennedy Store (puts you 1/2 mile closer to trailhead). Past by about 10 groups of horse/donkey trains. Here are some rough distances to destinations within Emigrant Wilderness, organized by trailhead. The segments of trail … We hoped it would be better if we pushed ourselves to Deer Lake, as we heard from some hikers that there were less mosquitos there. We did it 9/21-9/22 clockwise. Would’ve loved an extra day or two to hike out to Buck and Huckleberry Lakes, but the five or so lakes you’ll encounter on this trail will make the grade. Backpacking Emigrant Wilderness Supplemental Trail Notes . Check out the links in the side bar for more info from the Stanislaus National Forest. Went the weekend of July 18-19. The only downside was since we started on a Saturday, it was very crowded and Piute Lake campground was full of a lot of people and was very loud. Some trail signs are hard to read/in disrepair/fallen down, so bring a map and compass. A lot of people complaining about mosquitos. 25. emigrant wilderness crabtree trailhead. So, instead of staying the third night, we decided to hike the 12 miles out and head home. Sunday morning, we ventured on our snowshoes into Emigrant Wilderness. A Wilderness Permit is required for all overnight trips into the Emigrant Wilderness, April 1 through November 30 each year, however, there are no quotas or fees within the Emigrant. Forgot account? Out and back comes about a 2 miles more. Piute Lake is not the most beautiful place to camp at. I would probably do counterclockwise if there were a next time. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. Dogs are also able to use this trail. They were out all day. Emigrant Wilderness is wildly infamous for clouds of blood sucking vampires. It was a long day hike/jog for us, but well worth the extension! June through October are the best times weather-wise to visit Emigrant Wilderness; however, the trail does tend to open in May when the snow has cleared the roads. Wilderness Permit A free wilderness permit is required for overnight stays in the Emigrant Wilderness Area. These are both primitive trails that can be well traveled or not. There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. Overnighters need a wilderness permit. Spent Friday night at the trailhead. The trail was essentially empty; we saw a dozen people throughout the day. But all in all a great trip! Wilderness permit station; (summer only) Campground High Sierra Camp (by reservation only) Trailhead Ranger station Gas station Trail Paved road osemite Trailheads Map 1 Wilderness hikers must camp in the area indicated on the map for their corresponding trailhead. DerekUde 4 years, 4 months ago Camp Lake and Bear Lake. Lots of camping around it, but less places to swim. The trailhead parking lot is a half mile before the end of the road at the Kennedy Meadows Resort, both of which were humming on 4th July. Four stars because the trail is genuinely amazing, minus one star for this year because the mosquitos are extra ravenous this year. Forgot account? At this intersection we went straight ahead towards Camp Lake. We camped in the granite above the west side of the lake (go right when you get to the lake if you're going in the clockwise direction). A trailhead parking lot is located about a quarter mile before you arrive at the resort. Community See All. The trailhead area includes Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station as well as two National Forest campgrounds. 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. Drove up and car camped at Crabtree on Friday night (8/21), hiked out to Gem Lake Saturday, and made it back to the trailhead by early Sunday afternoon. The south side loop took 5 hours with a 30min break at Grouse Lake which is surrounded by cows!! Total distance ~ 22 miles Hikers may not pass through Yosemite Valley on a single wilderness permit. Hikers may not pass through Yosemite Valley on a single wilderness permit. or. There is a lot of "site restoration" happening and it's important not to camp in those areas. As we hike and commune with nature, we will consider the relationship of mankind and the environment. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Sports & Recreation in Pinecrest, California. It was labor day weekend so the trails and campsites were fairly busy, but how can you complain about people enjoying nature. They probably didn’t appreciate our excited dogs, but the riders were friendly. It can easily be completed in … The parking lot was definitely full, but people parked along the side of the road going pretty far back. Wilderness Air Quality: Who We Are: Our Partners: Monitoring and Data: Air Pollution: Law and Policy: Manager's Portal : USDA Forest Service 1400 Independence Avenue SW … Campfires are not allowed above 9000 feet, but most of the trail is below that. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stanislaus/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5361242&width=full The Emigrant Wilderness to our South and Southwest wraps around the Northwestern boundary of the North Yosemite Backcountry. The trail is dotted with lakes and streams, offering frequent water sources and campsites. No bugs, warm during the day, though pretty cold at night. Description The first part of the Huckleberry Trail is very popular, but most hikers branch off for a loop involving Brown Bear Pass and the Kennedy Lake Trail or to fish at the Relief Reservoir. Jul 9, 2016 #1 the 4th of July weekend we hiked out of Gianelli Trailhead for five days of adventure and mosquitoes. Included in this 9th edition of Sierra North, written with Kathy Morey and others, are hikes throughout the Northern Sierra Nevada. We missed the cutoff trail down to Buck Meadow Creek because we cut around off trail to the south side of the lake, but honestly it was just easy to walk down the granite to the bottom of the valley where the trail was. Notes: The Emigrant Wilderness is over 100,000 acres with over 80 lakes within a granite basin filled with granitic domes, ridges, and small hills. Overall a BEAUTIFUL trail. No mosquitos at all on the weekend. It was relatively busy, but people were good a distancing when passing. Most creeks were dry so we survived off of lake water + purification tablets. Completed this trail on Aug 8 - 9th weekend. The segments of trail … Dude. Mosquitoes were no problem. Recommend taking the time to hike up to Jewelry lake. 3 day 2 night summer backpacking trip. Not Now. One of the shortest routes into spectacular Emigrant Wilderness, the Burst Rock Trail puts the steepest climb at its beginning. Free wilderness permits are required for overnight stays in the Emigrant Wilderness Area and Yosemite National Park. I had time for one last weekend trip to … Sights to See. We will “car” camp or rent rooms for the night. Bug spray didn't help at all! We will arrive in the afternoon to explore Pinecrest, pick up our permit and do a short warm-up hike. We did pass by a handful of groups on pack trips with horses and pack-mules, making the trail a bit dusty for the time being, but might as well make the insides match the dusty, grime covered outsides! Both Salt Lick and Spring Meadows are phenomenal; Long Lakes is an option for sleeping as well. I work long sleeves mainly for sun protection but wore bug spray and have no bites. See more of Emigrant Wilderness on Facebook. Camped at Gem lake and it was freezing! Sierra Rec Magazine- Trail Review – Carson iceberg Wilderness – June 2020 – It is not often in my trail reviews that I start at the top of the mountain and hike down into the valleys of the wilderness. Create New Account. East Cherry Creek runs through Horse Meadow. Both of my trips to the Emigrant Wilderness have encountered sporadic thunder showers, so make sure to bring rain gear. Backpacking Emigrant Wilderness Supplemental Trail Notes . Saw three different rangers. 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