endobj Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. Day 1 – Leavitt Lake to High Emigrant Lake over the volcanics of the Relief Peak Formation. I stood and watched the lake for a few minutes. From Crabtree Camp to Lily Pad Lake September 24, 2012 February 13, 2014 / Tara Taft With our 45-pound packs on our backs, we began our journey about 8:30 a.m. and set out on the Crabtree trail in the Stanislaus National Forest before entering the Emigrant Wilderness. overview. Definitely could be done with one overnight! We were fortunate to have great weather and almost no mosquitos. June 19, 2020. The rocky shore dropped deep into the lake and offered trout places to hide. Off the beaten path, including a road that turns into gravel and potholes (our VW Golf did fine at slow speeds and with proper road assessment to navigate the deeper holes) We went counter clockwise just to give us a shorter way out. On the way, we passed multiple lakes and about 6 people who were backpacking and one day hiker. Day 1: This is the official start of the trip.We will be meeting at 6:00 a.m. in the campground for breakfast, a trailhead talk, and logistics. The trail to Bear Lake is easy to follow and all the intersections are well marked, however, various parts of the trail traverse over granite caps which make it easy to lose sight of the main trail. Tour Utah National Parks: The Mighty 5 & beyond Travel Guide - Duration: 1:30:20. Emigrant Wilderness Loop Backpack: Crabtree Trailhead to Emigrant Lake. Bear Lake rests on Lily Creek just inside the Emigrant Wilderness. We drove out Friday night, camped at the trailhead, and started on the trail at 8 am Saturday morning. The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. You could spend days exploring the area around Deer Lake and never grow weary of your exploits. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. We took the north trail out and made it to Jewelry Lake to camp Saturday night. Although the elevation change is around 600 ft the trail undulates throughout the hike so the amount of climbing is a bit more, albeit easily done by most. We detoured to Bear Lake first, which was pretty crowded. There were some beautiful lakes that popped up and I only ran into a single rancher the entire way back until I was about a mile to the trailhead. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… Also: cows with loud bells. Views are similar to Yosemite (afterall, it's just a bit north of the park - same Sierra's). Fall is a close second due to the color change of the wonderful aspens. Lots of obvious camp sites there. You will hike several miles on pure granite. Only one or two other groups at each lake each night but we started on a Monday. Loved it. Distance: 5 miles. You can camp there. If we get as far as Piute Lake (8 mi, timed 4 to 5 hours by different pace hikers), we should be still on track to reach Huckleberry next day. We started off at the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elevation 8580’) behind the Pinecrest Ranger Station late Friday afternoon. However, the mosquitoes are really bad! When we hit Bear Lake, we turned left and continued up to the northeast corner, keeping the lake on our right. We cut through to Gem lake to get to Deer Lake. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Lots of variety in views and terrain which kept it exciting the whole way. Then off to Buck Lake. The first day's backpack was 9.1 mi / 14.6 km from Crabtree Trailhead to Paiute Lake. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. Very beautiful. Just got back. Some are wide, classic mountain lakes while others are quiet, little gems hidden away in the forest. The South side of the loop is spectacular. lly. Early summer, after the snow melts, is arguably the best time for this hike since the lakes and creeks are at capacity. catmongeon 1 year, 11 months ago Day 1 - Crabtree Trailhead to Bear Lake. Gem Lake via Crabtree Trailhead is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Beautiful 25 mile loop with plenty of options to set up a base camp and do day hikes. The lakes on the way are all pretty great and makes for a great hike with lots of little stops at lakes on your way. Water is not as frequent, though it shouldn't be an issue to fill up in the morning, at lunch, then finally at camp. We did the full loop and there were so many inclines, declines with boulders, large rocks and steep steps . Day 2 Deer Lake, Northside ( 10 miles in) We stayed there all three nights and did day hikes from there. On Sunday, we hiked to Lower Buck Lake and camped. Day 1: Crabtree TH to Piute Meadow, 6.2 miles: Sarah and I woke up early to drive from Oakland, Ca to the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest. It was a pretty moderate hike. We hiked three miles in Friday night and camped Saturday night at wood lake before hiking out in the morning. Lake choked with lilly pads and only a small area to access the water. Crabtree TH to Bear Lake. The trail is in good condition and the snow has melted. 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. The West is Big! The hike out the next day (it is a loop) was mostly downhill. Kim met me at the trailhead and she cooked a great meal and we shared our adventures of the day. The trailhead is usually accessible staring in late June to early July. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. Took 4 hours up and 3 hours down for this first-timer with a 30lb pack (including food and water). I did an overnight and after I set up my tent I did not go out There are endless opportunities for multiday hikes from Gianelli Cabin, try heading toward Long Lake(10miles), Deer Lake(11miles), or Emigrant Lake(15miles) for some solitude, fishing, and excellent swimming/cliff diving. Tons of variety. There is a peak between Gem and Jewelry Lake to climb to watch the best sunset of your life. That was amazing!! The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking. It would have been nice to stay one more night or go on a weekend where it wasn’t freezing. Days: 2 days, 1 night. More Stats for Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) hike trail trail. Camped at Camp, Upper Buck and Grouse. Dont miss it. Did this loop Sunday 8/16 through Wednesday 8/19. A beautiful trail that crosses Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, Lily Lake, and Camp Lake along rolling terrain with a nice final section into the Crabtree Trailhead on the western edge of Emigrant Wilderness. Deer Lake is amazing and has some big rocks and an island in the middle of the lake. The trail was well-maintained with the alpine granite typical of the Sierras. This hike primary trail can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Total mileage was 20 miles. The trail runs along the north side. Spent the first night at the trailhead, the Gem Lake, then Wood Lake. Nice hike this time of year. We'll hike mostly on trail through classic Emigrant country past appropriately named Jewelry and Gem lakes and crossing Cherry and Piute Creeks. This lake is easily approachable from Crabtree Camp. But prettier. There are two trail routes defined on the maps between the trail junction in Grizzly Meadow and Bond Pass. Anyway, so warm overnight I didn't need my sleeping bag. There was a fire near Bear Lake that brought smoke into the skies on Wednesday. Did it in 4 days, 3 nights. Elevation loss: 1,500 feet. Granite near Big Lake, Emigrant wilderness Ca. Go clockwise. I’d much rather hike down the south trail than up it, so I’d do the route clockwise if I went again. THE PLAN Sat 24: Taking off from Crabtree East by Middle Trail.The original plan to hike up to Deer Lake (10.5 mi) sounds nice, but may be unrealistic, given the long drive and heavy packs. The Trail to Deer Lake Wildflowers, Panoramic Views, Tranquil Lakes. The water was refreshing for a dip days 2 and 3! of gear, food, and drinks) for the “drop camp”. Grouse Lake is small. In this case look out for rock stacks to lead the way. Emigrant Lake was much larger than any of the lakes I visited the day before. We hiked the trail clockwise, and it was excellent. The Trail to Bear Lake An Easy Trek to a Secluded Lake. Yes, get water when you can. I refer to the three high elevation meadows at the top of Emigrant Wilderness as the "High Emigrant Basin" while referring to High Emigrant, Grizzly, and Summit Meadows individually as required.. Two Trails . This place is magical. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. A buddy and I hiked most of this loop August 27 - 30. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Day 6: On our last night, we may choose to camp at Piute Meadow, or Lily Pad Lake or Grouse Lake. Admittedly Grouse was a bit subpar for the area. Click to expand photos. Day 3 Grouse Lake (the least pretty (20 miles in) of the lakes, but the camping is quite lovely - get back up into the rocks to avoid the skeeters). I loved it, just wish I would have been more prepared for how hard it would be. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. All of these are lovely, but if I do it again I'll push on to Jewelery Lake for the first night and maybe spend a night at Upper or Lower Buck Lakes instead of Wood. No issues at night, either. June [Re: Heather-ak] balzaccom member Registered: 04/06/09 Posts: 2050 Loc: Napa, CA I would not spend ANY time worring about cougars. All streams and creeks are dried up. Day 3 – Frasier Lakes to Gem Lake via Wood Lake. Also one rancher who was bringing in his cows. Day 2 – High Emigrant Lake to Frasier Lakes, with perhaps the most stunning camp view you’ll ever see. We hiked the full loop. The Emigrant Wilderness is the Yosemite backcountry’s underappreciated cousin. Camp Lake is a perfect resting spot half way in but before moving on to Bear Lake make sure and climb up to the top of the granite on the south side of the lake for magnificent views overlooking Pine Valley. Trail is a bit rocky. Over the 4th of July weekend, my friend Blair invited me out on a girls’ only trip out to Granite Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. There were mosquitos too, but not so many above 8k ft yet. After breakfast we will begin our trek south then east out of the Crabtree trailhead and toward the Emigrant Wilderness and on to Bear Lake. There are several areas where the trail is rocky and easy to lose, just keep an eye on your map. Crabtree Camp has plentiful parking although can get busy during the summer vacation season. Naming High Emigrant Basin. For the hardly athletic, out of shape, older folks, this loop is quite challenging. Crabtree Trail Head Bear Lake Big Lake Buck Lake Camp Lake Cow Meadow Lake Deer Lake Gem Lake Grouse Lake Huckleberry Lake Jewelry Lake Pingree Lake Piute Lake ... swam several times a day, rode up to Emigrant Lake for lunch, cooked up wonderful meals and told great stories at night under the stars. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to … We camped at: 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. Definitely will be back to do a longer loop. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. There wasn’t water between wood lake (the one after lower buck lake) and grouse lake (6ish miles) so plan to pack water accordingly! ... Emigrant Day 5 - Bear Lake to Crabtree Trailhead. The trail this time of year is doable and open. #176316 - 04/08/13 09:01 PM Re: Emigrant: Crabtree Cabin to Wood Lake beg. Not the ideal place for spending the night. Location: Main Features. On Monday, we hiked out the entire 12 miles back to the trailhead. Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Strawberry Branch). This was a two days trip going out to Gem Lake via the Crabtree Trail and back via the Bell Meadow Trail. Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) is a 5 mile blue singletrack alpine trail located near Yosemite California. One day we hiked up through Salt Lick Meadow to Wire Lakes and Long Lake. Great trip. I want to come back in the spring or early summer to see the flowers and running water. Definitely a bit smoky, but for the most part this wasn’t a big deal. A ranger that I met on the trail the day before said that he’d heard anglers catch 25-inch trouts there. Day 4 we hiked the final 5 miles and drove home Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the […] Hi all, I just posted a version of this over at highsierratopix.com and thought it might be useful here too. We hiked from the Crabtree trailhead through Grouse Lake and made it all the way to Deer lake. Join me, Steve and Brian on an epic and breathtaking 34-mile journey through the Emigrant Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. Ariend and I hiked this one week ago over 4 days, starting late Friday (around 6:30). OneHorseRanch 1 year, 5 months ago Bear lake. The crossing at the “dam” was a bit high, but you could still wade across. This trail goes by Camp Lake, No Camping, and Crabtree Camp. So more people. Camp Lake, a little misnamed since there’s like 1 camping spot here, haha. 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This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. June 20, 2018. Almost no mosquitos! Happy Hiking! There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. High 80, low 47. The reflection of light at sunset on the granite mountains is really magical as the mountains turn pink and gold. People go off the trail to the south side. if you stop moving they will eat you a live. Day 1 Camp Lake (3 miles in) Mosquitoes were definitely heavy but manageable, also watch out for the big biting ants. These can also be reached from the Crabtree Trailhead. Here's a quick report of my trip this past weekend. Altitude change-474 ft. Altitude min. There was also a cold snap that weekend, so nighttime temperatures were freezing, bring layers. It is there, but with the heat, it is not abundant. I did a ~30 mile loop solo from Crabtree to Emigrant Lake via Gem Lake and Deer Lake, then Emigrant L. to Woods Lake, and […] I haven’t adventured much off of Sonora Pass, so I immediately said yes! 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. Only a few bites at Grouse but didn't even break out the Deet. Campsite elevation: 7,600 feet. Crabtree Camp Trailhead is open from June to November but depending on the snow levels opening and closing dates vary. The hike is definitely buggy, but with magic bug repellent lotion (Ultrathon) and mosquito nets for our faces, we were fine. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the three miles of forest service dirt road (4N26), which is maintained for passenger vehicles. Did this as an overnight with my dog 09/26-09/17/2020. Where: Emigrant Wilderness, California When: May 26-28th, 2018 Who: Sarah and Ben Permits: Free at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, Ca. I can’t wait to take my son on a pack trip! Beautiful place. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. We had Buck lake to ourselves and it was amazingly beautiful. 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. All in all it was a great trip and I'll be back to venture further to Buck lakes and Emigrant lake in the future. Check with the Summit Ranger District for area status before visiting. The Hike: Piute Lake (Emigrant Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada mountains) Trailhead: Crabtree (In and out with lollipop loop) Duration: 3 days 2 nights Length: 16 miles (13 additional miles for the day hike) Elevation Gain: 1600 ft (1,100' additional gain for the day hike) The Pack: Osprey Exos 58 Sleep System: my favorite set up –… Plenty of lakes to grab water from, though in mid-day, the heat got to me and I ended up without water on an incline. I liked that we got to see so many lakes, 10 or so. I downloaded an offline map from maps.me that I preferred to using the AllTrails map. This was very strenuous and was made way slower by all the snow on the south trail. Hiking the Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail . What an amazing place with great fishing and super nice spots to stop and camp. I barely made it through each days and was so wiped out every day it was difficult to enjoy the beauty of the trail. Bugs were few, mainly in the meadows. Last 2 miles to get to Crabtree were gravel road but easily passable with my 17yo 2WD car! There are trout at Jewelry Lake, Deer Lake, and the Buck Lakes, however, they are difficult to catch, easily spooked with a light bite. Location: Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, near the town of Sorona, CA in Northern California east of the San Francisco Bay Area. A beautiful trail that crosses Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, Lily Lake, and Camp Lake along rolling terrain with a nice final section into the Crabtree Trailhead on the western edge of Emigrant Wilderness. For the avid hiker, this might be considered "moderate". The highlights of this hike are of course Bear Lake but also Camp Lake (about halfway in), gorgeous vistas and several lush meadows. the North side has plenty of shade and the terrain is lovely and changes as you hike. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. Overall, stunning scenery. This is definitely much harder than I imagined! Camping at Bear Lake, however, is limited to a single night. Try out Jewelry Lake and Wood Lake to camp. For true backpackers! No matter when you come you will likely encounter quite a few backpackers due to the proximity to the Emigrant Wilderness. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Exactly as described. 181 0 obj > endobj Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. Day 1 – Leavitt Lake to High Emigrant Lake over the volcanics of the Relief Peak Formation. I stood and watched the lake for a few minutes. From Crabtree Camp to Lily Pad Lake September 24, 2012 February 13, 2014 / Tara Taft With our 45-pound packs on our backs, we began our journey about 8:30 a.m. and set out on the Crabtree trail in the Stanislaus National Forest before entering the Emigrant Wilderness. overview. Definitely could be done with one overnight! We were fortunate to have great weather and almost no mosquitos. June 19, 2020. The rocky shore dropped deep into the lake and offered trout places to hide. Off the beaten path, including a road that turns into gravel and potholes (our VW Golf did fine at slow speeds and with proper road assessment to navigate the deeper holes) We went counter clockwise just to give us a shorter way out. On the way, we passed multiple lakes and about 6 people who were backpacking and one day hiker. Day 1: This is the official start of the trip.We will be meeting at 6:00 a.m. in the campground for breakfast, a trailhead talk, and logistics. The trail to Bear Lake is easy to follow and all the intersections are well marked, however, various parts of the trail traverse over granite caps which make it easy to lose sight of the main trail. Tour Utah National Parks: The Mighty 5 & beyond Travel Guide - Duration: 1:30:20. Emigrant Wilderness Loop Backpack: Crabtree Trailhead to Emigrant Lake. Bear Lake rests on Lily Creek just inside the Emigrant Wilderness. We drove out Friday night, camped at the trailhead, and started on the trail at 8 am Saturday morning. The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. You could spend days exploring the area around Deer Lake and never grow weary of your exploits. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. We took the north trail out and made it to Jewelry Lake to camp Saturday night. Although the elevation change is around 600 ft the trail undulates throughout the hike so the amount of climbing is a bit more, albeit easily done by most. We detoured to Bear Lake first, which was pretty crowded. There were some beautiful lakes that popped up and I only ran into a single rancher the entire way back until I was about a mile to the trailhead. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… Also: cows with loud bells. Views are similar to Yosemite (afterall, it's just a bit north of the park - same Sierra's). Fall is a close second due to the color change of the wonderful aspens. Lots of obvious camp sites there. You will hike several miles on pure granite. Only one or two other groups at each lake each night but we started on a Monday. Loved it. Distance: 5 miles. You can camp there. If we get as far as Piute Lake (8 mi, timed 4 to 5 hours by different pace hikers), we should be still on track to reach Huckleberry next day. We started off at the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elevation 8580’) behind the Pinecrest Ranger Station late Friday afternoon. However, the mosquitoes are really bad! When we hit Bear Lake, we turned left and continued up to the northeast corner, keeping the lake on our right. We cut through to Gem lake to get to Deer Lake. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Lots of variety in views and terrain which kept it exciting the whole way. Then off to Buck Lake. The first day's backpack was 9.1 mi / 14.6 km from Crabtree Trailhead to Paiute Lake. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. Very beautiful. Just got back. Some are wide, classic mountain lakes while others are quiet, little gems hidden away in the forest. The South side of the loop is spectacular. lly. Early summer, after the snow melts, is arguably the best time for this hike since the lakes and creeks are at capacity. catmongeon 1 year, 11 months ago Day 1 - Crabtree Trailhead to Bear Lake. Gem Lake via Crabtree Trailhead is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Beautiful 25 mile loop with plenty of options to set up a base camp and do day hikes. The lakes on the way are all pretty great and makes for a great hike with lots of little stops at lakes on your way. Water is not as frequent, though it shouldn't be an issue to fill up in the morning, at lunch, then finally at camp. We did the full loop and there were so many inclines, declines with boulders, large rocks and steep steps . Day 2 Deer Lake, Northside ( 10 miles in) We stayed there all three nights and did day hikes from there. On Sunday, we hiked to Lower Buck Lake and camped. Day 1: Crabtree TH to Piute Meadow, 6.2 miles: Sarah and I woke up early to drive from Oakland, Ca to the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest. It was a pretty moderate hike. We hiked three miles in Friday night and camped Saturday night at wood lake before hiking out in the morning. Lake choked with lilly pads and only a small area to access the water. Crabtree TH to Bear Lake. The trail is in good condition and the snow has melted. 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. The West is Big! The hike out the next day (it is a loop) was mostly downhill. Kim met me at the trailhead and she cooked a great meal and we shared our adventures of the day. The trailhead is usually accessible staring in late June to early July. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. Took 4 hours up and 3 hours down for this first-timer with a 30lb pack (including food and water). I did an overnight and after I set up my tent I did not go out There are endless opportunities for multiday hikes from Gianelli Cabin, try heading toward Long Lake(10miles), Deer Lake(11miles), or Emigrant Lake(15miles) for some solitude, fishing, and excellent swimming/cliff diving. Tons of variety. There is a peak between Gem and Jewelry Lake to climb to watch the best sunset of your life. That was amazing!! The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking. It would have been nice to stay one more night or go on a weekend where it wasn’t freezing. Days: 2 days, 1 night. More Stats for Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) hike trail trail. Camped at Camp, Upper Buck and Grouse. Dont miss it. Did this loop Sunday 8/16 through Wednesday 8/19. A beautiful trail that crosses Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, Lily Lake, and Camp Lake along rolling terrain with a nice final section into the Crabtree Trailhead on the western edge of Emigrant Wilderness. Deer Lake is amazing and has some big rocks and an island in the middle of the lake. The trail was well-maintained with the alpine granite typical of the Sierras. This hike primary trail can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Total mileage was 20 miles. The trail runs along the north side. Spent the first night at the trailhead, the Gem Lake, then Wood Lake. Nice hike this time of year. We'll hike mostly on trail through classic Emigrant country past appropriately named Jewelry and Gem lakes and crossing Cherry and Piute Creeks. This lake is easily approachable from Crabtree Camp. But prettier. There are two trail routes defined on the maps between the trail junction in Grizzly Meadow and Bond Pass. Anyway, so warm overnight I didn't need my sleeping bag. There was a fire near Bear Lake that brought smoke into the skies on Wednesday. Did it in 4 days, 3 nights. Elevation loss: 1,500 feet. Granite near Big Lake, Emigrant wilderness Ca. Go clockwise. I’d much rather hike down the south trail than up it, so I’d do the route clockwise if I went again. THE PLAN Sat 24: Taking off from Crabtree East by Middle Trail.The original plan to hike up to Deer Lake (10.5 mi) sounds nice, but may be unrealistic, given the long drive and heavy packs. The Trail to Deer Lake Wildflowers, Panoramic Views, Tranquil Lakes. The water was refreshing for a dip days 2 and 3! of gear, food, and drinks) for the “drop camp”. Grouse Lake is small. In this case look out for rock stacks to lead the way. Emigrant Lake was much larger than any of the lakes I visited the day before. We hiked the trail clockwise, and it was excellent. The Trail to Bear Lake An Easy Trek to a Secluded Lake. Yes, get water when you can. I refer to the three high elevation meadows at the top of Emigrant Wilderness as the "High Emigrant Basin" while referring to High Emigrant, Grizzly, and Summit Meadows individually as required.. Two Trails . This place is magical. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. A buddy and I hiked most of this loop August 27 - 30. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Day 6: On our last night, we may choose to camp at Piute Meadow, or Lily Pad Lake or Grouse Lake. Admittedly Grouse was a bit subpar for the area. Click to expand photos. Day 3 Grouse Lake (the least pretty (20 miles in) of the lakes, but the camping is quite lovely - get back up into the rocks to avoid the skeeters). I loved it, just wish I would have been more prepared for how hard it would be. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. All of these are lovely, but if I do it again I'll push on to Jewelery Lake for the first night and maybe spend a night at Upper or Lower Buck Lakes instead of Wood. No issues at night, either. June [Re: Heather-ak] balzaccom member Registered: 04/06/09 Posts: 2050 Loc: Napa, CA I would not spend ANY time worring about cougars. All streams and creeks are dried up. Day 3 – Frasier Lakes to Gem Lake via Wood Lake. Also one rancher who was bringing in his cows. Day 2 – High Emigrant Lake to Frasier Lakes, with perhaps the most stunning camp view you’ll ever see. We hiked the full loop. The Emigrant Wilderness is the Yosemite backcountry’s underappreciated cousin. Camp Lake is a perfect resting spot half way in but before moving on to Bear Lake make sure and climb up to the top of the granite on the south side of the lake for magnificent views overlooking Pine Valley. Trail is a bit rocky. Over the 4th of July weekend, my friend Blair invited me out on a girls’ only trip out to Granite Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. There were mosquitos too, but not so many above 8k ft yet. After breakfast we will begin our trek south then east out of the Crabtree trailhead and toward the Emigrant Wilderness and on to Bear Lake. There are several areas where the trail is rocky and easy to lose, just keep an eye on your map. Crabtree Camp has plentiful parking although can get busy during the summer vacation season. Naming High Emigrant Basin. For the hardly athletic, out of shape, older folks, this loop is quite challenging. Crabtree Trail Head Bear Lake Big Lake Buck Lake Camp Lake Cow Meadow Lake Deer Lake Gem Lake Grouse Lake Huckleberry Lake Jewelry Lake Pingree Lake Piute Lake ... swam several times a day, rode up to Emigrant Lake for lunch, cooked up wonderful meals and told great stories at night under the stars. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to … We camped at: 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. Definitely will be back to do a longer loop. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. There wasn’t water between wood lake (the one after lower buck lake) and grouse lake (6ish miles) so plan to pack water accordingly! ... Emigrant Day 5 - Bear Lake to Crabtree Trailhead. The trail this time of year is doable and open. #176316 - 04/08/13 09:01 PM Re: Emigrant: Crabtree Cabin to Wood Lake beg. Not the ideal place for spending the night. Location: Main Features. On Monday, we hiked out the entire 12 miles back to the trailhead. Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Strawberry Branch). This was a two days trip going out to Gem Lake via the Crabtree Trail and back via the Bell Meadow Trail. Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) is a 5 mile blue singletrack alpine trail located near Yosemite California. One day we hiked up through Salt Lick Meadow to Wire Lakes and Long Lake. Great trip. I want to come back in the spring or early summer to see the flowers and running water. Definitely a bit smoky, but for the most part this wasn’t a big deal. A ranger that I met on the trail the day before said that he’d heard anglers catch 25-inch trouts there. Day 4 we hiked the final 5 miles and drove home Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the […] Hi all, I just posted a version of this over at highsierratopix.com and thought it might be useful here too. We hiked from the Crabtree trailhead through Grouse Lake and made it all the way to Deer lake. 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