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 . The Trail to Bear Lake An Easy Trek to a Secluded Lake. 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. A buddy and I hiked most of this loop August 27 - 30. The highlights of this hike are of course Bear Lake but also Camp Lake (about halfway in), gorgeous vistas and several lush meadows. June 20, 2018. But prettier. There were mosquitos too, but not so many above 8k ft yet. 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. I stood and watched the lake for a few minutes. We hiked from the Crabtree trailhead through Grouse Lake and made it all the way to Deer lake. Over the 4th of July weekend, my friend Blair invited me out on a girls’ only trip out to Granite Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. Did this loop Sunday 8/16 through Wednesday 8/19. I’d much rather hike down the south trail than up it, so I’d do the route clockwise if I went again. Took 4 hours up and 3 hours down for this first-timer with a 30lb pack (including food and water). 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. I did an overnight and after I set up my tent I did not go out Views are similar to Yosemite (afterall, it's just a bit north of the park - same Sierra's). 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. Tour Utah National Parks: The Mighty 5 & beyond Travel Guide - Duration: 1:30:20. 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. Only a few bites at Grouse but didn't even break out the Deet. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. There is a peak between Gem and Jewelry Lake to climb to watch the best sunset of your life. What an amazing place with great fishing and super nice spots to stop and camp. 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. Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. Yes, get water when you can. We drove out Friday night, camped at the trailhead, and started on the trail at 8 am Saturday morning. Crabtree Camp has plentiful parking although can get busy during the summer vacation season. OneHorseRanch 1 year, 5 months ago Bear lake. However, the mosquitoes are really bad! The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. of gear, food, and drinks) for the “drop camp”. 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) Crabtree Camp Trailhead is open from June to November but depending on the snow levels opening and closing dates vary. So more people. You will hike several miles on pure granite. Overall, stunning scenery. 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. Here's a quick report of my trip this past weekend. catmongeon 1 year, 11 months ago Day 1 - Crabtree Trailhead to Bear Lake. 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. Definitely a bit smoky, but for the most part this wasn’t a big deal. The West is Big! This trail goes by Camp Lake, No Camping, and Crabtree Camp. This hike primary trail can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. Emigrant Lake was much larger than any of the lakes I visited the day before. the North side has plenty of shade and the terrain is lovely and changes as you hike. Elevation loss: 1,500 feet. if you stop moving they will eat you a live. On the way, we passed multiple lakes and about 6 people who were backpacking and one day hiker. 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. Day 3 – Frasier Lakes to Gem Lake via Wood Lake. Granite near Big Lake, Emigrant wilderness Ca. Not the ideal place for spending the night. We stayed there all three nights and did day hikes from there. Then off to Buck Lake. Tons of variety. Day 2 Deer Lake, Northside ( 10 miles in) 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. Total mileage was 20 miles. I liked that we got to see so many lakes, 10 or so. When we hit Bear Lake, we turned left and continued up to the northeast corner, keeping the lake on our right. Great trip. This was very strenuous and was made way slower by all the snow on the south trail. Deer Lake is amazing and has some big rocks and an island in the middle of the lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking. Grouse Lake is small. 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. We took the north trail out and made it to Jewelry Lake to camp Saturday night. The Trail to Deer Lake Wildflowers, Panoramic Views, Tranquil Lakes. 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. We did the full loop and there were so many inclines, declines with boulders, large rocks and steep steps . A ranger that I met on the trail the day before said that he’d heard anglers catch 25-inch trouts there. It is there, but with the heat, it is not abundant. We detoured to Bear Lake first, which was pretty crowded. Spent the first night at the trailhead, the Gem Lake, then Wood Lake. All streams and creeks are dried up. Day 1 – Leavitt Lake to High Emigrant Lake over the volcanics of the Relief Peak Formation. Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) is a 5 mile blue singletrack alpine trail located near Yosemite California. The trail was well-maintained with the alpine granite typical of the Sierras. Join me, Steve and Brian on an epic and breathtaking 34-mile journey through the Emigrant Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. You can camp there. I barely made it through each days and was so wiped out every day it was difficult to enjoy the beauty of the trail. We hiked three miles in Friday night and camped Saturday night at wood lake before hiking out in the morning. I loved it, just wish I would have been more prepared for how hard it would be. For true backpackers! The South side of the loop is spectacular. 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. On Sunday, we hiked to Lower Buck Lake and camped. We started off at the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elevation 8580’) behind the Pinecrest Ranger Station late Friday afternoon. There was also a cold snap that weekend, so nighttime temperatures were freezing, bring layers. Camping at Bear Lake, however, is limited to a single night. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. 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 –… We were fortunate to have great weather and almost no mosquitos. 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. Last 2 miles to get to Crabtree were gravel road but easily passable with my 17yo 2WD car! Distance: 5 miles. Exactly as described. 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. The trail this time of year is doable and open. 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. Only one or two other groups at each lake each night but we started on a Monday. It would have been nice to stay one more night or go on a weekend where it wasn’t freezing. The water was refreshing for a dip days 2 and 3! Trail is a bit rocky. Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Strawberry Branch). Day 1 Camp Lake (3 miles in) Camp Lake, a little misnamed since there’s like 1 camping spot here, haha. Also one rancher who was bringing in his cows. Camped at Camp, Upper Buck and Grouse. 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. #176316 - 04/08/13 09:01 PM Re: Emigrant: Crabtree Cabin to Wood Lake beg. Nice hike this time of year. June [Re: Heather-ak] balzaccom member Registered: 04/06/09 Posts: 2050 Loc: Napa, CA I would not spend ANY time worring about cougars. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Lots of obvious camp sites there. On Monday, we hiked out the entire 12 miles back to the trailhead. One day we hiked up through Salt Lick Meadow to Wire Lakes and Long Lake. There are several areas where the trail is rocky and easy to lose, just keep an eye on your map. Day 2 – High Emigrant Lake to Frasier Lakes, with perhaps the most stunning camp view you’ll ever see. Loved it. The trailhead is usually accessible staring in late June to early July. Admittedly Grouse was a bit subpar for the area. This is definitely much harder than I imagined! 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. We camped at: Bugs were few, mainly in the meadows. 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. There was a fire near Bear Lake that brought smoke into the skies on Wednesday. ... Emigrant Day 5 - Bear Lake to Crabtree Trailhead. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. Early summer, after the snow melts, is arguably the best time for this hike since the lakes and creeks are at capacity. The rocky shore dropped deep into the lake and offered trout places to hide. lly. Beautiful 25 mile loop with plenty of options to set up a base camp and do day hikes. Did it in 4 days, 3 nights. High 80, low 47. Click to expand photos. Lots of variety in views and terrain which kept it exciting the whole way. The Emigrant Wilderness is the Yosemite backcountry’s underappreciated cousin. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… Hi all, I just posted a version of this over at highsierratopix.com and thought it might be useful here too. More Stats for Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) hike trail trail. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. Day 6: On our last night, we may choose to camp at Piute Meadow, or Lily Pad Lake or Grouse Lake. We had Buck lake to ourselves and it was amazingly beautiful. We'll hike mostly on trail through classic Emigrant country past appropriately named Jewelry and Gem lakes and crossing Cherry and Piute Creeks. June 19, 2020. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. Where: Emigrant Wilderness, California When: May 26-28th, 2018 Who: Sarah and Ben Permits: Free at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, Ca. People go off the trail to the south side. Bear Lake rests on Lily Creek just inside the Emigrant Wilderness. 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. Some are wide, classic mountain lakes while others are quiet, little gems hidden away in the forest. This lake is easily approachable from Crabtree Camp. Campsite elevation: 7,600 feet. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. 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