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