lly. 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. The water was refreshing for a dip days 2 and 3! We drove out Friday night, camped at the trailhead, and started on the trail at 8 am Saturday morning. We'll hike mostly on trail through classic Emigrant country past appropriately named Jewelry and Gem lakes and crossing Cherry and Piute Creeks. #176316 - 04/08/13 09:01 PM Re: Emigrant: Crabtree Cabin to Wood Lake beg. Exactly as described. The Trail to Bear Lake An Easy Trek to a Secluded Lake. Hiking the Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail . June 19, 2020. Also one rancher who was bringing in his cows. Nice hike this time of year. Only one or two other groups at each lake each night but we started on a Monday. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. 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 . We hiked three miles in Friday night and camped Saturday night at wood lake before hiking out in the morning. That was amazing!! There was a fire near Bear Lake that brought smoke into the skies on Wednesday. Location: Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, near the town of Sorona, CA in Northern California east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Check with the Summit Ranger District for area status before visiting. It is there, but with the heat, it is not abundant. It would have been nice to stay one more night or go on a weekend where it wasn’t freezing. Altitude change-474 ft. Altitude min. The trailhead is usually accessible staring in late June to early July. Did this as an overnight with my dog 09/26-09/17/2020. The trail runs along the north side. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. Emigrant Lake was much larger than any of the lakes I visited the day before. People go off the trail to the south side. I liked that we got to see so many lakes, 10 or so. Beautiful 25 mile loop with plenty of options to set up a base camp and do day hikes. Dogs are also able to use this trail. It was a pretty moderate hike. 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. Day 1 – Leavitt Lake to High Emigrant Lake over the volcanics of the Relief Peak Formation. Views are similar to Yosemite (afterall, it's just a bit north of the park - same Sierra's). When we hit Bear Lake, we turned left and continued up to the northeast corner, keeping the lake on our right. Join me, Steve and Brian on an epic and breathtaking 34-mile journey through the Emigrant Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. We started off at the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elevation 8580’) behind the Pinecrest Ranger Station late Friday afternoon. So more people. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the […] overview. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. 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. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Definitely a bit smoky, but for the most part this wasn’t a big deal. 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. The Trail to Deer Lake Wildflowers, Panoramic Views, Tranquil Lakes. The first day's backpack was 9.1 mi / 14.6 km from Crabtree Trailhead to Paiute Lake. Try out Jewelry Lake and Wood Lake to camp. Did it in 4 days, 3 nights. The hike is definitely buggy, but with magic bug repellent lotion (Ultrathon) and mosquito nets for our faces, we were fine. There are two trail routes defined on the maps between the trail junction in Grizzly Meadow and Bond Pass. Camping at Bear Lake, however, is limited to a single night. This is definitely much harder than I imagined! 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