And also saw some shy deer. But most of them were on their way out from Chewing Gum, Y Meadow, and Toejam Lakes. Road. Some of the best sites are half way We got to Grouse Lake had lunch spent some time fishing. Bear lake to Crabtree: Great stop for lunch or a location to get to and set up a base camp for day hikes. From there we made it to a little lake where we had lunch and then down into the valley to cross Lilly Creek. Day 1 started at the Crabtree trail head. Hit up Bear Lake on the way out and it was magnificently beautiful but painfully ice cold. Gluttons for punishment, we went back to the Emigrant Wilderness again, this time with Nikki, Steph's friend, in tow. This was the shortest day, but the incline in elevation was intense for a little while. Tuolumne County is a backpacker's paradise. Wilderness Permits A Wilderness Permit is required for overnight visits to the Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, and Mokelumne Wildernesses from April 1 through November 30. Great trip, loved the cows at Grouse Lake. Station near Pinecrest or back at the Mi-Wuk Village Ranger Station. Die Route ist am besten von April bis Oktober zugänglich. Mostly dirt trails with lots of horse dropping!!! Snow Lake Trail is in the Emigrant Wilderness, part of the Stanislaus National Forest. The out-and-back is about 12 miles with not a great deal of climbing. They can be obtained from any Stanislaus Forest ranger station. There were several trees fallen over the trail that we had to go over, under, or around, but it was no problem getting through. Middle Emigrant is quite shallow with flat meadows on the upstream side, so its size must vary considerably during the season. The trail is pretty well marked until you get down to the lake. OBSERVED: I was camping with my dad at Bear Lake in Emigrant National Wilderness. Bear cans are not required. The trail was fairly moderate elevation rise. - the buggiest campsite (got over 40 mosquito bites, but I’m prone to them) We hiked with our two dogs from Crabtree past Grouse Lake to Piute Creek, where we turned around and came back. Thomas Winnett's Sierra North has long been the best guide to backpacking in the northern Quite a few other groups out there, but we bushwhacked away from the trail and had total peace for our campsite. Gem Lake Loop. Camp Lake (shown right), which has good fishing; but you will find superior campsites at Bear first mile. I spent a lot of time on top of the rocks to do my camp chores. Recommended hike! for the weekend without spending all day on the trail. This was my first backpacking excursion, and i had a great time doing it! If we turned Right here we would hike Southwest around the East shore of Emigrant Meadow Lake past Middle Emigrant Lake to Blackbird, and finally Emigrant Lake. The steep granite cliff that comes down next to the lake is unlike the normal exfoliated domes. With easy walking distance are a number other great lakes. Plenty of water, bugs no so bad, snow at the top, not too muddy or wet. Gotta love that in America, we have such scenic beauty!! For photos: @sunnywithachanceofberries on insta. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. 2. No Camping Loop via Relief Valley Trail. Highly recommend! There was a line across the creek to hold on too. So the "lower" half of the loop. Second day we hiked the 6-7 miles to Grouse Lake. It is located in the Emigrant Wilderness which is just 4 hours outside of San Francisco. 5. See more ideas about pct trail, john muir trail, wilderness. Multiple creeks to cross, but none precarious - the deepest was about knee high, so a pair of water shoes were pretty clutch. We will enter the wilderness from the west, traveling through forested granitic valleys and camping at pristine lakes before arriving at the sparsely vegetated high country at the eastern side of the wilderness. Pct Trail. A few wild animals, perhaps, but that comes with the territory. Then up the switchback to Camp Lake. Check at the ranger station when you pick up your permit. 4. I would 300% recommend climbing to the top of the ridge on the south side of Lilypad Lake. And we met about ninety people and fifteen dogs on our first day's hike. Sonora Pass Vacations website makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of any of its maps. DIFFICULT 18.0 mi. EASY 4.4 mi. It is an elongated area that extends northeast about 25 miles in length and up to 15 miles in width. Category Travel & Events; Song I'll Fly Away (From “O Brother, Where Art Thou” Soundtrack) We did this loop in the clockwise direction from Crabtree trailhead to Bear Lake (~4 miles) where we camped the first night. DIFFICULT 7.7 mi. The trail undulates so there is a little more climbing than appears at first glance, but none of the hills are too challenging. I had just woken up from a loud strange sound, I put my boots on and got out of the tent and heard a very loud howling noise comign from the top of the cliffs nearby. Bugs weren’t terrible but the crowds were a little tricky. After about 0.8 miles, the trail crosses the creek and then leaves it as it climbs a gap that leads to Middle Emigrant Lake. But the glorious high mountain vistas were absolutely worth it! Camping at Bear Lake, however, is limited to a single night. We headed out from Grouse back to the trailhead with a short 3.5 mile hike on Sunday. We got to the Piute Creek and just before we crossed it we decided to stay on the rocks to the right of the trail between the trail and the Piute Creek. Backpacked this loop counterclockwise and camped at Lilypad Lake July 13-14, 2019. 1. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. It's easy to get lost, but a GPS can keep you on the right track. The information provided on this website is done so without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Great spot for sunrise & sunset. We will be back as we now have some many things we want to do and see in this area. I hope you like mosquitoes and because because they ate everywhere. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. 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