The landscape is varied, which keeps things interesting. A backpacker hikes along the trail from Crabtree Camp trailhead to Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, CA. The trail, which is not regularly maintained and may at times be hard to follow, initially descends slightly to 7300', then stays mostly fl... Backpack Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness, Backpack to Bear Lake (Emigrant Wilderness). Camp Lake, a little misnamed since there’s like 1 camping spot here, haha. Wilderness Permits are required and can be picked up at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, California. This is a moderate out and back trail in Emigrant Wilderness. Find hikes, backpacking, photo spots, and more around Tuolumne County. There are opportunities for camping along this stretch of the trail, but be prepared for it to be more exposed. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. From Grouse Lake, its another mile to your next junction and from here, you'll climb another mile before hiking down your final mile toward the trailhead. 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. I am planning a 3 night backpacking trip in August using the Crabtree trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. ( Log Out /  At the first junction, continue slightly right toward Camp Lake. Search campgrounds, glamping, and hotels near Tuolumne County. Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. We will enter the wilderness from the west, Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Water was plentiful. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Click here to view a map of the route on AllTrails.com…. Emigrant Wilderness is in Stanislaus National Forest, North of Yosemite. Mileage: ~20 miles, ~2,500 elevation gain. Amazing views. adventures and follow local regulations. by belowi » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:47 pm . Yeah, I no longer have to worry about the dust spot. Love Yosemite but find the crowds and line to get into the park a bit of a drag? Granite Dome in Emigrant Wilderness. In the Emigrant Wilderness, grazing or holding more than four stock overnight within one-quarter mile of Rosasco, Pingree, Piute, Gem, Jewelry, Long, or Maxwell Lakes is prohibited due to limited forage. We took a last minute weekend trip and used this post as a guide. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. It was so helpful... and accurate. Dogs are also able to use this trail. A short 2.5-3 hour drive from our place in Oakland, it's a great spot for a quick single day or overnight climbing excursion. All Trails is a great web applications to plan and do backcountry adventures. From Gem Lake, follow the smaller, less maintained trail down the rock formations for about .5 mile. It can be difficult to follow so make sure you're paying attention. I am hoping to do a loop that will go up to Chewing Gum Lakes, Wire Lakes and Buck Lakes. Gem Lake in Emigrant Wilderness, California, Pinecrest, United States. In another mile you will reach the wilderness line and shortly after that Camp Lake. Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Spend several days or a week "day hiking" to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls... returning each night to … The following trips can be completed in one day from Gem Lake: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out /  Camp: Gem Lake. There was ample opportunity to filter water, both from the lakes and steams. The TripSpend eight days backpacking deep into the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness, the High Sierra’s best kept secret just north of Yosemite National Park.The Emigrant Wilderness is a landscape of incredible beauty with broad expanses of granite peaks, glacially sculpted gorges, alpine lakes, mountain streams, and deep canyons. Enjoy your time there but know that you may not want to camp here as it can get crowded in the high season. Overnight Backpacking to Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanuslaus National Forest. Getting the permit was very easy. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your Length 44.3 miElevation gain 6,246 ftRoute type Loop Making California’s wild places accessible to you! The hardest part was making sure we got to the ranger station before close. Well, look no further than Emigrant Wilderness. This trip begins at ~7500 feet at the Box Springs Trailhead This trail is at the end of Forest Route 3N20Y. of gear, food, and drinks) for the “drop camp”. You can find the trailhead in the NW corner of the parking lot. Start and end at the Crabtree Trailhead. Most of Emigrant Wilderness is easily accessible cross country due to many gently-sloping wide open granite bowls and domes. After dropping off  the gear, we will eat breakfast and then head over to the trailhead to begin the hike. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. From the next junction, continue right for 2.7 miles toward Groundhog meadow. There are lots of incredible spots to stop and camp along the way. Plus, it seems odd that I have not explored the Emigrant more. Thanks again! Trailhead: Crabtree Trailhead is a popular entrance to the Emigrant Wilderness. From here we move a short distance to our camp and home for the week. We opted to continue on and camp further along the trail. The trail meanders between thick forest and open granite-filled vistas. Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area… Hike in 8 miles to a base camp at Gem Lake while horses carry your gear. The incline is moderate for the next 2 miles but the lake lends itself to having a nice break. And good for you to pick out those flying vermin in … #196053 - 07/09/16 11:50 PM Re: Huckleberry Lake, Emigrant Wilderness balzaccom member Registered: 04/06/09 Posts: 2045 Loc: Napa, CA Thanks Rick. From here, you'll climb for 1.2 miles gaining about 500 feet in elevation. 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. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to pick yours up. ( Log Out /  Location: Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, near the town of Sorona, CA in Northern California east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Gem Lake Grouse Lake Huckleberry Lake Jewelry Lake Pingree Lake Piute Lake Rosasco Lake Wood Lake Yellowhammer Lake Gianelli's Trail Head Chewing Gum Lake ... Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude for backpacking. Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake. There are desolate, alpine stretches with towering granite walls that give way to thick, lush forests and meadows filled with wild flowers. (Long Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California) $350: Winter Light 4-plate aquatint etching, 8 x 15" (West from Helen Putnam Regional Park, Petaluma, California) $250: Pacific Light 4-plate aquatint etching, 8 x 16" (South from McClures Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, California) The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from August until September. Like Yosemite, it has towering granite mountains and spectacular alpine lakes. Image Page. Change ). The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. Where: Emigrant Wilderness, California When: May 26-28th, 2018 Who: Sarah and Ben Permits: Free at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, Ca. The weather varies greatly between the day and night so make sure you are prepared for the cold and wind, even in the summer. Overall, this trail lends itself to great backpacking. Hike in 8 miles to a base camp at Gem Lake while horses carry your gear. Granite Dome to Ridge Lake and Iceland Lake, Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake, Leopold Lake, Deer Lake and Gem Lake, Bear Lake and Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop, Aspen Meadow Road, Crabtree Camp and Buck Lakes Loop, Emigrant Wilderness and Sachse Monument Loop. We did this as a two night trip, but if you were tight on time you could do it in one night, with two longer days. You can't camp around the lake but if you scramble up to the right of the trail there are large granite boulders that are flat enough for camping. This challenging loop has alpine lakes, awesome views, lush forests, easy off trail scrambling, good water sources, and is less than 3.5 hours from San Francisco. It follows the PCT south on a pure and beautiful ribbon of trail that dances on each side of the crest past Leavitt Peak and separates from the PCT onto the High Emigrant Lake trail just before Emigrant Pass. We will meet up with the Packer and then encounter our dropped gear. This challenging loop has alpine lakes, awesome views, lush forests, easy off trail scrambling, good water sources, and is less than 3.5 hours from San Francisco. We chose not to get water here as the lake was full of algae and instead got it from Lily Creek less than 1 mile further down the trail. Long Way to Long Lake – Emigrant Wilderness: Stanislaus National Forest. Gem Lake Loop, Emigrant Wilderness The fires last September squashed our original plans of hiking the Thousand Island Lake loop, so I spent hours trying to find a last minute, not smokey/not on fire backpacking trip that my mom, my aunt and I could go on for their first backpacking trip. Start by picking up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest - (209) 965-3434. Spend several days or a week “day hiking” to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls… returning each night to the same comfortable camp. Alternatively, you can power on for another mile to reach Gem Lake and take a break there. The trail doesn't have a distinct up or down but rather various points of ascending and descending, which kept it challenging but not too hard. If you start late on a Friday night like we did, this might be a good place to camp. Wilderness Permits are required and can be picked up at the, White Wolf Yosemite to Tuolumne Meadows Trek up the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River North America, Emigrant Wilderness on the Stanislas National Forest, Click here to view a map of the route on AllTrails.com, Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness Sierra Nevada Wonderland of Granite Rocks, On My Bucket list: Major River Canyons of the Sierra Nevada de California, Friends Guiding Friends Backpacking in the Sierra Nevada of California. Look for the small, wooden bridge if you're having trouble. Making California’s last wild places accessible to you. The route starts at Sonora Pass and enters the Emigrant Wilderness on its northeast edge. To get there start heading up to Dodge Ridge Ski Area on Highway 108, turn right towards the cross country ski … ( Log Out /  We will arrive in the afternoon to explore Pinecrest, pick up our permit and do a short warm-up hike. We will hike about 8 miles with light weight “day packs”… just carrying the essentials. Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area… Hike in 8 miles to a base camp at Gem Lake while horses carry your gear. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by … Please explore responsibly! There's no quota for this area, so no need for reservations in advance.To reach the trailhead, make your way south from the Ranger Station and... We first found the Gianelli Edges mentioned in the Climbers Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway. After you cross Plute Creek you'll see a small trail to lead you to Groundhog Meadow but continue on the main trail toward Plute Lake. 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. This is the largest and most scenic lake on the loop. Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area…. © 2021 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. Days: 2 days, 1 night. ) but not have to travel far from Groveland. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I wanted to do a short trip to test some gear (a new sleeping bag & … Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail is a 19.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. If you're not going to make it to the station by the time it closes, give them a call and they can leave it in a box for you to pick up. Trails: out via Crabtree and back via Bell Meadow trail. This trail goes by Camp Lake, No Camping, and Crabtree Camp. 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 trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station  The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. The next 3.6 miles is a steady mix of moderate inclines and declines. This loop starts at Crabtree trailhead, which has bathrooms, lots of parking, and campsites for one night. We will “car” camp or rent rooms for the night. Thank you so much for posting this. Length 19.5 miElevation gain 3172 ftRoute type Loop Just head out 120 toward Yo... Chewing Gum Lakes is located in Emigrant Wilderness, South of Lake Tahoe and North of Yosemite, with stunning valley views and gorgeous granite faces, peaking through the tree lines of the Stanislaus National Forest. 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