Passed so many lakes I can’t remember them all. Both Gem on Friday and Piute on Saturday were very busy--dozens of people camped at each place. Beautiful eastern Sierra hike. Gorgeous hike in with buddies, and camping at Piute. Also to find the trail after crossing (and to know you're supposed to be crossing without a bridge), All Trails was a savior. ... Trip 1 (Loop): Crabtree trailhead to Camp Lake, Piute Meadow, Grouse Lake, and Pine Valley. Paiute Meadow and Fremont Lake is a 22.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bridgeport, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. I just kept running.
9/13/2014 - On the last day of our 11 day backpacking trip in Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite National Park, we stopped briefly at Piute Lake to pick up water, which we then sterilized. Hidden Lake was lovely and there were no other souls there. ... Piute Lake would make a great camp site. Coming back trail sign was confusing. We got good campsites by arriving early but folks who arrived late might have had trouble. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. The grandeur sights of the granite valley still made it a worthwhile trek. Watersheds drain to the Stanislaus and … Day 1: Meet at Crabtree trailhead by 10 a.m. We begin our trek past Pine Valley and Camp Lake, up an 8,000-foot pass to camp at what is informally known … Stay above creek-level unless you have a strong desire to bush whack. This truly is literally amazing and ends of the awesome place I’ve ever seen. *Please* don't build these kinds of things. This was a great hike. And forget bathroom breaks, you would be swarmed immediately (even with bug spray). Only thing we weren’t prepared for was how dry the creeks were! Awesome swimming, no bug problem (and I am eaten alive if there is one squito nearby), lots of crayfish and chipmunks to watch. This part of the trail was a bit more exposed. There are several ways to get to the headwaters. We had planned a 2-night backpack trip with both nights at Piute Lake and taking a day hike from there to Gem and Jewelry Lakes and beyond. Horses frequent the trail, and we also saw a deer. Piute Creek is down to to pools of standing water that don't look great. There was only one disappointing thing on this hike: the large amount of cairns and other items left behind by other hikers - someone even jury-rigged a *very* unsafe bridge out of three peices of wood and two bits of paracord. The fastest way is to follow the creek right up until you have a straight shot up to the saddle on the ridge separating Cherry Creek from the lake (stay far enough away from the creek to avoid bushwhacking but close enough that you don't have to scramble and zig zag too much through the rocks on the sides of the canyon - the South side of the creek is probably better for this). For trips entering Yosemite National Park Wilderness from Cherry Lake, Kibbie Ridge, or Lake Eleanor, visit any district office or call the Groveland Ranger District by phone no more than 24 hours in advance of your trip. Did this awesome trail the week of July 17th. Had so much fun on this trail! So much fun swimming in the lakes and lots of water to fill up! We saw the bottom half of the carcass stripped pretty well. So much fun swimming in the lakes and lots of water to fill up! The water conditions at Piute left a lot to be desired, but Gem Lake had crystal clear waters as long as you avoided the little inlets with poor circulation. Emigrant Wilderness: Trail Mileages Stanislaus National Forest ROG 16-27; 06/12 Trailhead: Gianelli Cabin ... Piute Lake 8.0 Whiteside Meadow 8.1 Toejam Lake Trail 9.1 Gem Lake 9.5 Salt Lick Meadow 9.7 Toejam Lake 10.1 Jewelry Lake 10.5 Deer Lake 11.3 Long Lake 11.9 Buck Lake 12.4 Long/Wire Lake Trail 12.8 Wire Lake 13.4 Emigrant Lake 15.9 Emigrant Trail Jct. The second half (valley hike) was beautiful and had a few nice streams to dip your feet in. We camped on the far side of Lane Lake in maybe the third-best site on both lakes, right at the junction with the trail to Hidden Lake but traffic was not an issue. Emigrant is the show stopper of all the lakes, but all are wonderful. Thank the late snow melt lol. Trail was very easy to follow for the most part - it was a bit washed out in parts of the section between the Buck Lakes, but wasn't hard to find with a close eye. The Emigrant Wilderness contains thousands of acres of pine forests, grassy meadows, glacier-carved granite ridges, and hundreds of mountain lakes. They're very much against Leave No Trace principles, not to mention forest regulations, and they really damage the wilderness experience for the rest of us! We didn't even bother with breakfast, but just broke camp and got out of there as fast as possible. It is bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Toiyabe National Forest and the Hoover Wilderness on the east, and State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on the north. ... We headed back up to the main trail then turned left towards Deer Lake, then Gem Lake, then Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, and finally Camp … Lovely. Dry on the way in and out! People go off the trail to the south side. Piute Creek is down to to pools of standing water that don't look great. Wondering if a few weeks of warm weather has cleared them out some? Kim met me at the trailhead and she cooked a great meal and we shared our adventures of the day. However, this trip is only 40 miles if you stay on the trail. The trail was only spotty between Lower Buck and Wood Lake. I would recommend this trail, but perhaps later in the year when the mosquitoes are gone. All in all a bucket list 40 miler plus with great friends. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude for backpacking. There were plenty of cars parked along the road in as well. Beautiful views but be warned as you hike in the bugs get worse and worse! We then continued the uphill trail to a summit with great views, then downhill. We had read bear canisters were required, so those worked well for keeping our food safe. The Department of Fish and Game estimates that 42 lakes in this basin have rainbows, 28 have brookies, 6 have goldens, 2 have rainbows and brookies and 1 has rainbows and brown trout. We (2 adults and 2 dogs) backpacked from Crabtree to Gem Lake on July 31, did a short day hike to Deer Lake and then broke camp and moved to Piute Lake on Aug. 1, and packed out on Aug. 2. ... We had planned a 2-night backpack trip with both nights at Piute Lake and taking a day hike from there to Gem and Jewelry … Definitely the deeper you go in the less people you see. We got lost after Lane Lake, and took some time to find the way to pass around the secret lake. Walker River Headwaters: Lake Hopping Sept 18-21, 2012 Last week I did a 40-mile lake-hopping loop from Leavitt Meadows up into the headwaters of the West Walker River, in Emigrant Wilderness, CA. Itinerary. Emigrant is the show stopper of all the lakes, but all are wonderful. Poore lake was 80% dried up as of October 2020. Think the correct trail was the correct way. I don't run there in summer months the trail is all dust and deep sand from horses. The “off trail” portion had signs posted today that a large carcass had the potential to attract bears so beware. While the navigation is easy, you will need to be proficient with a map and compass and/or GPS, and the route finding through the boulders can be very tricky at some points. There is a wealth of lakes spread out among the 100,000 acre of this pristine wilderness. This is a great hike. Beautiful hike overall. There is a nice large campsite next to the creek. Mosquitoes at only a few places on the trail, particularly near Lilypad and Deer Lakes, and essentially none at Gem or Piute Lakes. And forget bathroom breaks, you would be swarmed immediately (even with bug spray). Did trip clockwise and was perfect. Alternatively, if you'd really like to capture the view of the valley, hit the crest first while the sun is shining on it. Elevation loss: 1,500 feet. Went the weekend of July 18-19. Then, once over the saddle, skirt to the east of the massive thicket of manzanita by following the rocks down to the creek drainage, then immediately cross the creek and hike up the granite on the other side where you'll find much easier terrain. - the side-hike to Poore Lake is really not worth it unless you want to descend a considerable distance to the lake shore, there really isn't a good view point. Piute Creek was rock-hoppable and Lily Creek looked like it might be but we opted to remove our boots and wade. Water was not an issue at all, started everyday with 2 liters and easily filled throughout the day. Great trail with reasonable condition. Mosquitoes at only a few places on the trail, particularly near Lilypad and Deer Lakes, and essentially none at Gem or Piute Lakes. Lots of the smaller creeks still had some water for our two dogs. We went counter clockwise and there was no flowing water until we were about 6-7 miles out so definitely pack plenty of water. Around Lane lake also has a couple of good places to camp for the night. I probably would *not* follow these GPS tracks again. It is bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Toiyabe National Forest and the Hoover Wilderness on the east, and State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on the north. … Overall a great trip, highly recommend. You need the find the path by the north side of the secret lake. We encountered a group of hikers on our way to the lake that were abandoning their search for the lake. A little ways upstream of this camp was a shallow and slow-moving area we chose to ford the river. Otherwise, trail was dry. 3 days, 2 nights. Terrain is pretty (if not particularly dramatic compared to other parts of the Sierras) and the variety - forest, lakes, meadows, rivers, granite slabs - kept things interesting. During the trip we will also learn about the history of the Emigrant Wilderness and the impact of drought and climate change on this rugged American landscape. No bugs. We took the relatively flat route into Roosevelt and Lane Lakes, ~4 miles or less in 2.5 hr with lots of stops to talk to the flowers (great wildflowers at this time!). We camped on the bluffs just East of Gem Lake thinking it would be windy to help clear the bugs. Made camp at Gem Lake with few mosquitoes to be seen...but starting around 8PM was when they came out with a vengeance. It has it all: mountain valley, mountain lakes, mountain crests and very few people! We did this as a three-day two-night backpacking trip, after several years without a pack. Emigrant Lake: 140 acres at 8827' elevation, about 15 miles from the trailhead. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. Tons of wildflowers right now. We (2 adults and 2 dogs) backpacked from Crabtree to Gem Lake on July 31, did a short day hike to Deer Lake and then broke camp and moved to Piute Lake on Aug. 1, and packed out on Aug. 2. Made it just past Lane Lake before trail was underwater. We much preferred our return route where we immediately descended the saddle and then stayed low (find my Day 2 GPS track for reference). Followed sign that said “Leavitt Meadows hikers” downhill trail at small split. No mosquitos! The backpacking community on YouTube has helped me so much, and I thought it would be good to give back by making a video of the Emigrant Wilderness. The trailhead doubles as a camp where those heading into the Emigrant Wilderness can spend the night before beginning their trek. Lots of obvious … Once you cross the river, the GPS track would have you believe there are 2 options to ascend to the saddle. Had so much fun on this trail! The lake is considered a premier destination for the Emigrant Wilderness. Filter; Copy to my Lists Share Explore Emigrant Wilderness - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. What an absolutely beautiful location! Has anyone been up here since mid - June and can speak to how the mosquito issues are? Explore Emigrant Wilderness - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. The Emigrant Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest is a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada. We built a number of cairns on our return route since we didn't see any on our way in (and we would have appreciated it). Once you reach the saddle, the GPS track with the map would have you believe you must descend into a bunch of bushes, or into a weird canyon to climb back out, but we found (by trial and error) that is much more enjoyable to follow the contour line pretty much straight to Hyatt Lake. Emigrant Wilderness is in Stanislaus National Forest, North of Yosemite. Arrived at the trailhead around 10:30AM and the lot was already full, and barely snagged the last open spot along the overflow parking road. The plan was to start at the Crabtree Trailhead and spend three nights hiking to/around Gem Lake. gain was no more than about 500'. Very crowded up to Camp Lake but pretty clear after that! Nice breeze, some bright yellow birds, but when crossing little streams to get there and right by the water there were some mosquitos; I say this only to suggesting bringing bug cream, because that did the trick. Mosquitos at Gem Lake were so bad we had to spend our evening in our tent. More. We lost the trail going in, and ended up climbing over a bunch of down trees, but there IS in fact a trail! First of all, I would like to point out that this route is not actually a loop - the GPS track posted here is 2 cross country attempts to get to and from Hyatt. Spend eight days backpacking deep into the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness, the High Sierra’s best-kept secret just north of Yosemite National Park. Descend the granite face to the creek. Arrived on a Thursday evening and the parking lot at the trailhead was almost full so it definitely gets crowded. Expand++. The crossing this time of the year is typically shoulder deep, but because of the little rain we received in California, the crossing was just below the waist. Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402 Nope! The following day saw swarms of mosquitoes around Gem and Piute lakes (and again at Cherry Creek). I also see people camping by the lakes, behind the rocks to hide away from the wind. Trip 2 (Out-and-back): Gianelli trailhead to Powell … Upper Buck Lake is also perfect for camping. Day hike to Hidden Lake, started with some gravel and longer than we thought; had to ford a river/stream taking boots off and using hands on the mid-stream rocks for balance. Reprieve really only came after passing the unnamed lake ~1.5 miles east of Camp Lake. Trail is very exposed, in particular on the climbs and descents (there is some forest cover over the flat areas along the lakes and meadows), which made it extra tiring to hike this time of year. Great trail but the mileage is closer to 20...just hiked it yesterday (7-27-19). Day 6: On our last night, we may choose to camp at Piute Meadow, or Lily Pad Lake or Grouse Lake. Nope! With all the tent sites, we only saw two other groups, though admittedly it was after 10pm and dark so we didn’t look very hard. The Emigrant Wilderness is a vast and stunning wilderness area of Stanislaus National Forest located in the Sierra Nevada. Mosquitos were extremely intense in a couple of areas (in particular, between Deer and Upper Buck Lakes and along Woods Lake, where I was bitten maybe 15-20 times in the time it took me to take out and spray on the DEET), and tolerable in most other areas. Most of the time on the trail was spent navigating a path across the granite mountain sides after crossing the river. One afternoon we had thunderstorms and hail for a copy of hours so don’t forget the rain gear. Great trail but the mileage is closer to 20...just hiked it yesterday (7-27-19). On our way in, we basically went gradually up along the granite face until we reached the saddle contour line and continued along this way -- would not recommend (unless you love bush whacking and the occasional loose granite flakes). Contains rainbows and brookies, some in trophy size. There were less people present here, and we easily found a camping spot close to the lake, where there were a lot of crawfish at the waters edge. The second half (valley hike) was beautiful and had a few nice streams to dip your feet in. We're going to try this again, but not for another couple of weeks! Our hiking schedule is not rigid -- how far we get each day and where we camp depends on how we feel, the weather, and other factors outside our control. Waterfall at the end is… ok. Route finding is required, but this is gentle country. After gold was discovered in … The bugs were not terrible. Instead, you can get a great view of that same lake from the crest part of the trail
We're going to drive up Friday AM to the Crabtree Trailhead. The following day saw swarms of mosquitoes around Gem and Piute lakes (and again at Cherry Creek). But if you have adventure in mind, then you will totally be blown away! The 1400' Elevation Gain stated must be cumulative vertical because I did the loop and elev. Conditions as of 6/14/2020: No snow to drive over or trek through, downed tree has been removed and you can drive right up to the trailhead (with a high clearance vehicle), creek is easily fordable (will have to take off your boots), no bugs at the lake, but present in the forest. Lily and Cherry Creeks are both flowing but easy to walk across. Trailhead to Huckleberry lake on Saturday and then back to Crabtree on Sunday. We continued and reached Cherry Creek, one of the deepest crossings. Wondering if a few weeks of warm weather has cleared them out some? Thank the late snow melt lol. My 14 year old son and I attempted Hyatt Lake as an overnighter but came up a little short on time and camped out along the trail about a mile from the lake. Ended up meandering around the meadow before trail blazing back up to the higher trail we went out on. We were driven back after one night by the mosquitoes, the worst I've seen in the Sierra. Otherwise the trip was great, with lovely views and a spectacular starry moonless sky from the tent. At one point we went over 24 hours without seeing anyone. Mosquitos at Gem Lake were so bad we had to spend our evening in our tent. We didn't even bother with breakfast, but just broke camp and got out of there as fast as possible. Great trail through a very scenic canyon, ending at one of the most beautiful lakes in the Sierras. (It was much clearer upon our return.) Attempted to do the full loop in 3 days starting 8/2, but ended up cutting the trip short by a day and looping back at Buck Lakes, because the heat and lack of shade was a bit rough on the dog. Day 9: (Piute Lake to Crabtree Trailhead) Our last day will take us past Camp Lake then down to the Crabtree Trailhead, where we will say goodbye to the alpine lakes and glacial landscape of the Emigrant Wilderness. 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 –… Absolutely beautiful the whole trip. I got destroyed despite wearing long sleeves and long pants. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. All in all, super great! A couple of pro-tips for those who want to brave this hike themselves:
Started on Saturday and finished the following Friday. The northeastern section of ... as the Piute tribe of the Great Basin, on the east-ern slope of the Sierra. We went out early August and luckily there were barely any mosquitos. Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 7:00 AM: July 13:The 3 people going decided yesterday we would change this trip back to Emigrant Wilderness. We took a half zero day due to inclement weather. Definitely recommend getting an early start if doing this on a warm day, as the last climb from Cherry Creek to Gem Lake can get very hot. Pretty level. We had to park a mile short of the trailhead and hike to it as the dirt road continuing on was blocked by snowpack and a few downed trees. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. After that, it becomes an off-trail route with little evidence that there was ever a trail. Plenty of creeks to resupply water too. 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