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. We set up camp on the North side of the lake. Those times I've went, I can count the number of people I've run into on two hands. Sierra Nevada. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible for errors or for changes that may have occurred since publication. Next time for sure. Then up the switchback to Camp Lake. - roughly 6 miles, steep climb near the end (rock trail) We cross on a couple down logs just to the left of the trail when you go to cross. No wonder Ansel Adams loved these mountains. Includes details of wilderness areas, latest sierra wilderness news, resources for planning your trip, and notes from professionals in the field. It is about 50 miles east of Sonora off Hwy 108. - good amount of switchbacks; pretty lake at the top that made it worth it After lunch my son stood up quick and from the high altitude he got a massive bloody nose. Blackbird Lake is just a bit East of Emigrant Lake, where we would find Mosquito Pass leading North. Snow Lake Trail is in the Emigrant Wilderness, part of the Stanislaus National Forest. It was just a really loud howling sound almost like the sound a gorilla makes. Natures raw beauty and sweet serenity. At Grouse Lake we found a spacious camp site with a large stone fire ring on the North of the Lake and trail. Crabtree Camp … Beautiful, but definitely not for the faint of heart. The trail undulates so there is a little more Lake. I camped in an area under some trees and I couldn't be outside of my hammock for a minute before I got swarmed. And we are free to hike around in it without fear of crazy people hiding in the mountains. Quite a climb in altitude had my heart pounding! Our first clue was the more than fifty cars at the trailhead. Hiking Trails (31) Reviews (27) 1. Things to note: The 4.5-miles hike to Chewing Gum Lake passes among wildflowers and has panoramic views of the Stanislaus River watershed. 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. The Emigrant Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest is a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada. We stopped to have lunch at an unnamed lake we called Lily Pond Lake. Enjoy. From there we made it to a little lake where we had lunch and then down into the valley to cross Lilly Creek. It is an elongated area that extends northeast about 25 miles in length and up to 15 miles in width. Day 2 packed up camp and set of for Bear Lake. Even slathered in deet didn't repel them. We made it to Camp Lake, lots of camper and people however great sites to camp. Oh! This glaciated landscape is perfect for the young, old or beginning backpacker seeking serenity for a few days. Great spot for sunrise & sunset. Emigrant Wilderness, Bear Lake 10/12- 10/14/07. Road. This Sonora, CA — A hiker was rescued with a CHP Valley Division Air Operations helicopter at Bear Lake in Tuolumne County’s Emigrant Wilderness. Lots of nice flat camping spots up on the granite ledge south of the lake & trail at Lilypad. Bugs weren’t terrible but the crowds were a little tricky. We didn’t make Bear on this trip. We stayed on west side of Piute creek at the loop connector trail, the creek was flowing fast. Buck Lake Dam Loop. Cross the little bridge and set out on the trail for Bear Lake, climbing steadily for the In this 9th edition written with Kathy Morey you will find a section on a variety of hikes which begin at This trail goes by Camp Lake and Crabtree Camp. The last weekend of September all of the creeks were dry, the lakes were a little low but still beautiful. first mile. The out-and-back is about 12 miles with not a great deal of climbing. When they wrote "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" they were in the Emigrant Wilderness. The views from the top of the passes are beyond describing. We found a great camp site with a stone fire ring, enough room for two tents and a view of watching the sunset behind the lake. There was a line across the creek to hold on too. Bear Lake, Emigrant Wilderness. There was almost no one on the trail beyond the junction with the Camp Lake trail on this Sunday. Groundhog meadow to bear lake: The loops is tough but we managed and wasn’t that difficult nothing you can’t grid through. This day was quite strenuous and took us longer than estimated. No Camping Loop via Relief Valley Trail. Multiple creeks to cross, but none precarious - the deepest was about knee high, so a pair of water shoes were pretty clutch. 6. - groundhog meadows and grouse lake were very buggy, bear lake was MUCH less buggy After half a toilet paper roll used, we continued on our journey. I had treated my clothes and was wearing bug spray and they were still crazy. A few nice swimming holes. To reach Crabtree Camp Trailhead drive south from Pinecrest on the Bell Meadow/Crabtree Camp On our third day we finished the loop back to Crabtree trail head. This trail goes by Camp Lake and Crabtree Camp. EASY 2.2 mi. parking lot. 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. Station near Pinecrest or back at the Mi-Wuk Village Ranger Station. at the trailhead. Wilderness Permits for the hike to Bear Lake can be picked up at the Summit Ranger They can be obtained from any Stanislaus Forest ranger station. DIFFICULT 18.0 mi. What Makes It Great. Plenty of trees for hammock camping too ;) The lilypads are just starting to emerge and look really cool below the surface. Its above the water fall. Rounded granite domes, alpine meadows, cascading streams, and stately forests greet backpackers on the 14-mile journey to the lake. Minimal bugs, many lovely wildflowers and a nice range of wildlife (if you are quiet enough). Camping is good at either end of the lake and along the north shore. The number of nights you can camp at Bear Lake may be limited. There's a little bit of a climb that's in the sun, but most of the trail is level with small hills. Sure, it doesn't have the falls like Yosemite, but it's got the solitude. It is 13 difficult miles from Crabtree campground, a large part of it uphill. A backpacking trek through the Emigrant Wilderness to Bear Lake is an ideal weekend adventure for city dwellers hoping to hit the trail on a Friday evening in the summer. 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