Yes, get water when you can. I did a ~30 mile loop solo from Crabtree to Emigrant Lake via Gem Lake and Deer Lake, then Emigrant L. to Woods Lake, and […] A ranger that I met on the trail the day before said that he’d heard anglers catch 25-inch trouts there. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Beautiful 25 mile loop with plenty of options to set up a base camp and do day hikes. We detoured to Bear Lake first, which was pretty crowded. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. Large boulders, epic rock formations, pine trees as far as the eyes can see, and plentiful lakes make this loop a serene escape from California’s busy cities. There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. We did the full loop and there were so many inclines, declines with boulders, large rocks and steep steps . All in all it was a great trip and I'll be back to venture further to Buck lakes and Emigrant lake in the future. So more people. Bear Lake rests on Lily Creek just inside the Emigrant Wilderness. Almost no mosquitos! A beautiful trail that crosses Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, Lily Lake, and Camp Lake along rolling terrain with a nice final section into the Crabtree Trailhead on the western edge of Emigrant Wilderness. Location: Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, near the town of Sorona, CA in Northern California east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Hi all, I just posted a version of this over at highsierratopix.com and thought it might be useful here too. This was a two days trip going out to Gem Lake via the Crabtree Trail and back via the Bell Meadow Trail. Hiking the Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail . On Sunday, we hiked to Lower Buck Lake and camped. No matter when you come you will likely encounter quite a few backpackers due to the proximity to the Emigrant Wilderness. No issues at night, either. Over the 4th of July weekend, my friend Blair invited me out on a girls’ only trip out to Granite Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. June 19, 2020. There is a peak between Gem and Jewelry Lake to climb to watch the best sunset of your life. This is definitely much harder than I imagined! Here's a quick report of my trip this past weekend. For true backpackers! Not the ideal place for spending the night. Deer Lake is amazing and has some big rocks and an island in the middle of the lake. This lake is easily approachable from Crabtree Camp. Ariend and I hiked this one week ago over 4 days, starting late Friday (around 6:30). Very beautiful. The crossing at the “dam” was a bit high, but you could still wade across. Day 6: On our last night, we may choose to camp at Piute Meadow, or Lily Pad Lake or Grouse Lake. It was a pretty moderate hike. Try out Jewelry Lake and Wood Lake to camp. Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Strawberry Branch). Also one rancher who was bringing in his cows. Definitely a bit smoky, but for the most part this wasn’t a big deal. June 20, 2018. Total mileage was 20 miles. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the […] High 80, low 47. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Day 2 Deer Lake, Northside ( 10 miles in) Where: Emigrant Wilderness, California When: May 26-28th, 2018 Who: Sarah and Ben Permits: Free at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, Ca. All streams and creeks are dried up. We cut through to Gem lake to get to Deer Lake. You will hike several miles on pure granite. Happy Hiking! Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. On Monday, we hiked out the entire 12 miles back to the trailhead. Altitude change-474 ft. Altitude min. Camping at Bear Lake, however, is limited to a single night. Lots of obvious camp sites there. overview. Granite near Big Lake, Emigrant wilderness Ca. Dont miss it. Tour Utah National Parks: The Mighty 5 & beyond Travel Guide - Duration: 1:30:20. Beautiful place. Location: Main Features. I loved it, just wish I would have been more prepared for how hard it would be. This peaceful little lake makes a great early season hike as well as an easy trek for those wishing to get away for the weekend without spending all day on the trail. The rocky shore dropped deep into the lake and offered trout places to hide. Early summer, after the snow melts, is arguably the best time for this hike since the lakes and creeks are at capacity. The Trail to Deer Lake Wildflowers, Panoramic Views, Tranquil Lakes. Then off to Buck Lake. THE PLAN Sat 24: Taking off from Crabtree East by Middle Trail.The original plan to hike up to Deer Lake (10.5 mi) sounds nice, but may be unrealistic, given the long drive and heavy packs. For the avid hiker, this might be considered "moderate". Day 3 Grouse Lake (the least pretty (20 miles in) of the lakes, but the camping is quite lovely - get back up into the rocks to avoid the skeeters). The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. The water was refreshing for a dip days 2 and 3! We took the north trail out and made it to Jewelry Lake to camp Saturday night. There are several areas where the trail is rocky and easy to lose, just keep an eye on your map. if you stop moving they will eat you a live. 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. The first day's backpack was 9.1 mi / 14.6 km from Crabtree Trailhead to Paiute Lake. Lake choked with lilly pads and only a small area to access the water. This was very strenuous and was made way slower by all the snow on the south trail. There are endless opportunities for multiday hikes from Gianelli Cabin, try heading toward Long Lake(10miles), Deer Lake(11miles), or Emigrant Lake(15miles) for some solitude, fishing, and excellent swimming/cliff diving. I haven’t adventured much off of Sonora Pass, so I immediately said yes! Kim met me at the trailhead and she cooked a great meal and we shared our adventures of the day. Off the beaten path, including a road that turns into gravel and potholes (our VW Golf did fine at slow speeds and with proper road assessment to navigate the deeper holes) Admittedly Grouse was a bit subpar for the area. The lakes on the way are all pretty great and makes for a great hike with lots of little stops at lakes on your way. Distance: 5 miles. A beautiful trail that crosses Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, Lily Lake, and Camp Lake along rolling terrain with a nice final section into the Crabtree Trailhead on the western edge of Emigrant Wilderness. More Stats for Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) hike trail trail. Day 1 Camp Lake (3 miles in) Fall is a close second due to the color change of the wonderful aspens. We hiked the trail clockwise, and it was excellent. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. There wasn’t water between wood lake (the one after lower buck lake) and grouse lake (6ish miles) so plan to pack water accordingly! In this case look out for rock stacks to lead the way. Elevation loss: 1,500 feet. There was also a cold snap that weekend, so nighttime temperatures were freezing, bring layers. One day we hiked up through Salt Lick Meadow to Wire Lakes and Long Lake. I barely made it through each days and was so wiped out every day it was difficult to enjoy the beauty of the trail. The trail this time of year is doable and open. We'll hike mostly on trail through classic Emigrant country past appropriately named Jewelry and Gem lakes and crossing Cherry and Piute Creeks. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the three miles of forest service dirt road (4N26), which is maintained for passenger vehicles. 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