We took a last minute weekend trip and used this post as a guide. If you start late on a Friday night like we did, this might be a good place to camp. Location: Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, near the town of Sorona, CA in Northern California east of the San Francisco Bay Area. From the next junction, continue right for 2.7 miles toward Groundhog meadow. Enjoy your time there but know that you may not want to camp here as it can get crowded in the high season. Making California’s last wild places accessible to you. Search campgrounds, glamping, and hotels near Tuolumne County. Hike in 8 miles to a base camp at Gem Lake while horses carry your gear. 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. Look for the small, wooden bridge if you're having trouble. 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. Alternatively, you can power on for another mile to reach Gem Lake and take a break there. Thanks again! ( Log Out /  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. From here we move a short distance to our camp and home for the week. Camp: Gem Lake. 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). by belowi » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:47 pm . From the meadow, Grouse Lake is about 2 miles. We will enter the wilderness from the west, Jun 22, 2014 - On the first weekend in June I went on my second backpacking trip into the Emigrant Wilderness. Overall, this trail lends itself to great backpacking. This trail goes by Camp Lake, No Camping, and Crabtree Camp. ( Log Out /  #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. 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. The next 3.6 miles is a steady mix of moderate inclines and declines. 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. The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. Please explore responsibly! Length 19.5 miElevation gain 3172 ftRoute type Loop Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. We opted to continue on and camp further along the trail. The landscape is varied, which keeps things interesting. The weather varies greatly between the day and night so make sure you are prepared for the cold and wind, even in the summer. After dropping off  the gear, we will eat breakfast and then head over to the trailhead to begin the hike. Trails: out via Crabtree and back via Bell Meadow trail. (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) We will “car” camp or rent rooms for the night. There are desolate, alpine stretches with towering granite walls that give way to thick, lush forests and meadows filled with wild flowers. Wilderness Permits are required and can be picked up at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, California. This trip begins at ~7500 feet at the Box Springs Trailhead This trail is at the end of Forest Route 3N20Y. It was so helpful... and accurate. The route starts at Sonora Pass and enters the Emigrant Wilderness on its northeast edge. We will arrive in the afternoon to explore Pinecrest, pick up our permit and do a short warm-up hike. 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. Spend several days or a week "day hiking" to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls... returning each night to … 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. 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. adventures and follow local regulations. Love Yosemite but find the crowds and line to get into the park a bit of a drag? Most of Emigrant Wilderness is easily accessible cross country due to many gently-sloping wide open granite bowls and domes. 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Yeah, I no longer have to worry about the dust spot. At the first junction, continue slightly right toward Camp Lake. Length 44.3 miElevation gain 6,246 ftRoute type Loop 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. 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. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Mileage: ~20 miles, ~2,500 elevation gain. Spend several days or a week “day hiking” to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls… returning each night to the same comfortable camp. Getting the permit was very easy. Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area…. Camp Lake, a little misnamed since there’s like 1 camping spot here, haha. Making California’s wild places accessible to you! The hardest part was making sure we got to the ranger station before close. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your I am planning a 3 night backpacking trip in August using the Crabtree trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. Days: 2 days, 1 night. Water was plentiful. Image Page. Click here to view a map of the route on AllTrails.com…. Like Yosemite, it has towering granite mountains and spectacular alpine lakes. Overnight Backpacking to Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanuslaus National Forest. 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. This is the largest and most scenic lake on the loop. From here, you'll climb for 1.2 miles gaining about 500 feet in elevation. There was ample opportunity to filter water, both from the lakes and steams. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Where: Emigrant Wilderness, California When: May 26-28th, 2018 Who: Sarah and Ben Permits: Free at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, Ca. 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. Start and end at the Crabtree Trailhead. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I wanted to do a short trip to test some gear (a new sleeping bag & … The trail meanders between thick forest and open granite-filled vistas. Change ). 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. To get there start heading up to Dodge Ridge Ski Area on Highway 108, turn right towards the cross country ski … 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. 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 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. Plus, it seems odd that I have not explored the Emigrant more. And good for you to pick out those flying vermin in … A backpacker hikes along the trail from Crabtree Camp trailhead to Gem Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, CA. Trailhead: Crabtree Trailhead is a popular entrance to the Emigrant Wilderness. Start by picking up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest - (209) 965-3434. © 2021 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from August until September. 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. 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. Granite Dome in Emigrant Wilderness. We will meet up with the Packer and then encounter our dropped gear. From Gem Lake, follow the smaller, less maintained trail down the rock formations for about .5 mile. ( Log Out /  Amazing views. Long Way to Long Lake – Emigrant Wilderness: Stanislaus National Forest. Thank you so much for posting this. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images 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. This trip is located in the Emigrant Wilderness on the Stanislas National Forest. 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. This is a moderate out and back trail in Emigrant Wilderness. ) but not have to travel far from Groveland. In another mile you will reach the wilderness line and shortly after that Camp Lake. Emigrant Wilderness Base Camp at Gem Lake. 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. 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. Spend several days or a week “day hiking” to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls… returning each night to the same comfortable camp. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude for backpacking. The incline is moderate for the next 2 miles but the lake lends itself to having a nice break. Find hikes, backpacking, photo spots, and more around Tuolumne County. of gear, food, and drinks) for the “drop camp”. Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail. I am hoping to do a loop that will go up to Chewing Gum Lakes, Wire Lakes and Buck Lakes. We will hike about 8 miles with light weight “day packs”… just carrying the essentials. 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. All Trails is a great web applications to plan and do backcountry adventures. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by … There are opportunities for camping along this stretch of the trail, but be prepared for it to be more exposed. 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