From Dorothy Lake we'll hike to High Emigrant Lake (9,700 feet) and a chance to take an hour hike to the top of Big Sam (10,500 feet) for some more spectacular high Sierra views. That was me who had the fireworks. That time we shared the lake with two groups. Our group did not have the fireworks. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! A maintained (jeep) trail goes almost directly over the top of the peak providing a straightfoward but strenuous ascent (Schifrin's SP2). High Emigrant Lake is well above timberline and conveys a "top of the world" feeling. Campfires are prohibited in the Emigrant Wilderness above 9000 feet and within one-half mile of Emigrant Lake to protect sensitive whitebark pine forests and to allow recovery of areas historically depleted of firewood. This website provides information to help Northern California Boy Scouts, Webelos, Venturers, and other Youth Groups conduct fun and exciting day trips, camping overnights, and long-term high adventure experiences. Hint: study the map and notice where all the high places are before heading out in the morning. Campfires are prohibited in the Mokelumne Wilderness above 8000 feet and within ¼ mile of the high water line (3949 feet) at Salt Springs Reservoir. No stock feed. Still, the few who actually make to Hyatt Lake find the ordeal worthwhile. (Elevation gain of 1,170 feet and loss of 860 feet.) Crabtree is a good trail head with a forest service campground, picnic tables and vault/pit toilets that don’t stink! Either way, you get to hike across vast expanses of granite between Pingree and Big lake. ( Log Out /  Looking for most direct route to Big Lake, Emigrant Wilderness. If you bushwack from Snow Lake to Bigelow Lake (some maps show a trail be we couldn’t follow it all the way over the saddle) remember to stay high. During your hike, you will have about a 1500 foot elevation gain. It is made of brown volcanic rock like the peaks to the North, contrasting with the granite peaks to the south. Big Meadow Cmpg. The other group brought fireworks, which they set off at night over the granite bowl towards Big Lake. Our Troop has done two 50 milers in the Emigrant Wilderness (2004 & 6). But there is that lovely moment when you see the deep blue water of the lake through the trees--and it promises a water break, a snack, and an end to the descent. Great place to organize yourselves and your gear, spend the night, acclimate for a bit and be ready for your first day on the trail. This igneous rock is everywhere, in the shape of walls, ridges, domes and peaks. Emigrant Lake Mokelumne Wilderness: September 13, 2010. Top. Backpack Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness. Fields of wildflowers and many very interesting erratics surround it. kpeter Topix Fanatic Posts in topic: 1 Posts: 1071 Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:11 pm Experience: N/A. It’s pretty stupid and irresponsible to bring firworks into the backcountry. There are no trails into the Lake, and only a very experienced backpacker can nagivate the ducks, granite faces, and ridgelines to make it there. The first two miles of trail parallel the southwestern shore of Caples Lake — which is not a lake at all, but a big reservoir. Software Assurance and Technology Consulting. This moderately trafficked backpacking trail is about 15.5 miles round trip. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. Backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness! Nearby Adventures. Though Kennedy Lake is a good stand-alone destination for Emigrant Wilderness backpackers, it is even better as a part of a longer backpacking loop around the Emigrant Wilderness. ), and excellent fishing at Bigelow Lake. Overview Big Meadow Campground lies at about 6,400 feet elevation on the Stanislaus National Forest. A few years back, I was at Hyatt Lake, and as usual it was a great trip. Nearby Adventures. A lot of information exists online and it is no secret spot. Big Lake Area: 90 acres Depth: 100+ feet Elevation: 6,700 feet 14 Miles 6.5 Hours Overnight Trip Large, deep, glacial and granitoid lake capable of supporting an attractive fishery; spawning areas very limited. The hike begins just past the parking lot and the general store. We’ve done loops originating at Crabtree Camp. I remember there being 2 other groups at the lake that weekend as well. ICELAND LAKE & EMIGRANT WILDERNESS ↑ Back to Top. most direct route to Big Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, Re: most direct route to Big Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, http://highsierratopix.com/community/vi ... co#p136477, http://www.highsierratopix.com/communit ... =1&t=14590. ( Log Out /  Change ). The directions from Bell Meadows should be just about the same as from Crabtree, except you are committed to the low route which would be preferred anyway. Next time think about the wildlife and fires! She's one of those athletic types, so we let her carry the stove and water filter to slow her down. I had time for one last weekend trip to … We've also gone down from Wood Lake to Karl's and Leighton, and then down to Yellowhammer. It is sparse and requires some bushwacking! Also think about the trash. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. LONELY LAKE & THE TABLELANDS. One of the best-kept secrets of the Western Sierra Nevada wonderland is the Emigrant Wilderness, with its impressive granite landscape that rivals Yosemite National Park, but sees no tourists. Spend several days or a week “day hiking” to endless lakes, mountain peaks and waterfalls… returning each night to the same comfortable camp. One goal of Boy Scouts of America is get provide an active outdoor program - which usually includes high adventure activities like Scout Backpacking, White Water, Shooting, and Scout Cycling programs. Gluttons for punishment, we went back to the Emigrant Wilderness again, this time with Nikki, Steph's friend, in tow. Like Yosemite, it has towering granite mountains and spectacular alpine lakes. What Makes It Great. I fired them over the lake and burned the empty canisters. Easy access from Sacramento and the Bay Area…. Take a peak at any decent map or satellite image of Emigrant Wilderness and you’ll quickly recognize that its most dominant feature is granite. Big Sam is a large, prominent peak on the border of the Emigrant Wilderness South of Sonora Pass. Glad you enjoyed them! There are so many trailheads, lakes, and worthwhile routes, that it would be impossible to name them all. by kpeter » Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:20 pm, Post Now that we've completed this 6.17 mile section of trail to Grizzly Peak we have to decide what to do next. Looking for most direct route to Big Lake, Emigrant Wilderness. Kennedy Lake itself sits East of the midpoint between the TYT and the PCT. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude for backpacking. Lake Alpine Lodgepole Group. Just to be clear. Thanks for the comment. Connecting the PCT at Kennedy Canyon to the TYT at Grizzly Peak . One a batch of skinny- dipping women who were obviously enjoying the water and the sun. Reaching the summit requires a long approach but a relatively easy class 3 scramble via the south face. You must be registered and logged in to view the files/photos attached to this post. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass (Leavitt Peak). Yes, it took a 21 mile horse pack trip to find it. We fished several surrounding Lakes for 7 days and caught over a dozen big browns and rainbows (16-24") having our best luck DEEP within Emigrant Lake. Emigrant Wilderness is in Stanislaus National Forest, North of Yosemite. Search for: Home; About; Summer School; Resources; Blog; Contact Thanks. The northeastern third of the Wilderness is dominated by volcanic ridges and peaks; the remaining areas consist of many sparsely vegetated, granitic ridges interspersed with numerous lakes and meadows. HIKING TO KENNEDY LAKE. Our 2008 hike was from Gianelli’s Cabin to Whiteside Meadow to Emigrant Lake to Snow and Bigelow Lakes to Lertora Lake to Gem Lake. There are two standard ways in. From C. Knaus – Troop 236 The rounded domes and glacier-polished granite creates stark contrasts, often making it seem high above tree line even though we barely climbed above 7900 feet (2400m) and camped below 6000 ft. At these … by d_silva1 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:10 am, Post Emigrant Wilderness-Huckleberry Lake W ords, and even pictures, cannot capture the beauty of the Emigrant Wilderness, we visited recently. Both go from Bell Meadows/Crabtree to the West Fork Cherry Creek. The actual trail enters the Emigrant Wilderness at the end of the meadow. Even if you did not start one while your were there, brush can smolder for weeks then ignite when the conditions are right. 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