Powell Lake is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Very nice easy trail with great scenery leading to a lake that is fed by a creek, however if your not used to high altitude (elevation here is about 8,499 feet) you might get tired and/or altitude sickness very easily.
I am a complete noob and my wife and I did this hike past Powell and on to Chewing Gum. Some seriously beautiful scenery and completely worth it. She did get nauseous the first day, but was much better on the second. Two parts of the trail to Chewing Gum Lake are above 9100 ft. There are two ways in to the trailhead, the easiest being CA108 to Crabtree Rd to Forest Route 4N47. The prettiest is Dodge Ridge Rd to Forest Route 4N34, and that had some pretty rough spots.
The weekend we went there were about 25 people.
This was a fabulous day hike! The first half is more strenuous then the second half, hence making the journey back easier. So much variety of topography, all of my favorite things, water, trees, majestic granite mountains, wildflowers and a beautiful lake as your prize at the end. Well marked trail, a bit of a rid off 108 but was able to do it in a Nissan Rogue. It was a great day
Amazing hike. Easy enough for a beginner. Spectacular views. Worst part was the road in, all gravel for about 9 miles.. I suggest going in through Crabtree.. But either way it's a great hike
Passed Powell lake to Chewing Gum Lake destination last summer. Long day hike, although very beautiful. The drive is a bit rocky for the last few miles - good to have a truck.
6-8-2013 to 6-9-2013: Hiked from Gianelli with final destination of Toejam Lake but camped at Whitesides Meadow 6.5 miles from the Gianelli Trailhead. Passed by Lake Powell, great hike to do but be warned of mosquito early summer, recommend hiking in September for this.
Powell Lake is a very nice destination for an overnight backpacking trip to the Emigrant Wilderness. At just under 2 miles in from the Gianelli Cabin Trail Head, it is a moderate hike without much of of an elevation gain. The hike features a variety of terrain and views. In July there were still a few patches of snow. This was a very intense mosquito year. Be sure to pack insect repellant! The lake is pretty with dry granite campsites nearby. It serves as a great base for the many day hikes in the area.