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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 10, 2021
Backpacking

Snow at the meadow was mostly melted. Temps got into the 20s at night

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 10, 2021
HikingGreat!

lo recorrí el verano pasado lo hise en 6 horas 16 millas,hermoso el esmeralda lake una vella,tarde,,,yo ago montanismo en todo California y sus estados alrededor busco amig@S para aser equipo si alguien gusta acompañarme contáctenme por mail,,en mayo 4 boy a escalar el mout Whitney....pherdez300.ph@gmail.com...

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 3, 2021
Hiking

Some snow on the trail starting about mile 6

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 10, 2021
FishingBugsGreat!

Great place for fishing, hiking and swimming.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 11, 2020
Nature tripsGreat!IcySnow

Awesome hike! Did it in early November, definitely a bit late in the year, but was extremely beautiful! Got super cold and snowed at night but during the day it was wonderful. Very great hike in and out. No smoke in the area.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 6, 2020
HikingGreat!RockySnow

Beautiful and well-maintained trail. The sign at the TH marked 14 miles to Sapphire lake. We followed the AllTrails map to the T, so I'm not sure where the 31 miles comes in - seems like it would have been 28 miles +/- We slept at Bridge Camp by the TH Friday night and hiked in Saturday AM. The trail was well-marked and worn for most of the way and passed a number of flowing streams for the first few miles. Despite having a fair number of flat points, there was overall a lot of elevation gain and we were pretty wiped by the time we got up to the lake. Stayed the night at Emerald in the grove just before the lake and woke up to a dusting of snow Sunday morning. Hiked up to visit Sapphire in the AM and then made the trek back down to the parking lot on Sunday.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 26, 2020
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Amazing trail! Did this in 4 days which worked out pretty much perfectly but if you have 5 days of time or can get most/all of the way to Emerald Lake the first day, you’d have plenty of time to relax and enjoy both Emerald and Sapphire Lake. We actually did this during a campfire and stove restriction - nothing that ignites is allowed until further notice. (Had to get creative with the food and coffee situation but it wasn’t too bad.) And it was still just so lovely! Would recommend this trail, I can see why it’d be crowded in the summer. Also would definitely recommend calling ahead anywhere in the Trinity Alps to get the most updated info about the fires and the restrictions given this year’s particularly bad fires. I will say that the way to Emerald Lake has a bit of climbing up rocks at the end, though not nearly as much as the climb from Emerald to Sapphire. If your pack is particularly heavy or you just simply don’t feel like carrying 40 lbs while clambering up some rocks, I think camping a mile (or so) beyond Morris Meadows and then day hiking to the lakes would be your best bet. We got a later start than anticipated and were originally planning to camp the first night at the meadows, but only hiked about 6.5 miles in before making camp along the river. On day 2 we made it to Emerald, and relaxed/camped in a beautiful spot with incredible views out towards the lake. Day 3 we went to Sapphire really early, then came back and grabbed out packs to start the journey out. On day 4 we walked the rest of the way out and headed home.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 30, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

I thought the trail was spectacular. The way up all the way to Sapphire lake was pretty clear and well traveled. Beautiful sights all the way up. Got great pictures and saw a handful of other hikers. The meadow was fairly dry and I hope to get out there when it’s in it’s full glory. I camped at Emerald which was great. Spots here and there in the trees though with heavy wind I choose a spot tucked in the bushes near the lake away from dead trees and widow-makers. Beautiful night. It was warm enough to swim for the other campers there but I dipped in and hopped out. I did choose to go to mirror. The way around the right side of Sapphire was less traveled but clear enough to follow. After that the right side up to mirror was a lot for this new guy and I would not recommend it to anyone who has not spent time climbing around rocks and steep hillsides. The final accent up the chimney was particularly daunting and my thought was, that’s the way up? While not super difficult, climbing up the chimney got my heart pumping. It wouldn’t be a soft or large landing and I have no doubt could be deadly even in good weather. I chose the long way down the boulders at the inlet of the lake and while strenuous, fun, and reminded me of log hopping or trekking up the river boulder hopping as a kid. Both ways I will never forget and while marked here or there are off trail. The wind was so that the lake a Was not a mirror that day, but incredible none the less. Amazing trip all the way up and back. Camped at the meadow the second night. Got there just at dark. Lots of critter activity and beautiful place to wake up. The following morning made the rest of the way down. If your not used to pushing your legs maybe take a few more days and stretch it out. Hope this was helpful to someone. Happy trails! :) careful out there.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
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Erins first trip! Cassidy was a great leader, Erin was a trooper. Very flexible and gratifying adventure. Beautiful camping nooks. GREAT SUCCESS!!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 8, 2020
BackpackingBugsGreat!

This was a great moderate-level backpacking trail. Day 1: we went 9 miles to the meadow and stayed next to the river. plenty of water along the way to fill up your packs. there are also camp spots along the way, if you don't make it the full 9 miles. Day 2: we hiked to emerald lake and set up camp next to the lake. after reading reviews, we thought it was going to be hot and grueling from the meadow up to the lake, but it was covered for most of the time and the incline wasn't bad. the lake was beautiful. tons of water snakes, but they didn't bother us. next time, i'd prob do a day hike to see sapphire lakes on this day—we were too exhausted and sore to go this time Day 3: we hiked 7 miles from the lake past the meadow to another camp spot along the river (about 5 miles away from the trailhead) to enjoy another day in the water relaxing. our feet and bodies were thanking us at this point for the break. Day 4: we hiked the last 5 miles back to the trailhead. was mostly a downhill grade the entire time Pros: beautiful scenery, clear trail, water along the entire route, mostly covered (we went when it was 100º+ and weren't phased by the heat at all) Cons: can get buggy. i'd suggest getting a bug net to put over your head as needed. we didn't notice any crowds, but think it was less crowded b/c of COVID times and moderate AQI due to nearby fires

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
BackpackingBugsGreat!

This was my first solo backpacking trip and second time on this trail it was amazing. I hiked the full length to the first lake on my first day and pretty much had the lake to myself. Very peaceful. I decided to not head to the second lake because my new hiking boots (that i thought were broken in enough) gave me pretty bad blisters and headed back down to the meadows in my tevas to camp for another night. My 3rd day I woke up pretty early & hiked the 9 miles back to the the trailhead. Overall amazing experience, I just wish i had another day to spare to be able to go to the 2nd lake. Tip: bring a thin buff and sunglasses because there was flies that kept flying into my nose/mouth and eyes which was very annoying.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
BackpackingBugsGreat!Rocky

Day 1: Started at the stuart fork trail, which in fact was our longest day. It was not to steep and I thought there was plenty of shade so the heat did not affect me so much. I would highly recommend camping at the meadows the first day. What you are going to come across on mile 8 or so is a fork in the trail that is out in the open. There is an option to go right, (which is what we mistakenly did) and made our first day 3 miles longer. This brought us to a cool camp sight near water but our intention was to go the the meadows. So, when you come across that fork on mile 8 or so, go LEFT to get to the meadows!! Day 2: We brought day packs to hike to emerald lake. It was roughly 3 miles away and is steep! Very happy we decided to day hike there (left our tents behind) because it would have not been fun in the heat and with 40 lbs on your back... It is beautiful at emerald lake, there was nobody there and there are plenty of fish to catch. There is barely any shade so bring your sunscreen. We stayed there for hours and you do have the option to camp there instead but I would not recommend trying to make it there in one day. If you have it in you to backpack there on day 2 and set up camp, I would say go for it because it is absolutely gorgeous. Anyways, we stayed at our same camp spot the second night. Day 3: Got up early and headed back to a nice spot that is 5 miles away from the trail head. Stayed there for the night and had some quality leisure time. Day 4: Headed back to trail head, pretty easy 5 miles. Pros: Plenty of shade so the heat was not an issue, there was no smoke, very clear, forest and granite mix hike, lots of cool creeks, fresh water, not heavily crowded, no service. Cons: There are lots of flies, recommend building campfire or something to keep flies and mosquitoes away, ran into one rattle snake so be very careful. Especially when heading to emerald lake, high population of rattle snakes apparently. Great backpacking trip and don't let the weather forecast discourage you because I didn't even notice the heat. Send it!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 1, 2020
BackpackingGreat!Over grownRocky

the first 11 miles were fairly moderate. plenty of shade up to the meadows. It was almost all uphill but doable. Past the meadows it gets pretty steep and rocky, shade also is non existent. Do the last 3 miles up to emerald early to avoid the heat. The lake itself was gorgeous fish literally jumping out the water. Great trail overall!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 13, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Great hike very clear trail, recommend stopping at Morris meadows 9 miles in if backpacking

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 31, 2020
Backpacking

Beautiful area! Morris Meadow has really nice, shaded campsites. The trail to Morris Meadow is fairly easy and shaded. Past Morris Meadow the ascent up to Emerald and Sapphire is almost all exposed and it gets HOT! The lakes are a wonderful way to cool down and the views are gorgeous. I did see a couple of rattle snakes on the trail, but whenever I saw them, they were always slithering away from me - there were no staredowns or anything. I take off a star for the type of crowd this place seems to attract. I was surprised to see so much toilet paper and (EW!) tampons that people are apparently trying to bury? Animals are digging it up. Gross! Also there were quite a few really loud groups of campers when I was there. Please spread the word far and wide that "leave no trace" means you pack OUT your used toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 31, 2020
HikingBugs

Was once a great trail. But has become a zoo. For over a mile down the road from the trail cars are parked! Go back to the sierras!!!!!!! Also probably the highest rattle snake population in the trinity alps just FYI

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 30, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

We did this in 4 days 3 nights. Camped at the trail head and got a late start. The trail is mostly shaded and offers numerous opportunities to pump water. Lots of flies and mosquitos. No poison oak. Didn’t encounter ticks, either. Many people camped at the various spots but still felt spaced out. Really hot! Swimming was nice.

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