Best trails in Emigrant Wilderness, California

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Looking for a great trail in Emigrant Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Emigrant Wilderness ranging from 5.1 to 29 miles and from 6,558 to 10,324 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Emigrant Wilderness, California
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113,000 acres
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Top trails (22)
#1 - Blue Canyon Lake
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Steep incline hike in the Emigrant Wilderness starting at Sonora Pass (108) and ending at Blue canyon lake, a glacial tarn sitting bellow a series of beautiful peaks. No trail head marker exists at the beginning but the single track begins at the parking turnout. Trail has several stream crossings and depending on the season snow and snow shelves may conceal the trail and creeks running below. Trail can become unclear in rocky areas so be observant of cairns or other signs indicating the route. Trekking poles are highly recommended.Show more
#2 - Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
Please obtain a free wilderness permit online ahead of time. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stanislaus/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5361242&width=full One of the shortest routes into spectacular Emigrant Wilderness, the Burst Rock Trail puts the steepest climb at its beginning. Historic and scenic, the trail offers magnificent vistas far south into Yosemite and north to the jumbled volcanic peaks of the Sonora Pass country. Although its rocky benches are ideal for picnics and loafing, early-season campers will want to retreat up the forested slopes for some relief from mosquitoes. Overnighters need a wilderness permit.Show more
#3 - Powell Lake
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Very nice, easy trail, with great scenery, leading to a lake that is fed by a creek. However, if you are not used to high altitude (elevation is about 8,500 feet) you might suffer from altitude sickness and get tired easily. Show more
#4 - Leavitt Peak
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 23 m
Note: HWY 108 closes during the winter. Please check with the park before visiting the area.Show more
#5 - Kennedy Meadows to Granite Dome
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 20.1 mi • Est. 11 h 39 m
#6 - Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 25.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Gianelli to Black Hawk Mountain
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 29.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Sonora Pass to Kennedy Meadows
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 19.9 mi • Est. 9 h 27 m
#9 - Y Meadow Lake and Chewing Gum Lake Loop
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 21 m
#10 - Granite Dome Loop via Kennedy Meadows
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 33.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Enter at Kennedy Meadows. Choice to use NF parking lot, or pay at Kennedy Store (puts you 1/2 mile closer to trailhead). Hike to above Relief Reservoir. Option to stay in Upper Relief Lakes. Both Salt Lick and Spring Meadows are phenomenal; Long Lakes is an option for sleeping as well. Upper Buck has great campsites on granite on the South side and good fishing. The hike between Emigrant Lake and Lunch Meadow is incredible; probably the highlight of the route. Access to Granite Dome summit is close to lunch meadow; good place to camp the night before.Show more
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