Best bird watching trails in Emigrant Wilderness, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Emigrant Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Emigrant Wilderness, California
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113,000 acres
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Top trails (13)
#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
NOTE: you will need to buy a free wilderness permit online ahead of time. It is required you do it online, because in-person permits are closed due to COVID. 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 - 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
#4 - Kennedy Meadows to Granite Dome
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 20.1 mi • Est. 11 h 39 m
#5 - Gianelli to Black Hawk Mountain
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 29 mi • Est. Multi-day
#6 - Sonora Pass to Kennedy Meadows
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 19.9 mi • Est. 9 h 27 m
#7 - Y Meadow Lake and Chewing Gum Lake Loop
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 21 m
#8 - Eagle Meadow
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Really fun ride from base camp at the Eagle Meadow horse camp down to the lower Eagle Meadow and back.Show more
#9 - Granite Dome to Ridge Lake and Iceland Lake
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 24.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
#10 - Eagle Peak OHV Trail
Emigrant Wilderness
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Length: 6.3 mi
This route drives up to the top of Eagle peak where you can see nearly 360 degree views. There is also a trail you could can continue around if you want. The lava field with the guide stack is super neat.Show more
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