Explore the most popular camping 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.

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! Kids can do this one if they are used to short strenuous activity. The altitude makes it a little more tiring, but once you arrive at the lake it’s amazing! There is a lot of beauty a long the way too! The road in can be rough! You just have to go slow.

generally: moderate trail in Stanislaus Wilderness with good scenery most of the way, moderate difficulty, well maintained trail, decently popular for backpacking with sites scattered around the lake
permits: free, get at ranger station, fires allowed at lake with permit
trailhead: unpaved road for several miles, lots of parking at trailhead

hiked once in september with snow on trail and once in late july and swam in lake

backpacking
3 months ago

very nice not to difficult to get to. kids can do this hike. as for the road to rough it is but don't listen to the GPS. take Crabtree rd the two intersect.

Great hike one of my favorite. Views at the top are amazing and when you get to the lake it is even better. Nice place to relax and chill at the water, people swam and hangout. I would say its semi-crowded but worth it and the hike is moderate. A must try hike!

Great trail. ROund trip from the parking lot to the lake and back was closer to 10 miles.

NOTE: paved road ends and you have to drive about 6 miles on a graded dirt road.

The trail had a few really nice vista points. And the lake was beautiful. I’d like to return and stay a couple nights.

The trail from y Meadows to chewing Gum lake not maintained and is more like rock climbing

To say it was beautiful doesn't do it justice. Very scenic would definitely be doing this one again. Lots of mosquito's. Bring DEET! I think we fell in right after they hatched. However each day seemed a little better. Had a great time. No fish in these lakes. Plenty of frogs though. To summit all up, if you can go, go!

We spent two nights at Chewing Gum Lake, July 25-27, with a day hike to Toejam Lake in between. Chewing Gum is a gorgeous lake, not cold this time of year, with great campsites. There were some mosquitoes at dawn and dusk but nothing severe--none at all during the middle of the day. The hike from the trailhead to Chewing Gum is a very good trail almost all the way and goes over two moderate ridges. The trail from Chewing Gum to Toejam is also mostly good except for the last 100 meters or so getting to Toejam, which is rocky and not too well defined. Toejam Lake is also gorgeous. The only good source of water between Chewing Gum and Toejam is at Whitesides Meadow, about halfway, so plan ahead--it was very hot out in the sun the day we hiked it.

beautiful area - horrible mosquitoes right now... glad we brought cards, was confined to the tent for relief. trail was tough for a flat lander but great views.

6 months ago

Well I know there is a debate on whether or not you can/should drive up to the trail head and you could if you go slow but I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you like to bottom your car out when hitting pot holes and large rocks. I have a Honda Civic and parked in a small lot right before it turns into a dirt road and hopped in my friends huge truck to get there.

But! The hike was amazing and we did it for a sunset hike because the views where incredible once you hit the top part of the incline! We didn’t reach the lake because we found the perfect spot to watch the sun set (approximately 1.75-2 miles from the trail head) see pictures

We day hiked to Chewing Gum Lake from the Crabtree trailhead and back on July 10. It's slightly over 4 miles each way with a big elevation gain going out--almost 2000 feet over the first 2 miles or so. Most of it isn't very steep but it keeps coming at you. Most of the hike is in partial shade until you get very close to the lake and the wildflowers were lovely. The lake is very pretty and was a great place to have lunch. We found no mosquitoes at Chewing Gum near noon, and there was only one area on the way where the bugs got bad. Leaving the lake, staying on the trail requires some attention. This is a harder way to get to Chewing Gum than from Gianelli (more climbing) but very nice and very quiet. We saw only two other people during our 5-hour outing.

We were prepared for hoardes of mosquitos but it wasn’t bad! We stayed at the north end of the lake in a great little site. The bugs were a little annoying in the morning and a little bit at sundown but between permethrin, deet and picaridin they left us alone.

Others who had been at other lakes said the mosquitos were so bad they were basically trapped in their tents, even during the day.

This is an awesome beginner trip.

We took a day hike to Y Meadow Lake Greg bugs were worse there) and then came back cross country over the ridge to Chewing Gum. With topi maps it wasn’t too hard, even for a first-timer on the trip.

hiking
6 months ago

Don’t listen to the Prius guy below. The road is rough at parts but DEFINITELY drivable, you just have to go slow...like every other car. I even saw a few Prius’ (is Prii the plural

beautiful area. relatively easy hike. very very bad mosquitoes. basically the mosquitoes are out with a vengeance from about 7 in the morning until 9:30 at night. would definitely go back in late summer. we did camp for two nights. and we did swim in the lake which was beautiful, but we swam with our mosquito Nets on our heads and made a major Dash back to the tent once out of the water.

Wonderful hike, not too tough. Views are some of the best. Mosquitoes were so bad people were cutting their trips short. Bring DEET, and it is tolerable. Will definitely do this one again or hit another of the many lakes in the same area.

backpacking
7 months ago

Really nice hike, not too rough. There was still a lot of snow on the trail, but not so much that we couldn't get through it. It was really chilly at night. In the middle of the summer it'll be perfect for swimming. Definitely will return!

7 months ago

Don’t attempt In a Prius. Unpaved road was too rough and Couldn’t get to the hike.

backpacking
7 months ago

Wonderful first backpacking spot for the kids. Lots of folks out on Labor day weekend, but not so many it wasn't fun.

backpacking
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Very scenic trail. We had great weather during the day, but temps did drop below freezing at night. Lots of places to camp around the lake.

Monday, August 28, 2017

KM to Sheep Camp: Fun tough hike, beautiful views. Water available throughout. Camped before switchbacks at a nice trailside campsite. This hike was tougher than Kennedy lake. Lots of aggregate on trail. I recorded my hike as 9.5m each way from Trail head parking lot. Mosquitos were active so bring deet.

FYI: The map shown is relief reservoir to Emigrant lake...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lovely lake and stunning views from burst rock along the way

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Killer views only 1/2 mile or so in that just keep going as you hike along the ridge top. The lake was nice and serene, though a bit marshy around the edges. We reached the lake about noon and there were plenty of mosquitos about. Awesome mellow hike

Absolutely beautiful. I would recommend this to everyone!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Absolutely breathtaking!

backpacking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful. Breathtaking views. A lot of granite to camp around the lake. Worth the hike.

hiking
Thursday, August 27, 2015

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 09, 2015

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

on Powell Lake

hiking
Friday, August 02, 2013

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

hiking
Friday, June 14, 2013

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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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.

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