Looking for a great trail in Emigrant Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 18 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 8 moderate trails in Emigrant Wilderness ranging from 7.4 to 29 miles and from 7,204 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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backpacking
bugs
muddy
5 days ago

We backpacked from Gianelli to Chewing Gum Lake with a day hike to Y Meadow Lake in between. The trail to Chewing Gum is very well defined with lots of shade and some gorgeous views and the climbs aren't too steep. Lots of mud the last kilometer to Chewing Gum, however. The mosquitoes weren't bad during the day but got considerably more active at night. The lake is gorgeous and has great camping areas. It will be better in a few weeks when the bugs die off.

skiing
6 days ago

Skiing, Aug 11th 2019

Good trail. Well maintained and really easy to follow. Beautiful views. I didn’t have much issue with the bugs, but I was also wearing insect repellent and my clothes are all treated, there was also a strong breeze so that helped. The wildflowers are stunning and the grasses couldn’t be greener.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
11 days ago

Trail is in good shape but mosquitoes at Chewing Gum were HORRIBLE!!! We left as early as we could the next morning. Y Meadow had a nice breeze and was much better.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing views!!!! Very much worth it, though it's tough. Better start early. Still a bit of snow left.

hiking
14 days ago

Swam in a lake with icebergs floating in it ... check!

Hiked up Saturday morning and back mid-day Sunday. Steady uphill from trailhead to views from top of ridge. Down backside into a long notch and then back up to top of 2nd ridge. Down to valley floor and then take a right for a mile along and in the meadow to the lake. Some mosquitos bothered some in our trip, but not me. Saw some people with head netting. We camped in an open area and the breeze kept most away. It was a good suggestion, The best - the best thing about the lake was the warm and I mean warm water. The lake is not that deep so warms up from the sun. We jumped off the lower rocks on the west side of the lake and swam out to the rock island in the middle. Not a very big lake. Plenty of camping spots but crowded on a Saturday night at high season. We didn't hike to the top of the east ridge, but we heard the view is spectacular.

backpacking
bugs
muddy
15 days ago

The trail is in good shape with mud in spots. The snow is a nonfactor at this point but works great for chilling beverages. Be ready for some very active mosquitos along the trail, and extremely heavy around the campsites. The lake water is on the chilly side, but refreshing after the hike.

The snow was mostly gone. A few patches. Very passable now. Be ready for mosquitoes in the meadow before chewing gum… And mud.

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
19 days ago

Hiked today 7/28. The trail is super open/ not shaded but is cooler with the wind coming off the snow. There are some difficult portions currently with higher than normal creek flow and walking along snow/ losing the trail. In the section where there is typically a large/steep ravine that you go down and then come back up, this section is entirely filled with snow. Just walk on the snow in the ravine upstream until you reach the trail again. Also, the waterfalls are amazing, there is still ice on the lake, and the hike is super beautiful!

hiking
19 days ago

I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone looking for a day trip or even a backpacking trip. The lake was peaceful and not a lot of people were there. There’s a lot of bugs at the beginning so I recommend preparing for that, and several water crossings but the hike is definitely worth it!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice easy meander, saw exactly zero other people when on trail. We found a massive rock to sit on and eat lunch that overlooked the river and small waterfalls. The old buildings were cool, gave a little glimpse into a life we’ll never know- pretty amazing. Nice day, nice hike

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
20 days ago

For those seeking a challenge. Lots of mosquitoes. Crossing through, and up creeks. Fallen trees in path.

hiking
21 days ago

A hidden gem! Snow has retreated enough to make the hike very accessible, and it's simply beautiful all along, with open views along the valley, the many streams running down, and snow-covered peaks all around. The lake still has some ice and snow in it, but swimming is possible. Very refreshing quick dip!

off road driving
21 days ago

Great little trail with wonderful views. Check your local maps and you’ll find some tougher roads before you even reach the gates. This road is often closed well into July due to snow. So if you find the gate closed try some other near by roads for a bit of 4x4 fun.

hiking
24 days ago

Fantastic view, perfectly clear very blue lake. Lots of wildflowers and a couple stream crossing. One very tough steep spot with loose bits of gravel. A perfect hike. I always go between April and August and has been fine. Level of snow depends on how snowy the season was.

Amazing.

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