Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail

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Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail is a 19.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from August until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
19.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3464 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

We were originally going to do the full loop with an end destination of Gem Lake. The ranger told us that she had written a ton of permits for Gem Lake and made a different suggestion. We look the loop trail and went right (south) at the fork. Our first night we camped at Grouse Lake. Insider tip: only 2 non-marshy access points on this lake so we suggest not camping near one of them unless you want a lot of foot traffic through your campsite.

Day 2, we hiked south towards chain lakes. There is no trail to get here so you have to forge your way over a pretty high ridge. But we traversed and got over it with ease. Chain lakes were beautiful. Only one is a swimming lake (the largest one). The other two are mostly marsh.

This was a fun, easy 3 day/2 night trip with shorter hikes. We had our little puppy so the 18 mile loop would have been too much for the little guy.

backpacking
1 month ago

Follow the sign at camp lake carefully else you'll end up at bear lake like we did - but it was a gorgeous huge lake and a worthy detour.
Very well marked trail with plenty of water (carry a filter). Thunderstorms are unpredictable and we encountered one at Pieut lake.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike. Lost my camera if you find it message me at jennmurphy@sbcglobal.net

backpacking
2 months ago

Strenuous but incredible terrain. Good opportunities to scramble throughout and excellent swimming holes along the return trail. Recommend staying at Gem Lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Emigrant Wilderness is great, but at the moment (June 21st 2017) the road to Crabtree is closed at Aspen Meadows. Apparently due to fallen trees. Check the website or call the ranger stations to check ahead. I suppose one could hike in from Aspen Meadows to Crabtree. Overall, the trails are great, and nice to see what is basically upper upper Yosemite.

7 months ago

backpacking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Beautiful! trail Plenty of camping spot.

Monday, September 05, 2016

backpacking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Went to Chewing gum lake from the Crabtree trailhead. Trail is maintained well. First few miles is a continuous ascent, then a gradual hike down. Lake is very beautiful with nice camp sites. Tried a little fishing with negative results. Spoke to several hikers who stated that fishing here is pretty much non existent as well as the upper lakes. Overall a nice trip, only wish that these lakes were stocked with fish.

backpacking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wonderful trail, beautiful alpine. Camped Friday night at the trailhead, spent the next night at Gem Lake, and hiked back to the car on Sunday. Definitely stop at Camp Lake on the way out.