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Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake, Leopold Lake, Deer Lake and Gem Lake

HARD 11 reviews
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Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake, Leopold Lake, Deer Lake and Gem Lake is a 26.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 26.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,652 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly





nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers





off trail

Hiked this wonderful trail on Labor Day weekend. Was not very busy at all and would typically see 10-12 people on the trails each day despite the large amount of cars at the Crabtree trail head. A decent amount of people at chewing gum and Camp Lake. Bugs were not bad and all the trails were typically in great shape. More horse dung than I would of typically liked the closer you get to Crabtree, but not overbearing. Highly recommend due to amount of beautiful lakes and low volume of people.

2 months ago

Drove up from the Bay Area on a Friday as a group of 5; picked up the permit along the way from the Stanislaus NF HQ in Sonora. Hiked the first few miles on Friday evening; slept just before Chewing Gum in a great campsite we had to ourselves. Hiked to Gem Lake on Saturday and enjoyed the changing scenery, particularly the last few miles of the day. Some mosquitoes, a small amount of snow, great views. Jewelry Lake was a standout. Hiked out on Sunday, making our mileage breakdown something like 4 / 12 / 9. The flowers on Sunday and big wall views were wonderful, and reminiscent of Yosemite without any of the crowds. A ranger did check for our permit at Gem Lake.

4 of us went hiking/backpacking. Middle of July. Left Bay Area 5:20am and we were by trailhead 8:20am. Beautiful views. Crossing freezing water rivers was such an adventure to remember. Water was drinkable to our group without filtering (risky). We also met horses on a way a few times.

Lots of snow still on the northern side of the loop. We cut down a gully on the west side of Leopold lake to make the loop a little shorter and to avoid several more miles of snow. Beautiful as always!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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