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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

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

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.

backpacking
bugs
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

hiking
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

backpacking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 27, 2014

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