It was a pretty moderate hike. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking. I’ve annotated every photo so please read the photo journal for a full description. The hike out the next day (it is a loop) was mostly downhill. The water was refreshing for a dip days 2 and 3! Almost no mosquitos! Although the elevation change is around 600 ft the trail undulates throughout the hike so the amount of climbing is a bit more, albeit easily done by most. Gem Lake via Crabtree Trailhead is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Camped at Camp, Upper Buck and Grouse. It is there, but with the heat, it is not abundant. The trail this time of year is doable and open. Try out Jewelry Lake and Wood Lake to camp. We the walked along Cherry Creek (East Fork), for a bit, which was quite pretty, as shown here (35 seconds). lly. Definitely will be back to do a longer loop. A buddy and I hiked most of this loop August 27 - 30. All in all it was a great trip and I'll be back to venture further to Buck lakes and Emigrant lake in the future. Only a few bites at Grouse but didn't even break out the Deet. We stayed there all three nights and did day hikes from there. :-) This trip, we decided to go in to Granite Lake, which is sort of off-trail, though not by huge amounts. Kayaking. On Sunday, we hiked to Lower Buck Lake and camped. There wasn’t water between wood lake (the one after lower buck lake) and grouse lake (6ish miles) so plan to pack water accordingly! Tons of variety. This trail goes by Camp Lake and Crabtree Camp. Crabtree Camp has plentiful parking although can get busy during the summer vacation season. With easy walking distance are a number other great lakes. It has an elevation of 2,241 feet (683 m) above sea level. Today just brief notes on our trip… We left El Dorado Hills around 9 am, heading south on Hwy 49 towards Sonora. What an amazing place with great fishing and super nice spots to stop and camp. Elevation loss: 1,500 feet. The Point RV Park, OPEN YEAR-ROUND, features 32 sites with full hookups, overlooking beautiful shoreline on the lake's north end. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Definitely could be done with one overnight! There is a peak between Gem and Jewelry Lake to climb to watch the best sunset of your life. “That’s a lot of cars,” we both exclaimed simultaneously as we arrived at the Crabtree Trailhead. Anyway, so warm overnight I didn't need my sleeping bag. Horse Meadow looked cool. The Packer will transfer our camping gear and backpacks to a drop point near Gem Lake. High 80, low 47. Also one rancher who was bringing in his cows. Day 2 Deer Lake, Northside ( 10 miles in) The trail to Bear Lake is easy to follow and all the intersections are well marked, however, various parts of the trail traverse over granite caps which make it easy to lose sight of the main trail. The hike is about 9 miles round trip. Emigrant Wilderness Stanislaus National Forest Dates: May 26-29 Appx 30 Mile loop Tom Harrison Trail Map Temp: Night 28-35F Day 50-60F Crabtree trail head to Upper Buck loop Check in at ranger station around noon on Saturday as it started to drizzle. Day 0: Travel to Trail Head. Exactly as described. Spent the first night at the trailhead, the Gem Lake, then Wood Lake. The lake has an average surface area of 806 acres (3.26 km 2), and an average volume of 40,530 acre feet (49,990,000 m 3). June 19, 2020. You can camp there. The highlights of this hike are of course Bear Lake but also Camp Lake (about halfway in), gorgeous vistas and several lush meadows. I liked that we got to see so many lakes, 10 or so. Permits are easily acquired at any of the Ranger Stations and up to 15 backpackers can be accommodated on a trek. Then off to Buck Lake. Driving to the Sierra. Early summer, after the snow melts, is arguably the best time for this hike since the lakes and creeks are at capacity. Did it in 4 days, 3 nights. Check with the Summit Ranger District for area status before visiting. One day we hiked up through Salt Lick Meadow to Wire Lakes and Long Lake. Over the 4th of July weekend, my friend Blair invited me out on a girls’ only trip out to Granite Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. Bugs were few, mainly in the meadows. June 20, 2018. Crabtree Trail Head Bear Lake Big Lake Buck Lake Camp Lake Cow Meadow Lake Deer Lake ... My uncle talked for years about the trout in Huckleberry Lake, and I’ve always wanted to go there. The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. Yes, get water when you can. Bear cansare not required. Journals. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/crabtree-trail Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. Buck Lakes are tucked away deep in the Emigrant Wilderness, with 20 other lakes within a three mile radius. She's one of those athletic types, so we let her carry the stove and water filter to slow her down. During two planned layover days, we will have the opportunity to explore more remote areas, swim, or just relax. You ... An alternative - and to some backpackers' minds an easier - route to Deer Lake is to begin at Crabtree Camp and head out past Camp Lake, Piute Lake, Gem Lake, and then on to Deer Lake. We hiked the full loop. Trailhead to Huckleberry lake on Saturday and then back to Crabtree on Sunday. This was very strenuous and was made way slower by all the snow on the south trail. Wilderness Permit: A free permit can be picked up from the Pinecrest Summit Ranger Station which is only about 7 miles from the crabtree trailhead. Crabtree Trailhead is serviced by a very affordable Aspen Meadow Pack Station The cost is $200 per person (maximum of 75 lbs. I did a ~30 mile loop solo from Crabtree to Emigrant Lake via Gem Lake and Deer Lake, then Emigrant L. to Woods Lake, and back along the Buck Meadow Creek and Grouse Lake. This is definitely much harder than I imagined! Start and end at the Crabtree Trailhead. Views are similar to Yosemite (afterall, it's just a bit north of the park - same Sierra's). Not the ideal place for spending the night. There are several areas where the trail is rocky and easy to lose, just keep an eye on your map. The trailhead at Crabtree Camp is easily accessible by most vehicles despite the three miles of forest service dirt road (4N26), which is maintained for passenger vehicles. destinationisolation / July 25, 2013. We cut through to Gem lake to get to Deer Lake. Food . This lake is easily approachable from Crabtree Camp. Pinecrest, CA. But prettier. Crabtree TH to Bear Lake. You will hike several miles on pure granite. the North side has plenty of shade and the terrain is lovely and changes as you hike. Took 4 hours up and 3 hours down for this first-timer with a 30lb pack (including food and water). Off the beaten path, including a road that turns into gravel and potholes (our VW Golf did fine at slow speeds and with proper road assessment to navigate the deeper holes) However, the mosquitoes are really bad! Emigrant Lake is considered one of the premier destinations in the Emigrant Wilderness. When we hit Bear Lake, we turned left and continued up to the northeast corner, keeping the lake on our right. I haven’t adventured much off of Sonora Pass, so I immediately said yes! Day 4 we hiked the final 5 miles and drove home Check out other trails in the Emigrant Wilderness Area. Backpacking in Emigrant Wilderness: Crabtree Camp to Gem Lake. Although the trip is rated moderate, we will Did this as an overnight with my dog 09/26-09/17/2020. I loved it, just wish I would have been more prepared for how hard it would be. Bear Lake rests on Lily Creek just inside the Emigrant Wilderness. Just got back. Emigrant Lake is a reservoir located 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Ashland, Oregon, at the southern end of the Rogue Valley. Fall 2008: Emigrant Wilderness A Cross Country Ramble in the Emigrant Wilderness Part 1 - Crabtree to Boundary Lake . Day 4 – Gem Lake to Crabtree Trailhead. Day 3 Grouse Lake (the least pretty (20 miles in) of the lakes, but the camping is quite lovely - get back up into the rocks to avoid the skeeters). This trip idea belongs to Tal, and he is undisputably The Host; please direct all meaningful questions to him. 7.5 km blue singletrack trail. I sure was sore, but it was worth it. I want to come back in the spring or early summer to see the flowers and running water. Lots of obvious camp sites there. No issues at night, either. Crabtree Camp Trailhead is open from June to November but depending on the snow levels opening and closing dates vary. Camping at Bear Lake, however, is limited to a single night. Details. Did this loop Sunday 8/16 through Wednesday 8/19. Flight. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. It's about 10 miles by that route. No mosquitos! Nice hike this time of year. Anglers often spend a week there, working around its long shoreline. Last 2 miles to get to Crabtree were gravel road but easily passable with my 17yo 2WD car! You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in Pinecrest to pick yours up. Sugar Pine Railroad Grade (Strawberry Branch). Lake choked with lilly pads and only a small area to access the water. Suddenly, I saw a big trout come up for a bite. Sierra 2008. The lakes on the way are all pretty great and makes for a great hike with lots of little stops at lakes on your way. Tumtum: Home. July 26 & 27, 2008 - Emigrant Wilderness - Crabtree to Granite Lake Another attempt at a partial off-trail trip and in a place that is becoming very familiar....Emigrant Wilderness. Mosquitoes were definitely heavy but manageable, also watch out for the big biting ants. The TripOur journey starts at the Crabtree Trailhead and climbs through forests to reach the high country, where we will find sparsely vegetated granitic valleys and lush meadows. Loved it. Not as rugged as some Sierra landscapes, this one was still appealing. We camped at: Our plan was to hike the five-ish or so miles to Granite Lake. We had Buck lake to ourselves and it was amazingly beautiful. On Monday, we hiked out the entire 12 miles back to the trailhead. Plenty of lakes to grab water from, though in mid-day, the heat got to me and I ended up without water on an incline. Climbing. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 40.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. We detoured to Bear Lake first, which was pretty crowded. The hot, pulled pork sandwiches were delicious. There were mosquitos too, but not so many above 8k ft yet. Photos. Beautiful 25 mile loop with plenty of options to set up a base camp and do day hikes. At 72-years of age, I finally got on one of those horses and rode 12 hours out to the lake. We hiked three miles in Friday night and camped Saturday night at wood lake before hiking out in the morning. Sure, some of those other lakes require a lot of up-and-down and round-about hiking, but Buck Lakes will provide enough great fishing to keep you busy for a long weekend in the back country. This trip would start out at the Crabtree trailhead close to the site of my first outing of the FY08 backpacking season. Campsite elevation: 7,600 feet. Very few people, I didn’t see anyone between emigrant lake and huckleberry lake. The trail is super super easy to identify and follow, which is awesome. Trail is a bit rocky, Granite Dome to Ridge Lake and Iceland Lake, Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake, Leopold Lake, Deer Lake and Gem Lake, Bear Lake and Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop, Aspen Meadow Road, Crabtree Camp and Buck Lakes Loop, Emigrant Wilderness and Sachse Monument Loop. All streams and creeks are dried up. For the hardly athletic, out of shape, older folks, this loop is quite challenging. There are trout at Jewelry Lake, Deer Lake, and the Buck Lakes, however, they are difficult to catch, easily spooked with a light bite. Great trip. Since no hikers had been out and back, they had little information about […] No matter when you come you will likely encounter quite a few backpackers due to the proximity to the Emigrant Wilderness. Length 17.7 mi Elevation gain 3264 ft Route type Out & back. Camping gear must be dropped off at the loading dock very early in the morning. The trail runs along the north side. Ariend and I hiked this one week ago over 4 days, starting late Friday (around 6:30). if you stop moving they will eat you a live. How to find us. Lots of variety in views and terrain which kept it exciting the whole way. We did the full loop and there were so many inclines, declines with boulders, large rocks and steep steps . Only one or two other groups at each lake each night but we started on a Monday. I barely made it through each days and was so wiped out every day it was difficult to enjoy the beauty of the trail. All of these are lovely, but if I do it again I'll push on to Jewelery Lake for the first night and maybe spend a night at Upper or Lower Buck Lakes instead of Wood. For the avid hiker, this might be considered "moderate". So more people. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass (Leavitt Peak). The reflection of light at sunset on the granite mountains is really magical as the mountains turn pink and gold. We were fortunate to have great weather and almost no mosquitos. Most backpackers take two days to make the 13-mile hike from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead to Emigrant Lake deep in the Emigrant Wilderness. If you should seek other waters, nearby Emigrant Lake should be just what you were looking for. Bear Lake sits just inside the Emigrant Wilderness nestled in a granite valley accompanied by a sea of conifers. Distance: 5 miles. We took the north trail out and made it to Jewelry Lake to camp Saturday night. We will camp near pristine alpine lakes. Grouse Lake is small. I did an overnight and after I set up my tent I did not go out In this case look out for rock stacks to lead the way. A ranger that I met on the trail the day before said that he’d heard anglers catch 25-inch trouts there. The South side of the loop is spectacular. Backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness! Go clockwise. No arrangement required and there’s no quota. The rocky shore dropped deep into the lake and offered trout places to hide. This peaceful little lake makes a great early season hike as well as an easy trek for those wishing to get away for the weekend without spending all day on the trail. We'll hike mostly on trail through classic Emigrant country past appropriately named Jewelry and Gem lakes and crossing Cherry and Piute Creeks. Day 1 – Leavitt Lake to High Emigrant Lake over the volcanics of the Relief Peak Formation. Admittedly Grouse was a bit subpar for the area. There was a fire near Bear Lake that brought smoke into the skies on Wednesday. Overall, stunning scenery. Dont miss it. The crossing at the “dam” was a bit high, but you could still wade across. Very beautiful. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. From Crabtree Camp to Lily Pad Lake September 24, 2012 February 13, 2014 / Tara Taft With our 45-pound packs on our backs, we began our journey about 8:30 a.m. and set out on the Crabtree trail in the Stanislaus National Forest before entering the Emigrant Wilderness. I downloaded an offline map from maps.me that I preferred to using the AllTrails map. Gluttons for punishment, we went back to the Emigrant Wilderness again, this time with Nikki, Steph's friend, in tow. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. We hiked from the Crabtree trailhead through Grouse Lake and made it all the way to Deer lake. Day 3 – Frasier Lakes to Gem Lake via Wood Lake. Part 1. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. But where are all the people? From Crabtree trail head to Bear Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness Area, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. We went counter clockwise just to give us a shorter way out. That was amazing!! Water is not as frequent, though it shouldn't be an issue to fill up in the morning, at lunch, then finally at camp. Rounded granite domes, alpine meadows, cascading streams, and stately forests greet backpackers on the 14-mile journey to the lake. From Sonora, we turned east up Hwy 108, through Twain Harte and … As with Huckleberry and Twin Lake, no one else was present. It would have been nice to stay one more night or go on a weekend where it wasn’t freezing. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail is in good condition and the snow has melted. Day 1 Camp Lake (3 miles in) This is a difficult out and back trail to Bear Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. Emigrant Lake was much larger than any of the lakes I visited the day before. Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. For true backpackers! At the junction to Horse Meadow we met a single woman hiker who was from Oakland, as is Jennifer. Crabtree (Emigrant Lake) hiking trail in Tuolumne County, California. The hike is definitely buggy, but with magic bug repellent lotion (Ultrathon) and mosquito nets for our faces, we were fine. Happy Hiking! I stood and watched the lake for a few minutes. Along the way, we stopped for lunch and to pick up crickets at a gas & bait shop near Angels Camp. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. At Emigrant Lake we were not allowed to have a fire, the first time for that. You will pass Camp like about 2 … The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. There were some beautiful lakes that popped up and I only ran into a single rancher the entire way back until I was about a mile to the trailhead. Part 3. Day 6: On our last night, we may choose to camp at Piute Meadow, or Lily Pad Lake or Grouse Lake. We hiked the trail clockwise, and it was excellent. Camp Lake is a perfect resting spot half way in but before moving on to Bear Lake make sure and climb up to the top of the granite on the south side of the lake for magnificent views overlooking Pine Valley. This place is magical. We drove out Friday night, camped at the trailhead, and started on the trail at 8 am Saturday morning. Beautiful place. We started off at the Gianelli Cabin trailhead (elevation 8580’) behind the Pinecrest Ranger Station late Friday afternoon. Part 2. Also: cows with loud bells. I’d much rather hike down the south trail than up it, so I’d do the route clockwise if I went again. Definitely a bit smoky, but for the most part this wasn’t a big deal. Deer Lake is amazing and has some big rocks and an island in the middle of the lake. There was also a cold snap that weekend, so nighttime temperatures were freezing, bring layers. Day 2 – High Emigrant Lake to Frasier Lakes, with perhaps the most stunning camp view you’ll ever see. People go off the trail to the south side. Emigrant Lake is a local oasis nestled between the hills of Ashland and a great opportunity to get away from it all without having to go too far from home. Did this loop over the weekend! 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