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 Darrin and Frank also had fresh eggs and some other goodies. Where we going?”. The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from the popular nearby Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. I was pushing for Gem lake as our day one destination, but Frank talked me down to Piute lake – 8 miles from the trailhead rather than 9.5. Emigrant Lake - Key Facts. It is bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Toiyabe National Forest and the Hoover Wilderness on the east, and State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on the north.  I showed Darrin, he nodded in approval, and we were on our way by 10:00am.  The nearest access to this lake is over 11 miles away; a thought that lingers in the back of your mind as you explore the back country. Piute Lake Rosasco Lake ... lake with turf strips around most of the lake margins. Frank and I had been talking about making a backpacking trip happen for years, and now of all times on such short notice I cannot believe it happened even though we’ve gone and returned already. Frank was up lowering the food bags by 7:30, and i once again could not pull myself from my hammock before 8. When we arrived at 8pm his pack was still empty. I hopped into the passenger seat and we were off. The lake is considered a premier destination for the Emigrant Wilderness. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.  Frank shouted in victory as well – after he limped into camp ten minutes later. After a bit we arrived at the shore of Camp Lake. We then continue to Piute Lake, where we will spend the last night in the Emigrant.  We hit the road after enjoying a cool beer from the ice chest we stored in the truck. Kim met me at the trailhead and she cooked a great meal and we shared our adventures of the day. “You know he’s coming, you just don’t know when.”. The following Wednesday, before the would-be trip was supposed to happen, Chy and I got home from some errands and Frank just appeared out of the bushes in my front yard, beer in hand. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Has a fair population of rainbows 8 to 14 inches. After an initial climb we reached a long flat area of trail. Paiute Meadow and Fremont Lake is a 22.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bridgeport, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. After 15 minutes or so we were on our way again. “No way man.” i said in agreement with Darrin. This is a popular trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness, offering a straight shot into the heart country and passing by a maximum number of lakes. We worked together as we went though his gear and talked about what he should bring from his current supplies, and what he may need to purchase. Ben could not make it. (7.5 miles / 1,350 feet up / 1,850 feet down / camp is at 7,900 feet elevation) The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October.  Let’s do it again. Frank, though, was still working on his. -Deer Lake Before we had even set foot Stanislaus National Forest we had enough excitement to write a short story; once again Frank proved his kindness and dedication to his friends; and for the first time I got to meet and get to know Darrin. Forking to the left would lead to Bear Lake (would probably make a good over nighter). Jewelry Lake wasn’t far down the trail, so we continued our trek. “Think I can bring it all?” Frank asked as he laughed. backpacks, day packs, sleeping bags and mattresses, enough knives to start a small knife shop, antique ropes, egg holders of all sizes and from different points in history, pots and pans, hammocks, a fishing tackle box large enough to hold one of each piece of tackle from Fishing World Warehouse, three fishing poles, and that was all just one wall! There are two hikes that I have wanted to do that till this point have remained ever elusive to me; Smith & Morris Lakes of the Trinity Alps, and the Crabtree Trailhead of the Emigrant Wilderness. This trail goes by Camp Lake, Piute Lake Campground, Piute Lake, Gem Lake, Jewelry Lake, Wood Lake, Grouse Lake, and Cra ... Crabtree TH to Gem Lake • Emigrant Wilderness.  I was using the Lifestraw Bottle. Aside from the gear, Frank was also dealing with an injury to the heal of his foot. We returned to my driveway to pick up the gear that had fallen out – and by 6:00 AM sharp we were officially on the way. We got to the lake at about 7pm. ( Log Out /   And if he needed to stop at the meadows so be it. Day 8: (Letoro Lake to Piute Lake) Leaving Letoro Lake, we climb up to Wood Lake, then down Buck Meadow Creek to a trail heading north to Gem Lake, where we will stop for lunch. “Fine!” he responded. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. 9/13/2014 - On the last day of our 11 day backpacking trip in Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite National Park, we stopped briefly at Piute Lake to …  I remember loving this lake much more on our way back through on Wednesday as it was vacant of all such noise makers. Other than stopping to take some pictures, we moved on.   I think he had gotten used to the elevation, his pack was much lighter, and it is of course an easier hike out, though we still had a few climbs to conquer. I was expecting there to be people around but there was no one. He mentioned that his son, Darrin, had just returned from an overnight backpacking trip and might want to go.  8 miles and a 1600′ climb – limping the whole way. The next morning I pushed on to Gem Lake then descended to Buck Meadow Creek to return to the trailhead via Pine Valley. It was definitely an adventure for the books. “Let’s just make it there and take a rest before making any decisions.” I said. ... Day 1: Camp Lake, Piute Lake, Gem Lake, Jewelry Lake, Deer Lake, Buck Lakes. 3 days, 2 nights. A ranger that I met on the trail the day before said that he’d heard anglers catch 25-inch trouts there.  We again sat on the shore and soaked up the splendor that saturated the landscape around us. 12 reviews of Emigrant Wilderness "Emigrants Wilderness is a great place for backpacking and/or day hikes. Tentative d “That doesn’t make any sense at all.” i said. “After 12” he said in a groggy voice. “I had 4:30 on my brain when I went to bed so I set my alarm for 4:30 instead of 3:30!”, “What time did you make it to bed?” I asked.  It’s not pure silence i long for; just the silencing of the ever present ‘schedule’ we experience in our every day lives. Has a fair population of rainbows 8 to 14 inches.  In a last minute effort before returning to full time work this summer, I felt it necessary to squeeze in one more backpacking trip. He held the fish up for us – it was a beauty! As we crested that last mountain, Frank was no longer using one stick for a crutch; he was using two. If we get as far as Piute Lake (8 mi, timed 4 to 5 hours by different pace hikers), we should be still on track to reach Huckleberry next day. “Ok let’s do it.” Frank said as he stood up. -Lower Buck Lake Enjoy a layover day to relax or explore the expansive panoramas and pristine lakes (including a rare Sierra lake with a wide sandy beach), each with its own unique beauty. We had been moving rather quickly at this point for about 4 miles.  You want to push forward?”  Darrin asked. The fish was amazing, and the two he caught were more than we could eat that night even after our long day of hiking. As I entered his office it was wall to wall gear. It’s this ‘silence’ of nature that intrigues me so. We hit the trail by 10:15. After gold was discovered in 1848, large numbers of miners and settlers descended on the area, causing a decline in the native population and their culture. Frank was quick to drop his pack and jump in. Mailing Address:P.O. We're going to drive up Friday AM to the Crabtree Trailhead. Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from theU.S. -Jewelry Lake by jaypliny.  “How’s your foot?”. A beautiful trail that crosses Piute Lake, Piute Meadow, Lily Lake, and Camp Lake along rolling terrain with a nice final section into the Crabtree Trailhead on the western edge of Emigrant Wilderness. Alpenglow above Camp at Piute Lake.  The first time we went car camping with him and Linda, we went for three days.  Up here we hit marsh after marsh, the landscape becoming increasingly lush. 45 to 51 at 8000 feet. I stopped in at his place Friday to see his gear, as he had text to inform me he pulled all of his backpacking stuff out of the garage. Not an easy trek by any means, but it’s splendor is sure to offset the difficulty. Good productivity, but no spawning areas. “I’ll be happy if I get to bed by midnight tonight!”. The following day I met up with Frank at Russian River Brewery for a beer and to discuss methods on which to minimize pack weight. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. Change ), Emigrant Wilderness/ Crabtree Trailhead(6.29.15). I pulled out the map and plotted a course that would send us to a few more lakes and add an additional 4+ miles to our day, making it more of a 12 mile day rather than 8. -Middle Buck Lake Trailhead: Crabtree (In and out with lollipop loop) Once we got down to the meadows and sat by Piute Creek, we had some good snacks. Once on it again, we followed the trail through a swampy areas to the east of the lake and discovered a great campsite a little north of the lake. Small, alpine, glacial, granitoid lake with turf strips around most of the lake margins. I continued through my list of people who could make such a strenuous trek – and no one could go.   Only peace. Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 7:00 AM: July 13:The 3 people going decided yesterday we would change this trip back to Emigrant Wilderness. It was also filled with mosquitoes, enough that our stay in this little canyon didn’t last long. Trip 2 (Out-and-back): Gianelli trailhead to Powell Lake, Lake Valley, Chewing Gum Lake, and Whitesides Meadow. “He’s only gone a few times.”. The tailgates down.”. Loved reading it. The Hike: Piute Lake (Emigrant Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada mountains) But he wanted to go again as he had learned from a few mistakes. Find the perfect piute stock photo.  All i could think of is how to show this wonderful place to Chy. He started thinking aloud between sips of beer as he looked up at the leaves of the trees in my backyard; “Oh man I have clients lined up.” he said.  The rest of the hike was a downhill descent to our camp at Piute Lake. Emigrant Wilderness, located south of Hwy. Frank was limping badly at this point. Thoughts of how Ben couldn’t make it for this very same reason came to my mind.  Darrin and i freshened up some as it was hotter than it should have been – and humid.  We headed eastward on the trail and cut north cross country to Long Lake.  “Think he’ll nap in his hammock?” i asked back.  Yet again in less than a mile we had another lake to visit; Deer Lake.  At least the trails are less challenging that the Trinities, and maybe a two night trek in will do the trick. Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 7:00 AM: July 13:The 3 people going decided yesterday we would change this trip back to Emigrant Wilderness. Elevation Gain: 1600 ft (1,100′ additional gain for the day hike)  Darrin had no objections, so we headed back down the cross country route we had just climbed up, and continued east on the trail toward Buck Lakes. Without hesitation i responded with a “Yes!”. ~10 miles. Franks Bloody Marys were awesome.  But again, we pushed on. We dropped down into the canyon that the lakes sit, and wove our way between them as we turned south. 9/13/2014 - On the last day of our 11 day backpacking trip in Emigrant Wilderness and Yosemite National Park, we stopped briefly at Piute Lake … “Well we are close.”  Frank said. The trip is certain to be a very difficult one; in just a little over 2 miles at one point there is almost 4,000′ in elevation gain. It is marked on the latest Tom Harrison Emigrant Wilderness Map as only occasionally maintained, but in 2017, the trail was open and easy to follow as far as the southern end of Upper Wire Lake. onuruno.e 2 years, 7 months ago Emigrant loop. 3 days, 2 nights.  My lake-chilled IPA was awesome. Being self employed, he explained, means having to work around his clients schedules. Darrin, Frank and i went item by item through his three packs and removed the unnecessary items.  I was intrigued by the endless granite landscape that sprawled out in all directions. Gem Lake was a relatively popular destination and we could only assume that the pack was stolen by a large animal looking for food the previous summer. Darrin was all set up. “Are you sure you should go with your foot like that?” i asked him. He had gotten off of work and stopped in just to say hello. If that was the end of the story, I’d be happy. Forest Service.  “These are so heavy!”, Frank laughed. “I dunno.” i responded.  Even now i am not sure how he made it. Suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head; “Hey Frank, wanna go backpacking?” I asked him. Sunset at Camp above Piute Lake. Rescheduling clients, putting together his gear, tuning up his truck, shopping for new gear, and much, much more. We made it to the trailhead. You'll need a permit for this loop so make sure to stop by the Summit District Ranger Station in … Loving this Lake much more this time around little less than half of what he had this... 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