When photographer Mike Shea of Grass Valley couldn’t get answers to his questions about how the lakes of the Emigrant Wilderness received their names, he decided to find out and write a book about it. It's not a fishing lake, but it can have spectacular sunsets and offers good swimming. Includes details of wilderness areas, latest sierra wilderness news, resources for planning your trip, and notes from professionals in the field. Emigrant Lake: 140 acres at 8827' elevation, about 15 miles from the trailhead. The streams incur heavy runoff in the Spring and are very thin during the late summer. Contains rainbows and brookies, some in trophy size. Chewing Gum Lake is a beautiful little camping spot not far inside the Emigrant Wilderness. Covid-19 Restrictions Still in Place. While the wilderness (including big wall climbing) is open, overnight stays in wilderness (including on big walls) is prohibited. Photos of Emigrant Wilderness - 50. Mt. It was clear that the fields had been used as pasture land until very recently based on the manure and flies everywhere. A number of check dams were built throughout the Cherry Creek drainage in the 1930's. I’m not planning to spend the night. The lake is nearly 2 miles long with good camping on either end. This route is only open during the summer months after the road is plowed. The 4.5-miles hike to Chewing Gum Lake passes among wildflowers and has panoramic views of … Emigrant Wilderness The Emigrant Wilderness is a 113,000-acre, protected area that lies near the borders of Yosemite National Park. Hough Ranger District and Bucks Lake Recreation Area remain open. All recreation sites except for trails have been temporarily closed. We will encounter open alpine country, flower-filled meadows, mid-mountain forests, lakes, and rivers. In 1966, with Ed Myers, Bob Johnson, Tim McSweeney, Greg O'Leary and Kevin Twohey, I backpacked 58 miles on the annual "Deck Trek". Soaring peaks cradle the lake on three sides while acres of lush meadow spread at its foot. It is a granite basin with many lakes. Your source for Sierra wilderness information. Can I stay in the park after 5 pm? I have visited the Emigrant Wilderness numerous times starting in 1966. Emigrant Wilderness offers great backpacking with fewer crowds than its southern neighbor Yosemite. 1966 Deck Trek - August 28-September 4, 1966. ... After a while, the sparse forest started giving way to open meadows. Kennedy Lake has become a classic destination in the Emigrant Wilderness. Only a single-day's hike from the trailhead, it is easily done as a weekend trip. Jan 7, 2017 near Bridgeport, CA. In addition to the Emigrant Wilderness, we will visit the Walker Meadows in the Toiyabe National Forest and Dorothy Lake in the northern-most tip of Yosemite National Park. The Southern Emigrant Wilderness borders Yosemite National Park. No. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. 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