Chain Lakes is a series of three lakes located in the south east corner of Yosemite. 7.9 miles from the trailhead. The Leavitt Lake trailhead offers the shortest access to the Sierra high country of the eastern Emigrant Wilderness and northern Hoover Wilderness Areas. My plan this time was to hike further east in a straightforward loop trail, visiting several lakes along the way. From the Box Spring trailhead, you can reach the following lakes: Chain Lakes: 5 small lakes less than 7 acres each at 7586' elevation.2.2 miles from the trailhead. Very poor spawning capability. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from August until September. It was also hunting season -- Emigrant is a Wilderness Area and plays by different rules than a National Park. At times, fly fishing was excellent in the lagoons and stream with rainbow trout up to 15 inches. If you have visited Emigrant Wilderness before, please tell us about it with a comment below. After the sun dips below the horizon, its rays refract through the atmosphere, which filters out all but the pink/magenta light. The lakes are well on their way to becoming meadows, which makes fishing very difficult. Dry Flies:Small Western Green Drake #14-16BWO #16-18Parachute Adams #12Elk Hair Caddis #14-16St. Contain Rainbows.Big Lake: 61 acres at 7688' elevation. We can see miles of our trail along volcanic crests and slopes while viewing lakes and snow-covered Sierra peaks in the distance. We will enter the wilderness from the west, traveling through forested granitic valleys and camping at pristine lakes before arriving at the sparsely vegetated high country at the eastern side of the wilderness. No restrictions. Emigrant Wilderness Loop Trail is a 19.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The Cherry Creek, including the East Fork and North Fork, contain small 4-7" Rainbows and Brookies. 5 trout per day. Deer Lake - Emigrant Wilderness - 8/26 - 8/27/06 On Friday the 25th Mike, Steve and I headed out of the Bay Area and up to one of my favorite easy-to-get-to hiking areas...Emigrant Wilderness. I’ve noticed this phenomenon up here a few times now. It's a 3 mile drive to Leavitt Lake from Hwy 108 on a pretty rough dirt road with a couple of seasonal shallow stream crossings. There are a couple … There is a wealth of lakes spread out among the 100,000 acre of this pristine wilderness. Totem Pole at trail junction - Hoover Wilderness - Aug 1966. A popular lake with larger groups of campers due to several large camp sites in meadow above lake. (Do not attempt this with a car.) The best fishing within the Southern Emigrant Wilderness is within it's lakes. Cow Meadow became a popular rainbow trout lake with excellent spawning areas in the stream. 5 trout per day. Anyone who is interested in visiting Emigrant Wilderness can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. ICELAND LAKE & EMIGRANT WILDERNESS. Emigrant Wilderness is in the Reserves category for Tuolumne County in the state of California. About 7.7 miles from the trailhead. The lake resides within Yosemite National Park and the park discontinued fish stocking in 1991. Headed to Crabtree Trail, and took the trail to Camp Lake. October 4 - 6, 2019. Emigrant Wilderness is displayed on the Cooper Peak USGS quad topo map. I think it has to do with all the exposed granite that defines this landscape. Pink hour at Wood Lake in the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness high country. Both trailheads start from outside the park boundaries. Chewing Gum Lakes is located in Emigrant Wilderness, South of Lake Tahoe and North of Yosemite, with stunning valley views and gorgeous granite faces, peaking through the tree lines of the Stanislaus National Forest. 5.9 miles from the trailhead. Contains Rainbows.Yellowhammer Lake: 13 acres at 7757' elevation. I entered the Wilderness on a Monday and hiked out on a Friday. June through October are the best times weather-wise to visit Emigrant Wilderness; however, the trail does tend to open in May when the snow has cleared the roads. 7.9 miles from the trailhead. The Emigrant Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest is a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada.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. Coordinates: 38.1831039°N, -119.7620158°W through Nov. 15. Constant flow release from dams on Snow and Bigelow Lakes provide fine spawning and nursery areas and make the lake entirely self-sustaining. The Emigrant Wilderness is over 100,000 acres with over 80 lakes within a granite basin filled with granitic domes, ridges, and small hills. Some of these rainbows reach a decent size, up to 16 inches.Many Island Lake, Boundary Lake, Little Bear Lake, Spotted Fawn Lake, and the Inferno Lakes are all fishless. A 51 feet deep alpine, glacial, granitoid lake with good productivity and excellent reproduction. Sitting just north of Yosemite allows you to take in a portion of the beauty of Yosemite's surroundings with a quarter of the crowd. The Department of Fish and Game estimates that 42 lakes in this basin have rainbows, 28 have brookies, 6 have goldens, 2 have rainbows and brookies and 1 has rainbows and brown trout. The Emigrant Wilderness is located in the Stanislaus National Forest on the upper western slope of the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and is contiguous with the Yosemite Wilderness to it's south, the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness just to the north, and the Hoover Wilderness to the east. Only 2.6 miles, with a net gain in elevation of about 500 feet (although you climb almost 1000 and drop back by half), it took us just about 1 hr and 20 minutes to hike in with day packs, and about 45 minutes to hike out. It is located in the Emigrant Wilderness which is just 4 hours outside of San Francisco. The weather looked to be clear all day and freezing overnight. 19 miles from the trailhead is fishless.Cow Meadow Lake: (55 acres) at 7,840 feet.19.75 miles from the trailhead. Contains Rainbows.Rosasco Lake: 6 acres at 7902' elevation. The dam was destroyed by storms in 1990 and the USFS was instructed by court orders in 2006 to not maintain or rebuild the dam. Ample firewood and stock feed. Must take a primitive trail used by packers, not maintained, but well marked. Open all year. This trail goes by Camp Lake, No Camping, and Crabtree Camp. The presence of these dams increased the fish population by creating more favorable habitat through the retention of water. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Access to the southern section of the Emigrant Wilderness can be from Box Spring trailhead and the Bourland Meadow Trailhead, east of Sonora Pass Road (Hwy 108) at Long Barn. The best fishing within the Southern Emigrant Wilderness is within it's lakes. Elevation: 8,888 feet (2,709 meters) 22.5 miles from the trailhead. It is about 50 miles east of Sonora off Hwy 108. From our 2-night campsite, we were perched atop a granite hill with a clear view of snowy mountain peaks to the south (every direction really). One of the larger lakes in the area. Stocking was discontinued for amphibian habitat restoration. However, the trailhead is only accessible with an SUV with high clearance and 4-wheel drive. However, with the designation of "Wilderness", some have questioned the presence of dams within this watershed and have actually damaged some of these dams. As early as 1877, this lake has been planted with Rainbow trout. These trailheads are both at the end of dirt logging roads and can be tricky to locate. Contains Rainbows up to 12". Dogs are also able to use this trail. This is a 360 view of the lake , Chain Lakes Emigrant Wilderness From the Bourland Meadow trailhead, you can reach the following lakes:Hyatt Lake: 44 acres at 7387' elevation. About 17 miles from the trailhead. Along the way we passed by other large lakes including: Roosevelt Lake, Lane Lake, Fremont Lake, and Chain of Lakes. The first day and a half presents us with breathtaking beauty in the form of a moonscape-like wonderland. Grizzly Peak - Tim McSweeney, Kevin Twohey, Greg O'Leary, Bob Johnson Hoover Wilderness - Aug 1966. Take the Cherry Lake Road out of Rainbow Pools on Hwy 120. The trail, which is not regularly maintained and may at times be hard to follow, initially descends slightly to 7300', then stays mostly flat before rising just before the lakes. Contains small Rainbows and Brookies but difficult to fish due to the shallow nature of the lakes. I had been wanting to return to the Emigrant Wilderness for years now, having done two trips here previously. We managed to squeeze in one final Sierra trip to Emigrant Wilderness before winter slammed the door. Lower Long Lake - Hoover Wilderness - Aug 1966 . Thus, the Emigrant Wilderness combines the blacks, reds, and grays of basaltic and pumice stone with glacially polished granite vistas. 8.7 miles from the trailhead. In 2006, a federal court decision directed the USFS to not maintain these dams and most of the dams have been diminished. Emigrant Lower Loop is a 44.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The construction of a lake-level retaining dam in the 1930's created several lagoons and connected the lake with Cherry Creek. Contains Rainbows, last planted in 2014.Pingree Lake: 40 acres at 8093' elevation. Approx. There are some neat glacial erratics at the lake, and some cool weathered-smoothness on the charred wood. The hiker will pass several shallow lakes laden with lilly-pads (surely choked with mosquitoes during the peak of summer) on the way to the lakes. Since the dam has been removed the fishing habitat has diminished. Last planted in 2014. 9/6/2014 - Karls Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California. From the Shingle Springs trailhead, you can reach the following lakes:Kibbie Lake: (88 acres) at 6513' elevation. Kibbie has good spawning, despite the granitic nature of the streambeds and high runoff scouring, to maintain a stable popuation of rainbows. A number of check dams were built throughout the Cherry Creek drainage in the 1930's. It is a granite basin with many lakes. Contains small Rainbows and Brookies but difficult to fish due to the shallow nature of the lakes. 10 trout in possession. This area is intended to remain as fishless habitat for frog restoration.Huckleberry Lake: (200 acres) at 7,700 ft. ele. Another access is further south at Lake Eleanor at Shingle Springs trailhead. Copyright © Locality, LLC | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | About. Has a mixed population of eastern brook trout and rainbow trout. Travel three miles east on Highway 108, take the Long Barn Exit to the right, and proceed approximately one mile and turn right on North Fork Road (3N01). We drove an hour from Sonora, CA to enter the Emigrant Wilderness, part of Stanislaus National Forest. You can start at the trailhead at Globe Rock or start where I did at Quartz Mountain, a savings of 2.1 miles. About 4.7 miles from the trailhead. Length 19.5 miElevation gain 3172 ftRoute type Loop Although a trail is marked on some maps from Wood Lake to Karls Lake, we found the trail mostly non … I thought the angle of Hawksbeak Peak was the most interesting. Emigrant Wilderness… The streams incur heavy runoff in the Spring and are very thin during the late summer. 10 trout in possession. Rivers and Streams within Emigrant Wilderness: Last Saturday in Apr. The Emigrant Wilderness is a landscape of incredible beauty with broad expanses of granite peaks, glacially sculpted gorges, alpine lakes, mountain streams, and deep canyons. Der komoot-Nutzer Traveler hat eine Wanderung aufgenommen: CA, Emigrant Wilderness 3️⃣: Emigrant Meadow Lake - Emigrant Pass - Walker River Tr - PCT - Leavitt Pk - Latopie Lake ⛰️ 2020.08.22. The East Fork of Cherry Creek has lengthy sections of splendid trout fishing. Upper Long Lake - Hoover Wilderness - Aug 1966. Anyone who is interested in visiting Emigrant Wilderness can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Cross the Cherry Lake Dam, the trailhead is on the eastern shoreline. USGS Topo Map Quad: Cooper Peak Proceed approximately 20 miles on 3N01, cross Bourland Creek and turn left on 3N16, proceed 7 miles on 3N16 to designated parking, and pick up trail on the right. Cow Meadow contains rainbows but fishing can be iffy.Twin Lakes: Two lakes, Upper (95 acres) at 8906' elevation and Lower (200 acres) at 8659' elevation. ). From the Box Spring trailhead, you can reach the following lakes:Chain Lakes: 5 small lakes less than 7 acres each at 7586' elevation.2.2 miles from the trailhead. The lake had a depth of 36 feet. Letora Lake: 79 acres at 8351' elevation. Meadow near Emigrant Pass - Hoover Wilderness - Aug 1966. No restrictions. Most of the lakes are surrounded by lodgepole pine. You will pass the beautiful lakes filled with lily pads, hiking through a trail that is almost overgrown with corn lilies (don’t eat them, they’re toxic! The streams are subject to heavy runoff from the winter snows and the streambeds are scoured leaving little habitat for much insect activity. These are both primitive trails that can be well traveled or not. It is an elongated area that extends northeast about 25 miles (40 km) in length and up to 15 miles (24 km) in width. Emigrant Wilderness is displayed on the Cooper Peak USGS quad topo map. Notes: Length 44.3 miElevation gain 6246 ftRoute type Loop Used to contain Rainbows, now fishless. Feature Type: Reserve. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Last planted in 2014. Emigrant Wilderness is in the Reserves category for Tuolumne County in the state of California. 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