July 13-14, 2019. Since no hikers had been out and back, they had little information about the condition of the trails. Buck Lake Dam Loop. Not a lot of people at the camp sites at Grouse Lake. Posted by AMT at 8:55 PM. Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. As many have noted, mosquito armies attack at 7pm and don't let up until 7:30am. A great weekend! On August 3, I started out at the Crabtree trailhead in the Stanislaus National Forest and hiked into the Emigrant Wilderness. Park in the dirt parking area and then cross the metal footbridge, and you will see the trailhead marker on your left. They were loud both at Grouse Lake and Camp Lake. We planned to come in from Box Spring through Chain Lakes, but the road was impassable 5 miles from the trailhead. We went counterclockwise as the AllTrails map suggests. I had been wanting to return to the Emigrant Wilderness for years now, having done two trips here previously. 4. Fish for rainbows and brook trout. Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Hearing voices from time to time, fine. Chris texted us asking if we wanted to do a trip to the Emigrant Wilderness in Stanislaus National Forest. I planned a 3-night trip to Emigrant Wilderness to fish Emigrant Lake and some smaller lakes. Stunning views and an easy to follow trail made for a great time. Tiene un lago y es calificado como moderado. The Trail to Bear Lake An Easy Trek to a Secluded Lake. Anglers often spend a week there, working around its long shoreline. Camping for more than one night at Camp, Bear, Grouse, Powell or Waterhouse Lakes in the Emigrant Wilderness is prohibited in order to protect opportunities for solitude at these popular destinations. They loved it and will be backpacking on their own now! The trail takes you into the Mokelumne Wilderness. We hiked through burned forest with lots of new growth. You don't take anything because it can become life or death. Went out on Friday June 19. Planned to spend a second night at Bear lake but opted to skip due to the intense hordes of mosquitos that had come out after dark the night before. Recommend going on Thursday or Friday instead as I got a spot right at the front. Amazing trail work, beyond Grouse Lake. Did a 1 night backpacking trip on this trail. 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. Grouse Lake, all to ourselves Once again, the heavens aligned, and I was lucky enough to get some unplugged time in the mountains with old friends. I've been here twice and have couldn't have been happier with my experiences. Decided to camp at Grouse Lake. Emigrant Lake - Key Facts. Big Lake—we camped in this grove of trees. Don't plan on any seasonal streams or ponds in the late summer. Bear Lake and Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop ist ein 13.8 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Pinecrest, Kalifornien. Crabtree Trail to Buck Lakes to Pine Valley Trail. We started at Crabtree, down into Pine Valley, past Grouse Lake and up over the Groundhog Meadow “pass” into Louse Canyon. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Grouse Lake is small. Deer Lake was also very pretty and had a very nice camp site. Lake swimming better on far side of lake. 3. We called our friend Michelle and Owen met up for a weekend trip. 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