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Any experience with Emigrant Wilderness by Dodge Ridge?

Postby bdevlin » Tue May 06, 2014 8:13 pm

Looking for a place closer to Sacramento for a backpacking trip. Just a few guys getting away and seeing the wilderness. Hoping it's not too crowded on Jun 6th weekend. Also picked this area due to what appears to be shorter and easier hiking. Gianelli's Cabin looks to be the take off point to places like Granite Lake, Gem Lake, Y Meadow Lake etc.
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Re: Any experience with Emigrant Wilderness by Dodge Ridge?

Postby rlown » Tue May 06, 2014 8:15 pm

please post a route you intend. sorry for the rephrase.

You also said nothing about intention: fish, hike, etc.
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Re: Any experience with Emigrant Wilderness by Dodge Ridge?

Postby balzaccom » Wed May 07, 2014 9:21 am

We've done ton of hiking in this area, and it's very convenient. You can pull a permit at the Summit Ranger station at Pinecrest Lake, right at the turn-off to Dodge Ridge (and to your trailhead, either Crabtree or Gianelli.) Permits are free, and there are no trail quotas.

Your suggested routes and destinations are all good--but bear in mind that in early June the creeks will be high, and possibly dangerous to cross. This would be an issue for Piute Creek (between Crabtree trailhead and Gem Lake) and also Whiteside Meadow--which will probably a swamp about then. Y Meadow will be mosquito heaven. It's better later in season.

My suggestion? Crabtree to Granite is a great hike. There is no trail beyond Bear Lake--but there is a reasonably clear marked route. And Bear Lake is a good fall-back destination.

Later in the season, when the creeks go down, Gem Lake is lovely...and there is a lot to see beyond that...

We have loads of photos and trip reports about this area on our website...noted below
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Re: Any experience with Emigrant Wilderness by Dodge Ridge?

Postby jmyers » Wed May 07, 2014 8:56 pm

Emigrant is one of my favorite places I have hiked. As soon as I get bored we hit another lake, can't beat it. Crowds can be an issue if you don't go to far in. Once you get past Gem lake it tends to thin out. Last year we hiked in early June with no high water issues, just a few creeks shin deep. With less snow this year it should be even easier. It will most likely be mosquito hell though. My personal preference in Gianelli over Crabtree, but both are awesome. Last year in June we camped at Deer lake and saw two other groups the entire weekend.
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