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Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby justm » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:45 pm

Has anybody made it back to Buck lakes or Huckleberry lake in the Emigrant wilderness? If so, how is it crossing the west fork of Cherry creek ? I know it can be tricky during high run off. Thanks



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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby balzaccom » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:47 pm

I flew over that area last weekend. Huckelberry was still frozen over, as were Deer lake, Wire Lakes. etc.

A lot of snow there. Sadly, I couldn't see Cherry Creek well enough to know what it's like....but i can guess!
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby rlown » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:08 pm

Pork50 is supposed to be there with his dad this week. I'd watch for a post if, er, when he makes it back..
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby justm » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:20 pm

thanks for the info!
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby jfelectron » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:31 pm

There is a TR over at backpackinglight.....http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... d_id=50483

West Cherry running very high as it always is early season. Solo hiker decided not to ford it as he estimated it was mid-chest to shoulder deep. I'd suggest entering via Kennedy Meadows and hiking south and avoid major forks of Cherry or Summit creeks if possible.
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:08 am

I just returned from 3 nights in Emigrant. We were able to cross Cherry Creek easily across some log jams about half a mile downriver from where the main trail crosses the creek. It appeared someone had added a duck next to the crossing when we returned the same way yesterday. I'd suggest crossing as early in the day as possible.
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby AK26 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:35 pm

I'm planning to head up to Emigrant Wilderness out of Crabtree this Thursday for a 3 night backpacking trip also. How far did you end up going after crossing Cherry Creek. Did you get to Deer or Buck Lake? Are they frozen over? I'm trying to figure out how much snow is up there and if i should bring my fishing gear so I can plan accordingly. Any advice would be appreciated... Thanks.
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby calipidder » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:12 am

I backpacked out of Crabtree for an overnighter last weekend. We had hoped to make it across Cherry but people we passed on the trail were saying it was chest high by afternoon. Since we wouldn't get there until about 1 pm we decided to take the trail up towards Bear and camp up the creek a bit (away from the crowds). Not the long hike we were intending but it was nice to get out.
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:57 am

I will try and post a full TR later today—playing catch-up with work right now.
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Re: Emigrant wilderness ?

Postby AK26 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:01 pm

Thanks Carne_DelMuerto.

That would save me alot of stress on whether to head out in that direction. If it's too dangerous, I would rather plan out a different route.

Do you guys have any suggestions on another 3 night backpacking trip in Emigrant or Carson-Iceberg Wilderness good for fishing without dangerous river crossings... preferably a loop? I have been looking foward to this trip with my buddies since April, and it looks like I will have to plan another way...
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