Burst Rock Trail and Crabtree Trail Loop Backpacking

Cold Springs, California

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If you’re an angler, this long near-loop trail is for you. Cutting directly into the granitic, lake-speckled heart of the western Emigrant Basin, hardly a mile along this easy route fails to present a lake or a stream stocked with fighting, delectable trout. The trail’s destination, Deer Lake, possibly has more good fishing within a two-hour walk than any other spot in the entire Sierra. Our out-bound leg is the historic western portion of the difficult Emigrant Pass wagon trail, which brought intrepid gold seekers to the Sonora mines over 140 years ago. Today, it is by far the most pleasant and scenic westside avenue into the Emigrant Basin’s heart. The return path, via the easy Crabtree Trail, passes still more lakes, views, and meadows.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

If you’re an angler, this long near-loop trail is for you. Cutting directly into the granitic, lake-speckled heart of the western Emigrant Basin, hardly a mile along this easy route fails to present a lake or a stream stocked with fighting, delectable trout. The trail’s destination, Deer Lake, possibly has more good fishing within a two-hour walk than any other spot in the entire Sierra. Our out-bound leg is the historic western portion of the difficult Emigrant Pass wagon trail, which brought intrepid gold seekers to the Sonora mines over 140 years ago. Today, it is by far the most pleasant and scenic westside avenue into the Emigrant Basin’s heart. The return path, via the easy Crabtree Trail, passes still more lakes, views, and meadows.

© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cold Springs
Distance: 22.4
Elevation Gain: 2,920 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Stanislaus National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Pinecrest, Cooper Peak, Emigrant Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Burst Rock Trail & Crabtree Trail Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2006
2

An outstanding 4-day trip! Tons of wildflowers (esp lupine) throughout. Stayed first night at Y Meadow Lake - be sure to go to the far end of the lake for the sunset. Day 2 was spectacular, with an early morning traverse of Whitesides meadow, finishing up at Upper Wire Lake (best campsites about midway down the lake.) Climb the ridge just north of the campsites for a stunning view of Spring Meadow. Day 3 was mostly downhill. We planned to stay at Piute Lake, but a very noisy group and a lack of campsites made us continue to an unnamed lake just West of Piute Meadow. Not many campsites, but we had the lake to ourselves. Another benefit: It made the last day's hike a couple miles shorter. Highly recommended.


4/12/2006
0

Powell Lake was a good place to take kids, as I remember: less than two miles in, pretty lake, great ridge views nearby, lots of rocks and unamed tiny lakes for scrambling and exploring--all by virtue of the long dirt road accessible by car to the trailhead. Pretty fished out. Don't go early as I did once, unless you're comfortable with snow obscuring the trail. I also got a car stuck once trying to blow through a snowdrift on the road in. Almost made it. Deer lake is ten or so miles in, but the phrasing makes it seem it might be much closer. I never got there



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