Caples Lake and Emigrant Lake Trail

Kyburz, California 95720

Caples Lake and Emigrant Lake Trail

Caples Lake and Emigrant Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Rarely do two lakes on one snowshoe journey vary so much. Hat-shaped Caples Lake, which you stroll the shores of for more than 2 miles, is huge, often populated with cross-country skiers, and often partly to mostly melted during snowshoe season. Slug-shaped Emigrant Lake, your ultimate destination, is about 0.3 mile long, partially encased by granite walls, extremely remote, and heavily covered in snow even late in the season. It’s a lengthy and leisurely shaded ramble along the southern shore of shapely Caples Lake, then trace willow-lined Emigrant Creek past snowy meadows to glacier-formed Emigrant Lake. Tall Mokelumne Wilderness peaks tower above this deep and secluded lake. Fishermen sometimes try ice fishing in both lakes."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5–8 hours
Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Caples Lake
Local Maps

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Sep 2018