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."