"This is a popular hike, since you’ll get two great lakes—the first right outside your car door and the second after a surprisingly easy trek into the rugged, 105,165-acre Mokelumne Wilderness Area. This wilderness area, designated by Congress in 1964, straddles the crest of the central Sierra Nevada within the Stanislaus, Eldorado, and Toiyabe National Forests. Because of increased outdoor activity near Carson Summit, officials with the Eldorado National Forest have had to place restrictions on an area known as the Carson Summit Management Area, which encompasses your destination, Emigrant Lake. As of this writing, people cannot camp within 300 feet of the lake so that the shoreline can heal. Also, campfires are not permitted. However, dogs are still allowed, and this is too scenic a trip to let rules that are good for the forest wreck your plans. Consider making this a day hike, instead of an overnighter."