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Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake

San Francisco, California

Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake

Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Thom Gabrukiewicz
"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."

Trail Information

San Francisco
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9
Distance
950 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours or overnight
Duration
Mid-July through late October; snowshoe in winter
Season
Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Caples Lake
Local Maps

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