Burst Rock Trail to Chewing Gum Lake

Sonora, California 95373

Burst Rock Trail to Chewing Gum Lake

Burst Rock Trail to Chewing Gum Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the shortest routes into spectacular Emigrant Wilderness, the Burst Rock Trail puts the hardest climb at the beginning. Historic and scenic, the trail offers magnificent vistas far south into Yosemite and north to the jumbled volcanic peaks of the Sonora Pass country. Crossing between the sawn logs, the trail crosses a poor dirt road and climbs moderately uphill through a red fir forest. Bending into switchbacks, we climb to an exposed rock outcrop with views north over the canyon of the South Fork of the Stanislaus to the reddish volcanic ridge that defines the northern boundary of Emigrant Wilderness, including the Three Chimneys, Castle Rock, and Cooper Peak. Continuing uphill, the gradient decreases as the forest clears, and we find ourselves rounding to the top of a dry, rocky ridge."

Burst Rock Trail to Chewing Gum Lake Trip Reports

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9/8/2009
I had Powell Lake to myself. A beautiful spot, insect-free at this time of year. More people at Chewing Gum, but great camping ops among the granite outcroppings.
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7/27/2009
A moderate hike of less than two hours. Unfortunately Chewing Gum Lake is becoming more popular. There were several groups near us which were respectful of the outdoors but could be seen and heard.
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Trail Information

Sonora
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.6
Distance
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours.
Duration
June to avoid the cattle, though you may hit snow and will hit mosquitoes. July through September has fewer mosquitoes, more cattle. October is typically fine, though you may encounter hunters.
Season
Stanislaus National Forest, Summit Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Pinecrest, Cooper Peak.
Local Maps

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