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."