Gianelli Trail

Stanislaus National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,021ft
Trailhead Elevation8,577ft
Elevation Min/Max8577/9124ft
Elevation Start/End8577/8577ft
Gianelli Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Emigrant Wilderness and Stanislaus National Forest. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 8,577 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,021 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Burst Rock (elevation 9,124 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also meadows along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Forest Route 4n34 and Forest Route 4n47.

Gianelli Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Long before the Sierra Nevada was uplifted to its present height, volcanic eruptions from the east flowed over much of the landscape north of Yosemite National Park. These flows buried most of the exposed granitic bedrock in the region. When the glaciers formed, they carried away much of the volcanic debris that buried the landscape, re-exposing the granitic bedrock. Beyond the northern end of the High Sierra, this glacially re-exposed granite gives way to deep volcanic deposits that weren’t completely removed by glaciation, thus forming a landscape much different than areas farther south in the Sierra. The contrasts between the two rock types is often striking, making this hike not only scenic but also offering insights into the geologic history of the region. This fine short hike ascends gradually from the trailhead to the panoramic viewpoint of Burst Rock, then drops into a granite bowl where you find lovely Powell Lake."

Gianelli Trail Reviews

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was returning from a nearby lake (bubble gum) and can't tell you how crazy beautiful this place is. We still had snow on the ground (finally out of the drought) and i have NEVER seen so many wildflowers in my life. Says its an easy hike, lots of switch backs, and due to the incline, was difficult for me (I am about 30 lbs over weight). Some of the best views I have ever seen. The ridge has incredible views. I have been going to PineCrest Lake for over 15 years and never knew this gem existed. We left the lake and actually got lost due to the snow being over the trail, and had a 2 hour plus hike that was not intended. GPS might be recommended but if no snow, should be ok. We had some mud to go thru; again, lots of water. I would do this again.
Beautiful hike. The views from Burst Rock are stunning and Powell lake is also amazing. The water in the lake is frigid even on a hot day. The hike can be a challenge though the overall elevation is not that much. The entire hike is above 8,000 feet and if you are not acclimatized to the altitude, it can be tiring.
This trail has to rank as one of the most scenic,easy hikes in the Sierra. Fantastic views to the south towards northern Yosemite. Be prepared for lots of people!
A beautiful hike on its own, but the destination, Powell Lake, makes it even more worthwhile. The trail is easy to follow (except the unmarked turn into Lake Powell) and traverses varietal terrain, i.e., wooded forest, sunny wildflower-decorated meadow, rocky slopes, high-elevation vista points. Lake Powell is very beautiful and serene, the surrounding trees and rock walls reflected in its shimmering surface. However, the water is a bit cold for all but the heartiest of human swimmers though the dogs loved it!

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Stanislaus National Forest
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Stanislaus National Forest