Esmeralda Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A semi-loop through Esmerelda Basin and down De Roux Creek. The Esmerelda Loop combines several trails in a convenient 12-mile loop around the Esmerelda Peaks in the upper Teanaway River region, just outside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. As described here, the loop begins from the Esmerelda trailhead, but one may also begin the hike from the De Roux Creek trailhead.
Most hikers do only the first few miles of the loop, hiking through Esmerelda Basin to Fortune Pass or Lake Ann and back, a reasonable and popular day hike. Determined hikers can complete the entire loop in a day, but most will do it as a two-day backpack with a camp at Gallagher Head Lake or thereabouts."