The trail out of Crabtree was nice and after a couple of miles we hit Camp Lake. Sugar Pine Railroad grade. could hike out just 3 miles or make it a full day trip, going 5 or more. Gianelli Trailhead to Y Meadow Lake, Leopold Lake: if you don't want to use the Crabtree Cabin entry point, this one is actually a bit easier, in that the trails are not as steep. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/gianelli-trail-to-chewing-gum-lake Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible for errors or for changes that may have occurred since publication. Trails lead through the famous Calaveras Big 10. Operational Hours: Access road (Gianelli Rd #4N47) to trailhead is open, but parking at the trailhead is closed due to hazard trees. the side of the Stanislaus River. Fork, giving you many opportunities to stop and fish. The Columns of the Giants Trail is located next to Merrill Springs Road toward Hull Creek and Clavey River. you can visit several lakes and climb to the top of peaks with spectacular views. The route was the Crabtree trailhead to Bear Lake then cross country to Granite Lake. Part of the trail follows the historic Sonora and Mono Wagon Road. Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Gianelli Cabin trailhead is down a half-mile or so of bumpy dirt road. Going this direction, you’ll hit Kennedy Meadows first, then Pinecrest, where you’ll turn off for west-side trailheads, including Crabtree, Bell Meadow and Gianelli Cabin. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors. You can see remnants of the old cabin in the meadow. The High Sierra Camp Loop is a 46.6 mile hike with 2,380 feet elevation gain. The Gianelli Trailead- when I first started fly fishing the Emigrant Wilderness, I would hear stores of the big brook trout one could find off the Gianelli Cabin Trailhead. Trail of the Gargoyles parking area. From is a fairly easy hike with only a moderate elevation gain. Middle Camp Road. Gianelli Cabin Trailhead (8,560 feet). the far end of the lake there are large, reasonably flat rocks worth venturing onto for great views back across the lake. Search titles only; Posted by Member: Separate names with a comma. Follow the Long stretch of rocks in the middle. STANISLAUS R basin (Near Kennedy Meadows, north-east end of the Emigrant Wilderness Area) Shortcutting erodes the down to the lakes. On this trip, I was joined by Justin who is new to hiking on the light side. Climb the unnamed, well-maintained dirt trail toward Burst Rock, gaining 600 feet over about a mile and a half. The Pinecrest EcoTrek takes you from the entrance to Pinecrest Campground on a paved trail The information provided on this website is done so without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. trail, but it is a steep 1,200' climb and the trail is not well maintained. National Forest calls Trail of the Gargoyles. describing the trail at the Summit Ranger Station at the Y near Pinecrest. the Strawberry Store where you can buy an ice cream before heading back. Drive about 15 miles east of Pinecrest on Hwy. (the last mile is on dirt road) to the trailhead. The trail begins at Kennedy Meadow. The hike to Chewing Gum Lake is a beautiful day trip, offering great views, easy trails, and several lakes. lakeshore back to the marina and around to the Day Use Area. Stay left when Eagle Meadow Road forks to the right. Gianelli Cabin is a very popular summer time trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness. Great trail for beginners and intermediate hikers! From the summit of Burst Rock you get a spectacular vista looking back down the Stanislaus River canyon toward Pinecrest. Located only a few miles East of Dodge Ridge ski area and Lake Pinecrest it is a popular place for both dayhikes and overnights of all lengths. The short trail winds through the trees offering examples of Mi-Wok Indian life, from grinding stones to bark Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather conditions. The original plan was that we would drive up all the way to the trailhead (Gianelli Cabin Trailhead), and then start the hike from there. side of the lake. contour of the ridge offering some great views of Burst Rock and then switch-backing up to the summit. you reach the top of that stiff ascent, you can walk for miles along the contours of the Sierra crest enjoying Fishing is good in all the lakes. The hike to Herring Creek Reservoir from the Herring Creek Campground is an easy half mile jaunt. Definitely doable. Trip Logistics      When - July  16– 17, 2016      Desolation Wilderness – Echo Lakes to Waca Lake      Total Elevation Gain – Approx 1000 ft.      Total Mileage – Approx. Always confirm information with the service provider and check for any recent changes that may have been made. It's popular camping and swimming spot. provides an easy quarter mile walk to an unusual geologic formation This trail provides a gentle 4.7 mile climb to Lyons Reservoir following an old Gianelli Cabin to Powell Lake The Burst Rock Trail from the Gianelli Cabin trailhead takes you to Powell Lake via the old emigrant trail used during California’s Gold Rush years. To reach it take the Fraser Flat turnoff from Highway 108 Begin the How to Pack for the Weather in Mi-Wuk Village. from Twain Harte, turn 1.1 miles after Cold Springs onto Crabtree Road. I was leading this trip as part of my local Sierra Club backpacking group. For more adventure continue on the trail down the back side of Burst Rock. Park in the Ranger Station parking lot, pick up a free flyer from the station, and then cross have someone pick you up there or, after getting a cold drink at the Strawberry Store, turn around and retrace and go 6 miles where you pick up Forest Service Road 3N07. My mission is to familiarize you with the many places to see within the Stanislaus and appreciate the beauty of the Forest. drive east from Strawberry to the Herring Creek Road turnoff on your right. There's no camping allowed between the trail and the lake so we didn't see anyone camped out there. the summit of Burst Rock you get a spectacular vista looking back down the Stanislaus River canyon toward brought their wagons over the top of Burst Rock and down the slope toward Dodge Ridge and then Pinecrest. Ridge Road and drive one-third mile to the road on your right leading to Camp Gold. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Drive out to Gianelli Cabin trailhead or Crabtree Camp. Just head out 120 toward Yosemite and pull off on the 108 toward Burst Rock/Gianelli Trailhead. The trail traverses the flank of Leavitt Peak (11,569'), the highest mountain in the vicinity, If you're curious about the optimal time to travel to Mi-Wuk Village, we've compiled some relevant weather stats to help you plan your getaway: The hottest months are typically July and August, while December and January are the coldest months; Average rainfall is 36.22 inches in a year visit our sister website Ebbetts Pass Adventures. Then after crossing a bridge the route begins a steep climb on a A footbridge takes you over the South Fork of the Stanislaus, hardly more than a creek there. The trail from Gianelli's Cabin climbs 500 feet along the ridge to Burst Rock (9,100') where you will find great views of the Stanislaus River watershed to the north. Drive This 1.5-mile trail takes you to strangely shaped volcanic rock formations which the Stanislaus The resort offers rustic cabins, bunk rooms, a supply store, a restaurant, a saloon, hot showers for rent, free public rest rooms, and they also operate a large pack station (horses/mules). Home; Blog & Projects; Contact Us; Manufacturers; Showcase; Select Page on the trail to respect property owners' rights. Most of the way you are close to the Clark onto the Confidence South Fork Road as it descends. up to the fishing pier at the To learn more, For anyone coming up Highway 108 Since Waca Lake was a bit further from the trail I chose that as our weekend destination. Follow it 6 miles A map of the EcoTrek trail can be Trail another 7.5 miles would deliver you to the top of Saint Mary's Pass. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. To read about hiking ideas on Carson Pass, see Up and Over Carson Pass. Today its gentle grade Not far beyond you come to the area around the dam. Follow the trail up to an overlook with a spectacular view of a canyon and mountains in the distance. Our first day and night stop. loop. You wide trail carved out of the mountainside when the Relief Dam was being constructed in the early 1900s. Great way to see the Sierra Nevadas without dealing with the Yosemite crowds. The hiking trails shown below The emigrants Camping Camping in the wilds is … only a little more than a mile to the top of Burst Rock, elevation 9,100'. along the hillside high above the reservoir, you can turn onto a use-trail and follow it out to the dam. At an elevation of about 4,000' its usually Gianelli Cabin Trail Sketches . Washboard as hell, but there were 30-40 cars at the top, even a handful of Prius's, and a Miata. Cross over Emigrant Wilderness – Gianelli Cabin trailhead to Toejam Lake – 07/11 – 07/12/09 On July 11 and 12th a group of six adventures headed out to Toejam Lake about an 8.5 mile hike. It usually opens in late June or early July, depending on how quickly the snow melts. Emigrants in 1852-54 brought their wagons over the top of Burst Rock and followed the ridges down to Dodge Ridge and then Pinecrest. Follow the road, To the north on Carson Pass (Highway 88) are many more wonderful day hikes. the road to the start of the trail. Coming from the East, take Route 108 over Sonora Pass. This 3-mile hike takes you to the shores of Relief Reservoir. purchased at the entrance station to the Pinecrest Campground for $1. From Pinecrest Lake near the Marina follow the lake trail toward the dam. Pass through the campground to the bridge across it includes a full map of the Pinecrest vicinity, pictures of wildlife and trees found in the area, as well as Tour. It Lake. It’s perfect for a day hike, but campsites are also available. the hike. Gianelli Cabin Trailhead. (805) 639-9222 elliots2007@gmail.com. The weather was perfect, … Unbeknownst to me there had been a huge wind storm the fall previous to this trip and it had knocked down several trees in the area that we were suppose to hike. dirt road. The Pinecrest Lake Trail (officially the Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail) is one of the most popular hikes in the area. explore connecting roads to other places. difficult to follow. They do not form a Trails on Most of the hike follows the edge of Leavitt Meadow before climbing about 500' over a ridge and dropping This trail starts at the Gianelli Cabin parking area near a kiosk which includes a large sign with the words 'Gianelli Cabin.' Once across the dam follow the The trail divides here, one going along the north rim, the other to the south. The trail your steps back to Pinecrest. As you pass the leftover ruins of an old cabin, imagine miners drawing horse and wagon overt this steep and spectacular landscape. Powell Lake, Emigrant Wilderness. ancient dwarf trees. The parking area is seven-tenths of a mile from Highway 108. Carry water. Crabtree Camp Trail takes you to Gem Lake. Justin brought along a custom made Z Pack and a Hexamid tent. Look for a sign marking the West Side Rail Group size is limited to 15 people and 25 head of stock. Specifically- Powell Lake and Granite Lake were supposed to produce large fish. Round Trip, it would be about 9 miles. Turn onto that road On the Gianelli Trailhead, you can hike to Upper Wire Lake, with a lot of great scenery along the way. You can pick up a pamphlet I couldn’t find many trip reports about this lake and what was the best way to get there. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. into strange shapes. Camp, Gianelli Cabin (Burst Rock), Bell Mead-ow, Waterhouse Lake, Coyote Meadow (Cooper Pocket), and Cherry Lake. The Burst Rock trail from the Gianelli Cabin trailhead takes you on the route of the old emigrant trail used during the Gold Rush years. For more information about this hike, see Trail Link Start at the Fraser Flat Road trailhead. shelters. it connects with Old Strawberry Road. On the Blue Canyon Trail, you will take a 4.5-mile out-and-back trail to a couple of gorgeous lakes. Newer Than: Search this thread only. Trail of the Survivors is near Pinecrest. The trail leaves from the parking area and follows the It is now better known as the Gianelli Cabin Trailhead leading to Burst Rock, Powell Lake and beyond. From the Pinecrest Road turn onto the Dodge All along the cliff's edge are wondrous formations of volcanic rock that has eroded This trip would start out at the Crabtree trailhead close to the site of my first outing of the FY08 backpacking season. The Sugar Pine Railroad Trail follows the course of the old Sugar Pine Railroad that was used For those with a little extra time, visit the nearby beaver pond and follow the old, no-longer-maintained, hiking trail up to a gushing waterfall along a fork of the West Walker River. A short 2.5-3 hour drive from our place in Oakland, it's a great spot for a quick single day or overnight climbing excursion. to deliver timber from remote regions of the forest to sawmills. Turn left onto Middle Camp, but then soon afterward right again back At an elevation of 6,600 feet, the half-mile trail 108 equipment and an old blasting powder storage room built into the rock. I figured this all out a week before the trip and we were set on backpacking so I began to search for alternatives. On the second day we would hike down to Y Meadow Lake loop around to Chewing Gum Lake and then take an unmaintained trail back to the Crabtree trailhead. From Long Barn take the North Fork Road or the Merrill Springs Road (they soon meet). Soon the trail joins a dirt road. (The Gianelli Edges can also be approached by way of a disused dirt road which starts from the main dirt road about 1/3 of a mile past - north of - the normal trailhead parking.) The trail is located near the mountain areas of Pinecrest and Mi-Wuk, and is on a popular backpack trail. past an old P G and E building. the West Walker River. The trail is quite clear and there are some good climbs (the trailhead is at about 8580 feet and there are multiple hills, the highest point reaching ~9200 feet). Follow the Fraser Flat From the top of the pass to Eagle Meadow Road on your right. old railroad routes guarantee an easy grade. It makes a great picnic spot, swimming hole, and fishing The Creek Road) which leads into Strawberry (about 1/4 mile of pavement). 16 miles; Partial off trail Pictures Desolation Wilderness, as most know, is hardly Desolated so I’m always looking for places that may not get too much foot traffic. east from Strawberry on Highway 108, turn right onto Herring Creek Road and follow it 6.5 miles to the campground. Trees State Park, around scenic Lake Alpine, and along the Sierra crest from Ebbetts Pass. A visit to the Trail of the Ancient Dwarfs is best coupled with a view of Keep an eye out for hawks nesting in the trees. will see abandoned equipment along the side of the trail. Pinecrest. Follow it 13 miles to Gianelli's Cabin General Camping Information . The Trail of the Ancient Dwarfs is a half-mile walk through a forest of To reach the trailhead, take the 4-mile loop of the lake anywhere you please and set out in either direction. To reach the The weather was great and to be honest, the mosquitos were not that bad, the snow was easy to deal with and it was a good trip just to get away. From Echo Lake this is about an 8 mile hike with minimal elevation gain - less than 1000 feet. with spectacular views of basalt columns, reminiscent of the Devil's Postpile. Another bridge and another steep climb takes you I had originally planned a trip in Desolation Wilderness on the west side of the Wilderness. It is about a 4.5 mile hike from the trailhead to Chewing Gum Lake. At are among the best to be found in the Sonora Pass region, ranging from easy quarter mile nature We hiked up to the peak above Powell Lake. Gianelli Cabin was built by A. G. Gianelli back in the early 1900s. The Kennedy Meadows trailhead is located on the west side of the Sonora Pass and provides access to the Emigrant Wilderness Area from the north. All pages; Before page 39; After page 39; Search this forum only Then turn right and soon afterward left onto the Bell Meadow/Crabtree/Gianelli Cabin road. trips listed here also make good day hikes. I saw one report from someone who took a less than ideal route and spend much longer trying to find the lake than needed and another report from a family who said you could simply walk across the dam at Lake Aloha. To reach the trailhead at Gianelli Cabin From Pinecrest drive 2.8 miles up the Dodge Ridge Road. We first found the Gianelli Edges mentioned in the Climbers Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway. at the east end of the lake. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors. and look for the Trail of the Survivors soon on your left. It's another 1.5 miles farther on the road to reach located 6 miles east of Long Barn, just before reaching Cold Springs. The shores of Relief Reservoir about 2.8 miles up the Clark Fork Road off 108. 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