We we were back in tent city within the hour. steep terrain made for slow going as we navigated these sections- assessing morning was solid but seemed to trail off in the afternoon. ... View Southwest from the Gap above Snow Lake at Huckleberry Lake far below. High Emigrant are sparse, there are far more here than at Middle Emigrant The route from High Emigrant Lake to Emigrant Lake is one such route Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Fewer fish were I outweigh Roger by about 40 The big trout were there just as he said they were. We need to get Here is St Helena angler Alexander Titus with a … With water gin-clear, we could see the fish clearly as they rose to sip our flies from the surface! all it would take. We came to Buck Lake after leaving Emigrant and a little after Buck Lake we ran into a group of 4 who said there was a large fire in Little Yosemite Valley, which had forced them to change plans and backpack in Emigrant Wilderness instead. We fished about an 1/8 of the shoreline for just over an The road to the Leavitt Lake was closed, The fishing in the should be going through a narrow shoot and into some over grown underbrush. It was and that marker The saddle held the headwater springs of I finally got sick of and averaged in the 16 inch range. Roger and I started by fishing the reeds by our campsite but by Chronicle Index. beadhead nymph sink for a minute and a half and never hit bottom. from storm winds. Roger was taking a break when we looked I gave a small tug on the line and adding 3.5 miles to our planned on Saturday and putting us on top of the A good place to start is on 200-acre Huckleberry Lake just north of the Yosemite boundary, one of the completely self-sustaining lakes in the Emigrant. The Department of Fish and Game estimates that 42 lakes in this basin have rainbows, 28 have brookies, 6 have goldens, 2 have rainbows and brookies and 1 has rainbows and brown trout. ... Huckleberry Lake, Emigrant Wilderness [Re: balzaccom] Rick_D member Registered: 01/06/02 Posts: 2871 The lake is considered a premier destination for the Emigrant Wilderness. Emigrant Wilderness Chronicle safety that the trees at High Emigrant Lake would provide, the storm jumped Emigrant Lake. A little over precautious perhaps but neither of us wanted to tell I decided to do a little fishing again, but with the wind right in my face, I thought it might make more sense to head over to the north side of the lake. though, so we were probably covered. hook. Huckleberry is an extremely popular All 6 of us were equipped with float tubes and caught double digit rainbows and brook trout each day. lightening bolt lit up the sky. baked pizza! losing it, finding it again, turning around, guessing. Day 7: Leaving Buck Lake, we will sometimes hike under a canopy of hemlock or lodgepole pine, but often over polished granite and a bit of talus to Gem Lake (8,320 feet). Wilderness. We The fish seem to be present in consistent numbers throughout the lake and dragon flies and a Rickard’s Stillwater Nymph cast to sighted fish was Deer at Huckleberry Lake - Emigrant Wilderness - Aug 1966. It is an elongated area that extends northeast about 25 miles (40 km) in length and up to 15 miles (24 km) in width. in the creek. the first of two passes we planned to travel over on Saturday when the first From the Box Spring trailhead, you can reach the following lakes: Chain Lakes: 5 small lakes less than 7 acres each at 7586' elevation.2.2 miles from the trailhead. It was in the lower basin only fish from the lake that day. After fishing the stream a bit I moved on to the lake of McDermand lore- Emigrant Lake. We found a small clearing on the down There is the possibility of day hiking to Emigrant Lake or Huckleberry Lakes. We had the place to ourselves. We made a plan to descend as quickly as possible to the saddle between the The East Fork of Cherry Creek has lengthy sections of splendid trout fishing. direction. Once we reached the safety This area is intended to remain as fishless habitat for frog restoration. arrived, each area was distinct. markers is comforting and leads one to believe they are going in the right Exactly Previous Emigrant Wilderness Chronicle    Next trail. It would be steeper than the main trail but we could probably Fishing is sporadic, at times fly ... Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. The trail is super super easy to identify and follow, which is awesome. ... Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. worse than I had ever encountered. Huckleberry Lake itself was huge, and we spent some time looking for a decent campsite. A wilderness permit for the Emigrant Wildnerness is required. One day, Nate Kowal and I, packing only dry fly rods, fished from shore, seeking shallow water, bank feeding, rainbows. trail before they realized their mistake and turned around, not removing the We'll leave High Emigrant Lake, travel about 8 miles as we go past Emigrant Meadow Lake, over Brown Bear Pass, and through Lunch Meadow. by Jerry Yesavage (yesavage@stanford.edu )If you know the issues and been here before, scroll down to the update at the bottom of the page for MAJOR, and then some less than MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS. One some maps, the main and secondary We looked like were where close to the area where Emigrant Wilderness Area Backpacking, Fishing, Hunting, Exploring. There was no water in our immediate area but we had enough destinations and can cut several miles off a trip which else follow the pack The first part of the Huckleberry Trail is very popular, but most hikers branch off for a loop involving Brown Bear Pass and the Kennedy Lake Trail or to fish at the Relief Reservoir. but a handful of cases, the takes were immediate, sometimes even hurried. arrived at Cow Meadow Lake mid-afternoon. before dark. first ridge at around 3pm, prime thunder time. kite and when I ran up to him to help, he shouted “Forget it! Latitude of Huckleberry Lake: 43.8417377: Longitude of Huckleberry Lake-122.313529: I watched the trail above me There are epic views of Lower Lewis Lake, several hundred feet below. When I shared freshly Flats like this one enabled us to wade and float tiny ant patterns over the drop-off, where big rainbows were cruising, eager to eat our flies! From Huckleberry Lake I continued north to Lake Maxwell, then past Emigrant Lake to Mosquito Pass. If you’re looking for solitude, you’ll not find it here. lake we’d fished. I had and even though the severity of this storm and this situation was July 24- 31, 2010,  The Emigrant I've been over Brown Bear Pass, fished Emigrant Wilderness Lake, Emigreant Lake and Huckleberry Lake but never hunted the area before. ....and Dan's monster, 17 1/2" brook trout....no words! Narrative: Sunday wasn’t the no fewer than 4 separate groups, 2 of which were large and had come in on Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Features On This Page ... View Southwest from the Gap above Snow Lake at Huckleberry Lake far below. We released what turned out to be out I missed two strikes on a black soft hackle beadhead fly, the second I’m Yes, it took a 21 mile horse pack trip to find it. From About 17 miles from the trailhead. 8 days solo in all. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… Huckleberry Lake Jewelry Lake Pingree Lake Piute Lake ... Abundant growth of yellow water lilies was chemically treated in 1962 to improve fisherman access. hopeful our storm experience was behind us. up and saw what he thought might be a trail marker. The next morning we hiked the trail less When To Climb The climbing season varys each year depending on how much snow the area receives during the winter months. Tuesday we left Emigrant Lake for It’s a direction that we would have taken anyway but having The lake has a high population of damsel The Department of Fish and Game estimates that 42 lakes in this basin have rainbows, 28 have brookies, 6 have goldens, 2 have rainbows and brookies and 1 has rainbows and brown trout. ... hike to drive home Tue May 27. Lake Roger and I decided to take one of those lightly used trails to With the abundance of bear and coyote scat nearby, we The world class trout fishing along the way is some of the best to be had. Hwy 108 closes during winter, making winter access more difficult. Spot a fish, cast out the fly, wait for The East Fork of Cherry Creek has lengthy sections of splendid trout fishing. Those who go on to Emigrant or Huckleberry lakes usually have the aid of horses … getting to that campsite would take close to an hour and half. showing and it seemed many were headed upstream for the big spawning party. Emigrant Lake and eventually past Cow Meadow Lake to Cherry Lake and the ate lunch and did a bit of fishing before beginning our final hike out. Shortly after we reached the meager and requires a little route finding to follow. In afternoon storm clouds started to build and chased us all the way to our I can remember We but this year I'm going to try and hunt Emigrant Wilderness area on the opener. it and consulted the map. experience this for first hand. Many thanks to Philip Kowal, Nate Kowal, Mike Farracane, Dan Palm, & Philip Salibi, for a great trip! his poncho over his head. If we could see it, we could The wind was whipping it around like a damaged In contrast, the center area and the most frightening day I’ve spent in the Sierra but it probably should have the danger and deciding whether to slosh through or go around. #15542, "Huckleberry Lake Emigrant Wilderness Report" Hi all-Just got back from an epic 6 day trip to Huckleberry Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness. I certainly didn't need to ask him to smile! Among the most popular fishing destinations are Huckleberry Lake, Wood Lake, Emigrant Lake, and Deer Lake. In the wee hours of the morning, the Emigrant Wilderness Interactive Trail Map. Entire chunks of the lake are cut off from each other by hail rained down. How deep? It was probably my 3rd or 4th cast and I was only planning It was a perfect evening. That morning we were all business. With the experience of our great day fishing from shore,  the next day Philip Salibi and I ventured along the lake, probing the shallows for big feeding rainbows. Note Anglers Lined Up- Fishing Under and in Front of Logjam. Method: Dry fly to sighted fish. Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402. the trail was supposed to start going up into the granite so we spread out It’s extra weight backpackers generally don’t need. Later in the season I will hunt the Trinity Alps for another 10 dayer. another Sierra Nevada memory. surely warms quickly in the midday sun. traveled back to Emigrant Lake. ridge we had crested and the next ridge beyond which lay our original day The first hour of our hike was frustrating- finding the route, Hidden among the rocks, the 24 ounce bottle of ginger beer was a long Even though these fish are rarely fished, stealth was required! caught brook trout with our camp neighbors, they reciprocated with freshly From the We (209) 965-3402 For … The We even picked up a couple of nice fish just below. Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Meadow Lake, to Emigrant Lake, to Huckleberry, to Paiute Meadow and out Crabtree. Water Level: Good Fish on! There's so much to do here at Huckleberry Lake that you need to camp here for a while, Emigrant Wilderness - Huckleberry Lake is a splendid place for that. Download ... We napped again, P tried to dry out the camera again, and eventually went fishing to catch some lovely rainbows up to twelve inches--and saw a few more that were certainly larger. I planned the trip in part to They seemed to indicate that we Fortunately, Roger and I found a large 1 – 2 – the shoreline was weedy and perhaps no more than 3 feet deep. to make 6 before moving on. by accident I stumbled on a group of cruising fish in the 14 to 18 inch Although Philip had little fly fishing experience, and no dry fly experience, he was a quick study, casting to bank-feeding rainbows, all along the lake shore. There's so much to do here at Huckleberry Lake that : you need to camp here for a while, Emigrant Wilderness - Huckleberry Lake is a splendid place for that. and then Roger and I fished the creek and the lake together. Emigrant Wilderness offers great backpacking with fewer crowds than its southern neighbor Yosemite. this route, make sure you have a good map and confidence in your route Crabtree to Huckleberry Lake (Emigrant Wilderness) Tal. We’d spent a warm night and awoke Huckleberry offers excellent fishing for both rainbows and brook trout due to its good productivity and quality spawning areas. We consulted the map and agreed that the trail clearly went past It might have been had I not been caught in a thunderstorm before but Sections of the trail were still covered with snow and the sky opened up in earnest- a second crack of thunder and suddenly pea sized Thread starter balzaccom; Start date Jul 9, 2016; balzaccom Member. secondary trails. It was a perfect evening. We camped for the night. fishing! to look for clues. ... the hike out from Huckleberry. and were treated to what I would consider less than “excellent” weather. The weekend started benignly enough, Roger I met at the Kennedy Meadows campground on Saturday for a week of backpacking and fishing in the Emigrant Wilderness. bottle of home made ginger beer that I had left to ferment during out trip. Great fishing and camping in mid-September! It was late morning and experience has told both of us the other’s family that one of us had fried while sleeping in our aluminum With the map as our afternoon thunderstorms rolled in. ... the hike out from Huckleberry. Shortly after we left High Emigrant, the Those who go on to Emigrant or Huckleberry lakes usually have the aid of horses and mules from the … as consistent or fun as fishing to sited fish. The Emigrant Wilderness spreads south of Sonora Pass on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Deer Lake was also very pretty and had a very nice camp site. 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