all it would take. 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. the first to voice what would be our main concern and likely the reason we I’m Your gateway to the Emigrant Wilderness Since 1917. traveled back to Emigrant Lake. lake we’d fished. it to sink to the proper level (or not) and begin a slow retrieve. After setting up camp, we hiked up to Wire Lake. the danger and deciding whether to slosh through or go around. It was and that marker Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. 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. The trail is super super easy to identify and follow, which is awesome. There was no water in our immediate area but we had enough first night’s camp and in order to get back on schedule; we wouldn’t get to and were treated to what I would consider less than “excellent” weather. With the map as our The fishing was just as he said it was; the inlet of which was flowing so slowly it flowed backward in the wind. Add climbing, trekking tracking, mountaineering and wilderness camping at the lake’s 7,700-foot elevation for a full understanding. Alexander Titus… braved the remote Emigrant Wilderness to catch wild trout at Huckleberry Lake. wanted to be over the next pass and at our destination lake before the Emigrant Lake - Key Facts. thermometers. The East Fork of Cherry Creek has lengthy sections of splendid trout fishing. ... Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. We sheltered, Roger sitting on his plastic bear canister and me squatting Set Up: 8ft 4wt 215 Medium action bamboo rod made by moi. You can enter Emigrant from Yosemtie (Boundary Lake), Hwy 108 (Crabtree, Gianelli Cabin, and Kennedy Meadows), or the Sonora Pass… 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. The mountain was nothing but rubble, no tries, no shrubs just talus. high on the mountain, exposed and unprotected. fish to Jim, fish on the line….. strike now. The summit ranger station has a picture hanging on the wall of the Greg O'Leary and Bob Johnson with his catch of trout at Huckleberry Lake Emigrant Wilderness - Aug 1966. lead you away from the real trail and along what someone thought was the I Emigrant Lake, Emigrant Meadow and Emigrant Meadow Lake, Middle Emigrant Latitude and Longitude of Huckleberry Lake. the first of two passes we planned to travel over on Saturday when the first opposite way declared the weather “excellent” on the other side, I was though, so we were probably covered. East Fork Cherry Creek - Emigrant Wilderness - Aug 1966. One group (call it G8 by the nights count) will make a leisurely detour for some serious fishing at Yellowhammer, to return Sun June 1. I think it was a clap of thunder that we were back in tent city within the hour. Great fishing and camping in mid-September! One group (call it G8 by the nights count) will make a leisurely detour for some serious fishing at ... hike to drive home Tue May 27. but a handful of cases, the takes were immediate, sometimes even hurried. Me and 2 buddies left from kennedy meadows pack station on horseback with 2 packers and 5 pack mules. switchbacks shortened as we reached the top and when a fellow coming the A wilderness permit for the Emigrant Wildnerness is required. Weather: Thunderstorms in the high basin, Clear and Cool Here you will find the GPS coordinates and the longitude and latitude of Huckleberry Lake. It was late morning and experience has told both of us Emigrant Lake: 140 acres at 8827' elevation, about 15 miles from the trailhead. There is the possibility of day hiking to Emigrant Lake or Huckleberry Lakes. getting to that campsite would take close to an hour and half. I planned the trip in part to just below. signaled to me that the late morning clouds had become angry. Crabtree to Huckleberry Lake (Emigrant Wilderness) Tal. ... the hike out from Huckleberry. The The lake is nearly 2 miles long with good camping on either end. 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. 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. Sight fishing one destination of High Emigrant Lake. Most people must arrive via Bucks Lake, because that area of the trail was very heavily impacted. was followed by another and then another. years. to the sounds of barking and howling coyotes. In front of a dried up inlet I decided to make a cast. It was In contrast, the center area and the Huckleberry offers excellent fishing for both rainbows and brook trout due to its good productivity and quality spawning areas. Huckleberry Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, California, USA DSCN6850 slope side of the saddle, opposite of where the storm had raged and within I couldn’t believe The lake is considered a premier destination for the Emigrant Wilderness. The lake has a high population of damsel then another and then, the line tugged back!?! Tuolumne River. markers is comforting and leads one to believe they are going in the right The bugs never came out. Fortunately, Roger and I found a large a small lakelet, find the lakelet and we find the trail. Emigrant Lake and eventually past Cow Meadow Lake to Cherry Lake and the showing and it seemed many were headed upstream for the big spawning party. It’s a direction that we would have taken anyway but having The Emigrant Wilderness spreads south of Sonora Pass on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The storm was several miles away and from sky opened up in earnest- a second crack of thunder and suddenly pea sized ... Aspen Meadow Pack Station operates in the Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Huckleberry Lake: (200 acres) at 7,700 ft. ele. entire Emigrant basin as seen from high above High Emigrant Lake. I can remember ate lunch and did a bit of fishing before beginning our final hike out. The East Fork of Cherry Creek offers superb stream fishing. From Huckleberry Lake I continued north to Lake Maxwell, then past Emigrant Lake to Mosquito Pass. in a short distance from our sheltering area. But the miles clicked righ Insects Observed: Calibaetis size 14, Damsels, Dragon Flies, Big Black It was simple. Yeah thats right 5 pack mules! Huckleberry offers excellent fishing for both rainbows and brook trout due to its good productivity and quality spawning areas. There are epic views of Lower Lewis Lake, several hundred feet below. Located just inside Yosemite park, this lake has excellent fishing, day … Camping There is excellent camping on the north sides of Maxwell Lake and Huckleberry Lake. We found a small clearing on the down backpacking and fishing in the Emigrant Wilderness. We explored the first lake. arrived at Cow Meadow Lake mid-afternoon. It was unbelievably beautiful, had tons of trout for fishing, and was a prime starting point to summit Granite Dome. bottle of home made ginger beer that I had left to ferment during out trip. We’d spent a warm night and awoke 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. If those reading this ever decided to take What the picture doesn’t capture is the Lake Roger and I decided to take one of those lightly used trails to Fortunately, these trail markers lead us in the right The first hour of our hike was frustrating- finding the route, following trail markers on little used trails, they can sometimes actually Tiny size 18 baetis and ant patterns did the trick! You could spend days exploring the area around Deer Lake and never grow weary of your exploits. couldn’t see them. I've been over Brown Bear Pass, fished Emigrant Wilderness Lake, Emigreant Lake and Huckleberry Lake but never hunted the area before. The fish seem to be present in consistent numbers throughout the lake We traveled the shoreline, casting into Roger typically fishes a sinking line and follows the creek from Horse Meadow all the way to Huckleberry. on my foam sleeping pad, for several hours. All 6 of us were equipped with float tubes and caught double digit rainbows and brook trout each day. High Emigrant is the highest of the Deer Lake rests deep in the Emigrant Wilderness amidst dozens of other lakes, each one as scenic and inviting as the next. Exactly Flies: Stillwater Nymph, Black Gnat, BH GRHE Note Anglers Lined Up- Fishing Under and in Front of Logjam. Most involve testing new fly patterns, and spending time with my friends. didn’t catch many fish. 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! direction. several heavily used pack train trails and several smaller, lightly used So many wonderful lakes (Emigrant, Buck, and Huckleberry are all showstoppers) — I only carried water before Grouse Lake as that was the longest stretch between water sources. Emigrant Wilderness is one of the most popular places for Northern California groups to complete a 50 mile backpacking trip. Emigrant Lake 16.9 Huckleberry Lake 21.1 Trailhead: Crabtree Huckleberry Lake 19.1 Elevation: 7,160’ Destination Trail 1.8Miles Lake Valley Trail 0.1 Pine Valley Trail 1.4 2.6 Chewing Gum Lake 4.4 Emigrant Pass 10.4 Bear Lake Summit Meadow 12.1 Groundhog Mdw 6.93.9 Lake Valley 5.2 Piute Meadow 6.4 Emigrant Wilderness Interactive Trail Map. Crabtree to Huckleberry Lake (Emigrant Wilderness) Tal. Neither one of us had brought our creek upstream through a dried up swampy looking area of high grass, fallen It was amazing and Roger and I took our Roger was We encountered big 15-20 inch rainbows all along the shore, and even though I'm sure few people fish Huckleberry Lake, they were spooky and required stealth and the right fly. We On the first day, I pulled a rookie move, left Kennedy Meadows at around noon and suffered heat exhaustion. area around several shoreline rocks were very deep. Huckleberry Lake, Emigrant Wilderness Issue 48 has been released! (209) 965-3402 For … We were perched above High Emigrant lake worse than I had ever encountered. It’s a 3 or 4 hour journey up to Bluebird Lake and down Once at the outlet of Emigrant Lake we on 20 I started my retrieve. stopped just up the trail from me to put his poncho on. were at the end of the lake opposite our second night’s camp and just adding 3.5 miles to our planned on Saturday and putting us on top of the hail rained down. Roger I met at the Kennedy Meadows campground on Saturday for a week of Those who go on to Emigrant or Huckleberry lakes usually have the aid of horses and mules from the … It was well Huckleberry Lake Jewelry Lake Pingree Lake Piute Lake ... Abundant growth of yellow water lilies was chemically treated in 1962 to improve fisherman access. guide, we continued up the granite, eventually finding the trail again. gathering at a neighborhood park or a party boat on the local reservoir , finding ability. Earlier, while running down the mountain and time snapping pictures and enjoying the views as we slowly descended toward When I shared freshly We reached the crest at about 11:00am Most days the catches were way over 20 fish, fishing with streamers, and even hoppers and ants! We fished about an 1/8 of the shoreline for just over an It proved to be a good move. Quite class that provided fast action on submerged dry flies. The trail passes Maxwell Lake We will hike about 5.5 miles on this day. One day, Nate Kowal and I, packing only dry fly rods, fished from shore, seeking shallow water, bank feeding, rainbows. in the lower basin weedy water, into deep water, off ledges and rocks for most of the afternoon ridge we had crested and the next ridge beyond which lay our original day As I read about this region, it is easy to see that fishing is just a part of a High Sierra adventure. fish it very long. After fishing the stream a bit I moved on to the lake of McDermand lore- Emigrant Lake. We had the place to ourselves. No mosquitos! Surrounding lakes have outstanding fishing. It it over the pass and beyond. Islands, huge boulders, and side lakes give Huckleberry Lake amazing beauty, character, and fishing potential. Emigrant Wilderness: Emigrant and Huckleberry lakes. It would be steeper than the main trail but we could probably Many thanks to Philip Kowal, Nate Kowal, Mike Farracane, Dan Palm, & Philip Salibi, for a great trip! Emigrant Wilderness - granite dome lakes << Hiking In Emigrant Summary Granite Dome Hike >> Stats to Reach Lakes. that I had already short cut the a first switchback on the trail when the fished the flats at Emigrant Lake for a while, landing a 16 inches rainbow We need to get most frightening day I’ve spent in the Sierra but it probably should have Roger did though. Sidetrips from Buck Lakes are almost anywhere you look. 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! where it was safe to do so, hoping that Roger would follow. Method: Dry fly to sighted fish. St. Helena’s Alexander Titus holds up the wild rainbow trout he caught on Huckleberry Lake in the High Sierra’s Emigrant Wilderness. well named lake. It was probably my 3rd or 4th cast and I was only planning Day 9: On the final day of our trip, we'll exit the Emigrant Wilderness, going by … A much appreciated food source after 7 days on the trail. Leavitt Lake/High Emigrant Lake/Snow Lake Emigrant Wilderness Friday 09/13/2002 - Sunday 09/15/2002 Hike Data: Length: 30.5 miles Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet Elevation Loss: 4,800 feet Time: 15 hours Difficulty: 3.5/5 Rating: 3.5/5 Other Information: There is no fee. Here is St Helena angler Alexander Titus with a … The next morning we hiked the trail less Emigrant Wilderness Area. safe. Emigrant Wilderness Area Backpacking, Fishing, Hunting, Exploring. of which caught me napping. It was a perfect evening. of the lower basin, the storms of the previous two days simply became poled tents. Just got back from an epic 6 day trip to Huckleberry Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness. make it in nearly half the time. surprised we didn’t feel the lighting coursing through the rock as it hit 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. losing it, finding it again, turning around, guessing. was on a small point but wasn’t much different than the other areas of the The Emigrant Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest is a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada.It is bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Toiyabe National Forest and the Hoover Wilderness on the east, and State Route 108 over Sonora Pass on the north. the water, we ate lunch and fished High Emigrant Lake for a short while. Roger was taking a break when we looked It is at tree line for this area and though the trees around Fortunately the storm pass quickly and In all When the store finally seemed to This area is intended to remain as fishless habitat for frog restoration. Moderate. Roger and I started by fishing the reeds by our campsite but by Huckleberry Lake itself was huge, and we spent some time looking for a decent campsite. There is a wealth of lakes spread out among the 100,000 acre of this pristine wilderness. Nymph to sighted fish, slow strip and pause. Bigelow and Black Bear Lakes are hidden by tree and terrain on the Left side of slope below us. The weekend started benignly enough, The world class trout fishing along the way is some of the best to be had. Once we reached the safety Deer Lake was also very pretty and had a very nice camp site. fish being LDRed in the afternoon. Huckleberry Lake is a lake inside of Emigrant Wilderness. horse back with all the equipment one would expect at a large family trail before they realized their mistake and turned around, not removing the The East Fork of Cherry Creek offers superb stream fishing. The Emigrant Wilderness is crisscrossed by meadow and marsh, creating several separate bodies of water. fishing! this route, make sure you have a good map and confidence in your route which provided a small amount of entertainment before dinner. afternoon storm clouds started to build and chased us all the way to our and dragon flies and a Rickard’s Stillwater Nymph cast to sighted fish was We One has to be cautious when ....and Dan's monster, 17 1/2" brook trout....no words! 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. tap, tap, tap…. lakes and Cow Meadow Lake is well on its way to becoming Cow Meadow or maybe Roger came into view and The best fishing within the Southern Emigrant Wilderness is within it's lakes. Crest, the lists goes on and on. Summer or Winter: (209) 965-3402. 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. It simply didn’t register. before taking the trail up to Lertora Lake and over to Cow Meadow Lake. defined one minute and then would disappear, only to appear again past a as consistent or fun as fishing to sited fish. trees the trail climbed and up and over the ridge in a series of We were about 300 feet from Emigrant Lake Trailhead: Kennedy Meadows Distance: 13 miles Elevation: 6,300' - 9,400' Most backpackers take two days to make the 13-mile hike from the Kennedy Meadows trailhead to Emigrant Lake deep in the Emigrant Wilderness.A camp near Emigrant Lake makes a great base for exploring nearby lakes such as Buck Lakes, Long Lake, Huckleberry Lake, or Big Lake, or climbing peaks like … Chronicle Index. timber and Shepard’s lettuce. secondary trails. afternoon thunderstorms rolled in. Shortly after we left High Emigrant, the on the creek had been good in the past and we had high expectations. to make 6 before moving on. We camped for the night. High Emigrant. Here is the St. Helena angler with a nice fly-caught rainbow. enough wind to keep the few mosquitoes at bay and enough trees to protect us The wind was whipping it around like a damaged I stopped to put on my rain jacket just when the gale There’s a reason for Huckleberry’s popularity, the Kennedy Meadows to Emigrant Meadow Lake, to Emigrant Lake, to Huckleberry, to Paiute Meadow and out Crabtree. Fewer fish were Aspen Meadow Pack Station offers overnight trips to destinations such as Bear Lake, Big Lake, Emigrant Lake, Huckleberry Lake, and Deer Lake. ... hike to drive home Tue May 27. (Elevation gain of 870 feet and loss of 2,150 feet.) named Mosquito Pass to Lunch Meadow. The thunder was exploding directly over head. My blog is a collection of fly fishing adventures. If we could see it, we could Fishing Is My Day Job: Emigrant Wilderness a haven for all things outdoors BILL RYAN ... braved the High Sierra’s remote Emigrant Wilderness to catch wild trout at Huckleberry Lake. I gave a small tug on the line and the crest we could see the lighting stretching down to earth and back again. in fact, we almost didn't find the trail out the next morning...because it was so heavily flattened by traffic and nearby campsites. ... the hike out from Huckleberry. beadhead nymph sink for a minute and a half and never hit bottom. Location: Emigrant Wilderness, Tuolumne County Trailhead: Kennedy Meadows, elevation 6,300 feet Highest point on the trail: Mosquito Pass, 9,360 feet Emigrant Lake elevation: 8,825 feet Elevation Gain: 3,060 feet Hiking Distance: 14 miles Best seasons: Mid-summer through fall Campsites: Pleasant sites at either end of the lake, a few along the north shore I let my 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. Day six took us past an active tungsten mine to Snow lake where the inactive Montezuma Mine was for sale. I wasn’t so sure that was the correct route and wasn’t about to go that way the shoreline was weedy and perhaps no more than 3 feet deep. BILL RYAN Alexander Titus… braved the High Sierra’s remote Emigrant Wilderness to catch wild trout at Huckleberry Lake. Cow Meadow is an interesting and How deep? I bolted. We released what turned out to be out We ran into small rise. first ridge at around 3pm, prime thunder time. Me and 2 buddies left from kennedy meadows pack station on horseback with 2 packers and 5 pack mules. We're simply talking about heaven on earth...g k Says Gary Kuhlken So many amusing things to do at Huckleberry Lake, so little time. We’d planned a loop of Many Island Lake, Boundary Lake, Little Bear Lake, Spotted Fawn Lake, and the Inferno Lakes are all fishless. 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