Overnighters need a wilderness permit. It’s a quick trip but there are some climbing points to get your heart rate up. there was a little snow. I was not disappointed. We had Rock stacks to follow at first but since we were hiking across a rock surface and rock surf valley it was very difficult to stay on track ultimately scrambling to bear lake. Drive along this road for about 30 minutes, following signs that point towards Crabtree Trailhead (7,200 ft). Er führt entlang eines Sees, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. This is definitely NOT 8.5 miles, I mapped 10.25 with very few detours, but making it just out to the lake and back is at least 9 miles. Just 4.5 miles from a trail head, Chewing Gum Lake was easing us back into civilization. At Chewing Gum Lake we were not alone; the lake was scattered with people of all ages jumping off its rocks, swimming and sunbathing or just hanging out on air mattresses on the water. Some folks will not do well if not used to high altitude hiking. On the way back from chewing gum lake we found the unmarked trail to Powell lake (another beauty). Chewing Gum Lake from Crabtree TH is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Today was the day for meeting many people, dozens at least, chatting with many of them. The first 3 miles is pure uphill, it took about 2 hrs to get to the top when starting at 1pm in 84f heat. Google maps takes you right by the ski resort, and the road is blocked there, so take Crabtree Rd, then N4D47 for the trailhead. Bring bug spray for the last portion of hike through the wetland meadows about 1 mile before reaching to the lake tons of mosquitos. I think a bit earlier when it's colder may be better for the trail. First to Review. Amazing trail, great views has ample shade. Once we arrived at bear lake and found the trail it was quite easy to get back to the car a mellow hike down. Much better experience. Other than that, non of the climbs are that steep. The top chunk has a lot of mosquitos right now and can't be fully appreciated. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from April until September. We spent the night at Y Meadow Lake, surrounded by granite without … No snow, a little mud and trail was easy to follow. Deer Lake is amazing and has some big rocks and an island in the middle of the lake. We then hiked from granit lake to bear lake. Spectacular views from the two passes around 9000 feet. I do not recommend the Y Meadow to Chewing gum lake portion to anyone that is not in fit state. Ground clearance is key, my car sits too low to safely make it up. The top has amazing views, we went off the trail to find some rocks to eat lunch and look out we think as far as Yosemite. Just 4.5 miles from a trail head, Chewing Gum Lake was easing us back into civilization. Chewing Gum Lake Trailhead. This is a moderate one way trail in Emigrant Wilderness. Bear bag is required. I ran into probably seven or eight hikers the whole time and was able to enjoy the lake by myself completely. Long Way to Long Lake – Emigrant Wilderness: Stanislaus National Forest. Easy on/Easy off. This way! Powell Lake is about 2.5 miles from the trailhead, and an unmarked .25 mile detour, but you can glimpse the lake from the main train. We kept going to the end, and ran into a group that was camping in some trees which had a big dog which barked at us. We started on Tuesday at the Crabtree trailhead. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stanislaus/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5361242&width=full. Another nice high Sierra hike. The trail head itself is bunch of parking squeezed into the forest, so when you start seeing cars randomly parked, you've arrived. The better route is Rte 4N47. Backpacked with some decent elevation. Does anyone know if the roads to this trail are open due to Corona virus? it was more quiet Saturday night because some bigger groups packed up to make camp Saturday night at Y Meadow Lake. Had to park down by the paved road and hike to the trail head. Whatever you do, don't take the route that Google Maps takes you. Two warnings: the road to the trailhead is unpaved and difficult if you don’t have a 4x4 or at least high clearance. Location: 38.2014542, -119.8445206. To reach the trailhead, make your way south from the Ranger Station and turn left onto Crabtree Rd. There's an overflow parking lot there … Coming from SF, we definitely felt the elevation: 8,000-9,000'. Despite the trailhead being super crowded, I did not feel like the trail was crowded, but Chewing Gum Lake was fairly busy Friday night. Scenery was good, but not spectacular. We were not. The first step was a cross-country descent of Tom's Canyon. TL;DR: Gorgeous views through to Yosemite. We used the Sawyer Squeeze filter, but it kind of broke, so we were grateful to have iodine tablets with us too. We decided to go for Chewing Gum Lake, which is a 4.4 mile hike, starting at 7200' and ending at 8800'. You can get by with 1 liter of water per person (a nalgene) and refill at Powell if needed before getting to Chewing Gum. Ben 2 years, 2 months ago Gem Lake. Also had the entire lake to myself to explore. Drive up Crabtree Road past Aspen Meadow Pack Station and the past turnoff to Crabtree Camp, keeping your sights on Gianelli's Cabin as your destination. From the valley containing Chewing Gum Lake we headed up a medium-sized hill will great views of the chimneys across the valley. Wonderful flowers along the way and great hike. This trail goes by Crabtree Trailhead. Great trail - tough to get to the trailhead. No good options to refill water until you get to the lake. Passed 3 group of people on my way there, and also on my way back. The lake is beautiful with plenty of nice camp sites in a variety of settings. Not as hard as I thought. Pepke camp there by the lake. This is a beautiful trail and we had alot of fun. Didn't stick around long as a small thunder shower snuck up. On the way back I hit up Powell Lake as well because it’s just a few hundred feet off the trail to Chewing Gum. Chewing Gum Lake is another nice destination for those looking for a moderate dayhike(3.4miles). Wildflowers, gorgeous alpine trees, and awesome views. Amazing trail, with many vistas and plenty of camping spots at the lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. We cut through to Gem lake to get to Deer Lake. No luck with fish, but great hike and sunrise/sunset. This adds to the adventure and I think why it is not as heavily traveled. 227k members in the WildernessBackpacking community. It is very doable as a day hike - took us about 2 hours each way (including short water breaks in between), carrying a light day pack. August 11, 2020. The Crabtree Trailhead splits off and takes you to Chewing Gum Lake and a few other destinations, but I can't remember them right now. The trail is pretty straightforward. You have lots of options, from in the woods, in the open, by the lake. Due to the nearby forest fires as of 9/7/20 the air quality is not the greatest and there is ash falling from the sky. Our longest day was one of our easiest, as the 7 miles of trail wandered and wound through meadows of wildflowers: blue lupine, red Indian paintbrush and yellow monkey flowers. Did this hike on July 7 with our two dogs, with side trips to Powell Lake for swimming. And in the end of June it was absolutely COVERED in mosquitos. Lots of climbing. Fair mix of sun and shade on the trail. August 24, 2019 . Once again, the group campsite was taken, so we each found our own nook among the rocks of this hilly … Due to elevation and heat it was a challenge. We hiked from the Crabtree trailhead through Grouse Lake and made it all the way to Deer lake. If you want to know where others have camped, look for old fire pits. A subreddit dedicated to backpacking in the wild places on earth - where … Right down near the campsites at Chewing Gum Lake the mosquitoes were fierce even at 11 am, but 100 yards away up on the rocks above the lake there were none. Serenity and beautiful views. Wear deet. The trail is beautiful and well maintained: plenty of shade with some open areas overlooking the valleys. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stanislaus/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5361242&width=full We backpacked to Chewing Gum Lake to make camp, but we stopped at Powell Lake on the way. Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mi Wuk Village, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The parking lot was fairly full on Sunday (30-40 cars) but most folks were hiking out and when we retiurned on Monday there were only 10-15 cars. The payoff was indeed Chewing Gum lake, up at 9000 feet. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking. Hiking to Chewing Gum Lake Dogs are also able to use this trail. The mileage wasn't much at 14 miles in all and about a 1500 foot gain each day but the off trail portion was sure to seem more than a 1500 foot gain. Bring plenty of water and snacks or a lunch to fuel up. If planning a day trip don’t expect a 4.25 hour hike unless you’re trail running. The top third peak has amazing views again and lots of places in rocks to chill. Crabtree Trailhead Parking to Crabtree Trailhead, Tuolumne County, CA, USA. Swimming was great in all 3 lakes. We camped at a smaller lake just south of Chewing Gum on Saturday night and had the area to ourselves. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Fantastic lake and a great day hike. The trail was excellent (footing) and scenic and easy. May 23, 2020. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Rangers need to patrol chewing gum lake better. We were a little faked out by this marshy pond … The views will not disssapont! This is a moderate one way trail to Chewing Gum Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. It intersects with other roads/trails and the path to Gianelli trailhead was not well marked - the GPS even led us to a completely gated road initially. The hike was amazing even with all the smoke out. Trail is not well marked, so can easily get lost. The trail to Camp Lake is pretty easy and mostly level, though it does have a short section with a steeper grade that got us huffing. (805) 639-9222 elliots2007@gmail.com. Beautiful views. Wow, it was so pretty! The views ultimately were very much worth it and it was a fun challenge. At Chewing Gum Lake we were not alone; the lake was scattered with people of all ages jumping off its rocks, swimming and sunbathing or just hanging out on air mattresses on the water. This is a difficult loop trail to No Camping in Stanislaus National Forest. There are endless opportunities for multiday hikes from Gianelli Cabin, try heading toward Long Lake(10miles), Deer Lake(11miles), or Emigrant Lake(15miles) for some solitude, fishing, and excellent swimming/cliff diving. Mel 2 years, 3 months ago Track (9/3/18, 8:23:43AM) Mel 2 years, 4 months ago Crabtree to Gem Lake. Gem Lake via Crabtree Trailhead is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Keep in mind that the elevation from there starts at 8500' and can climb close to the 9000' range. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Beautiful views and the trail was well maintained. The only challenging part of this hike is the altitude. Once again, the group campsite was taken, so we each found our own nook among the rocks … Be prepared for any weather. The frist part of the hike was where most the elevation came from. The trail wasn't too busy for a Sunday, and the there was even less people at the lake by the time we arrived around around 1:30-2pm. Although its rocky benches are ideal for picnics and loafing, early-season campers will want to retreat up the forested slopes for some relief from mosquitoes. Narrow trail winds its way through the Lake Valley meadow towards Chewing Gum Lake. You can reach Chewing Gum Lake from the Crabtree trailhead without going to quite such high elevations but I don't know whether that trail is still snow-covered. You’ll see signs directing you to the parking lot, which is very small. Hiking. Hiking Bugs. Also had Powell Lake to myself. These can also be reached from the Crabtree Trailhead. Surprisingly not busy, compared to other reviewer’s experiences! Bring lots of water. Watch out for the potholes the last few miles but definitely drive able without 4wd. Not as dramatic as some of the lakes in Tahoe National or Plumas National but it’s tranquil and picturesque. The downhill became a lot less exciting once you got the fireroad. Die Route ist am besten von April bis September zugänglich. It was a fairly cool and breezy day, and in most places there were no or almost no mosquitoes. When we were there on a Sunday evening, there were about 4 other groups. Still feeling good, we cruised on and took the left-hand turn into the Chewing Gum Lakes area, and rolled on into a BEAUTIFUL set of meadows with little small ponds and streams flowing through them. This is where the hike became challenging. I thought google directed me via 4N47 (the preferred one) but the last couple miles before reaching the trailhead was still poor road quality. This trail goes by Crabtree Camp, Camp Lake, Lily Lake, Piute Lake Campground, Piute Lake, Gem Lake, Jewelry Lake, No Camping, and Chewing Gum Lake. Day 3 – Piute Lake to Crabtree Trailhead – 8 miles Lakes Encountered: Chewing Gum Lake, Y Meadow Lake, Deer Lake, Jewelry Lake, Gem Lake, Piute Lake & Camp Lake While hiking long distances and finding beautiful views is rewarding in itself, it’s important to take time to just lay back and give yourself the gift of enjoying your destination. Spectacular trail. Home; Blog & Projects; Contact Us; Manufacturers; Showcase; Select Page There was plenty of space around the lake to isolate from other groups. The Gianelli Trailhead parking lot is huge, but pretty crowded, even on a Friday at 2pm. Our trail to Camp and Bear Lakes was 6 miles round trip. The destination is worth the work, but it’s definitely A LOT of work to get there. I noticed that most reviews here and in other places spoke about backpacking this route, and so I was a little concerned that this would not be a viable day hike. Driving to the trailhead - don't go fast on the non-paved forest road. Right before entering Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, there will be a turn to the right with signs pointing you towards the trailhead. Would definitely recommend this for any family looking for a challenging yet doable hike/camp trip. Also, there were 2 forks in the trail that are unmarked — if not for the offline AllTrails map, I would have gotten lost. The climbs from the trailhead and out of Chewing Gum are longish but not very steep, and overall it's a pretty easy hike. Would definitely come back. The lake is very beautiful, make sure you don't miss the sign post for the Chewing gum lake, some of my friends missed it and had to come back. 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