They weren't too bad during the day while we were moving, but by about 5 pm they started to swarm and we were finally driven back into the tent about 6:30 pm. The water at Gem clogged our filter very quickly; Piute seemed better. We started at Crabtree Trailhead and hiked 9.8 miles to Rosasco Lake. Made camp at Gem Lake with few mosquitoes to be seen...but starting around 8PM was when they came out with a vengeance. To reach the trailhead, ... Station and turn left onto Crabtree Rd. From there, I had another 15 minutes to the Crabtree Trailhead. Turn right on Crabtree Camp road and proceed 1 mile to the trailhead. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park. There were plenty of cars parked along the road in as well. We had planned a 2-night backpack trip with both nights at Piute Lake and taking a day hike from there to Gem and Jewelry Lakes and beyond. Arrived at the trailhead around 10:30AM and the lot was already full, and barely snagged the last open spot along the overflow parking road. Wilderness Permits are required and can be picked up at the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest, California. Piute Creek is down to to pools of standing water that don't look great. We went counter clockwise and there was no flowing water until we were about 6-7 miles out so definitely pack plenty of water. 263 0 obj <>stream And forget bathroom breaks, you would be swarmed immediately (even with bug spray). Thank the late snow melt lol. Notes: The Emigrant Wilderness is over 100,000 acres with over 80 lakes within a granite basin filled with granitic domes, ridges, and small hills. The following day saw swarms of mosquitoes around Gem and Piute lakes (and again at Cherry Creek). So much fun swimming in the lakes and lots of water to fill up! 0 I got destroyed despite wearing long sleeves and long pants. 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. Mosquitos at Gem Lake were so bad we had to spend our evening in our tent. Had so much fun on this trail! Drive along this road for about 30 minutes, following signs that point towards Crabtree Trailhead (7,200 ft). Emigrant Wilderness Stanislaus National Forest Dates: May 26-29 Appx 30 Mile loop Tom Harrison Trail Map Temp: Night 28-35F Day 50-60F Crabtree trail head to Upper Buck loop Check in at ranger station around noon on Saturday as it started to drizzle. This peaceful, alpine lake makes for a perfect one day getaway during the summer months and to escape the heat of the foothills. We chose this area based on the reported quality of fishing along the hike. We camped on the bluffs just East of Gem Lake thinking it would be windy to help clear the bugs. 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