Trip · 3-day backpacking trip
For · Friends and intermediate backpackers
Vibe · Moderate and fun
Distance · 19.8 miles and 3,196 feet of elevation gain
Permits · Yes, self-register for a wilderness permit at a ranger station 1 to 5 days before your trip
Drive · 4 hours from SF
Ideal dates · June to September
Pets · Welcome on trails and campgrounds!
Nestled within the nearly 900,000-acre Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness offers its open-eyed wanderers a direct experience with many of the Sierra’s most impressive and memorable features. Its trails move between families of friendly granite giants, whom give way to awe, perspective and welcomed shade to those beneath them. Its pristine meadows and lakes ask only for your naked attention and immersion, and, in return, refresh, invigorate, and imbue those who give it that unique kind of Sierra serenity and joy.
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Main image credit: Jonny Sandlund