Emigrant Wilderness

By Dcrjsr - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9060655
By Dcrjsr - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9060655

Discover A Place Where Glacial History Left Behind Stunning Pools and Rugged Granite Landscape

With its eastern edge running along the spine of Sierra Nevada range, the Emigrant Wilderness encompasses a vast diversity within its borders. The area was first protected by the U.S. Forest Service as a “protected primitive area” in 1931, named after the historical mountain pass that follows the West Walker route over the Sierra. It was then designated as Wilderness in 1975, covering an area of 113,000 acres and featuring broad sheets of glaciated granite, peaks, and ridges of volcanic rock.

To the north and east one finds terrain dominated by lava-capped summits with fields of granite spanning for miles. In the western parts of the Emigrant, though still a granite and lava landscape, there are more lakes, meadows and patches of pine.

Trail Milage Chart for Emigrant Wilderness Main trails

Popular Destinations:

Bear Lake 

Camp Lake

Chewing Gum Lake

Grouse Lake


Trailhead: Kennedy Mdws

Elevation: 6,320’
Destination / Miles 
Relief Reservoir Jct. 2.8 
Relief Reservoir 3.0 
Grouse Creek 4.8
 Relief Valley Trail 5.0 
Saucer Meadow 6.0 
Lower Relief Valley 7.0 
Kennedy Lake 7.5 
Sheep Camp 8.0 
Sardella Lake 8.7 
Ridge Lake 8.7 
Iceland Lake 8.9 
Upper Lewis Lake 8.9 
Upper Relief Valley 9.5 
Lunch Meadow 9.5 
Brown Bear Pass 10.7 
Whitesides Mdw 11.9 
Grizzly Meadow 13.6 
Emigrant Lake 14.7 
Bond Pass 15.9 
Horse Meadow 16.3 
Huckleberry Lake 19.1 
Burst Rock 20.1 
Gianelli Trailhead 21.3

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