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
Trailhead: Kennedy MdwsElevation: 6,320’
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
Emigrant Wilderness Adventures and Latest News
CALTRANS TO OPEN SR-108 AT KENNEDY MEADOWS
Crews Clear 20 Miles of Snowpack to Reach Recreation Area TUOLUMNE COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District...
Caltrans District 10 Reopens State Route 89/Monitor Pass
Sonora Pass Closed For the Winter Alpine County Ca. - November 15, 2022 - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)...
Caltrans District 10 Closing Three Sierra Highways Ahead of
STOCKTON – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 10 is closing three of its mountain highways this week ahead...
Memorial Day Weekend Recreation Updates from Inyo National Forest
Mammoth Ca, May 27, 2022 - As you head into your three day weekend for Memorial Day, Inyo national Forest...
State Route 4/Ebbetts Pass, SR-108/Sonora Pass Will Open Thursday
Caltrans Will Open Ebbetts Pass and Sonora Pass on Thursday, May 12, 2022 ALPINE AND TUOLUMNE COUNTIES — Oh, that...
Backpacking Hyatt Lake in Emigrant Wilderness
Backpacking Hyatt Lake in Emigrant Wilderness Like much of the Sierra Nevada, the Emigrant Wilderness is a land of endless...
SIERRA MOUNTAIN PASSES OPEN AFTER STORM CLOSURE
STATE ROUTE 108/SONORA PASS & SR-4/EBBETTS PASS JOIN SR-89/MONITOR PASS STOCKTON – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened StateRoute...
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THREE SIERRA PASSES
STATE ROUTE 4/EBBETTS PASS, SR-89/MONITOR PASS AND SR-108/SONORA PASS TO CLOSE IN ADVANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER STOCKTON – The California...
Ebbett’s & Sonora Pass Closed For Approaching Storm
TRAFFIC ADVISORY - MOUNTAIN PASS CLOSURES -STATE ROUTE 4/EBBETTS PASS AND ROUTE 108/SONORA PASS STOCKTON – The California Department of...
SCENIC HIGHWAY CLOSURES IN SIERRA NEVADA
MONITOR PASS/STATE ROUTE 89, EBBETTS PASS/STATE ROUTE 4 & SONORAPASS/STATE ROUTE 108 CLOSING TEMPORARILY AT 10 AM FRIDAY MORNING CalTrans...