Just returned from Emigrant. I went in at Crabtree and took the "high" route, past Gem, to Upper Buck Lake. Then a day hike over the hill to Emigrant Lake. Returned by the "low" route, Buck Meadow Creek, Pine Valley. The Lakes are surprisingly full but the streams are really dry. I found water in Piute Creek where the bedrock held pools, 100 yds. down stream of the trail. No water in West Fork Cherry Creek. Below Wood Lake there were pools in bedrock but all inaccessible, due to deep gorge. Found water a quarter mile down stream in Louse Canyon in bedrock again. Horse camps in Louse were full of broken glass. There was water in Grouse Lake if you want it bad enough to wade. The "low" route trail is very badly torn up by horse traffic. The 0.9 mile cut-off from Pine Valley up to the "high" trail has face powder fine dust about 8"/10" deep and I fell twice, stepping on buried rocks. On my way up I passed two riders coming down, that were wearing painter's dust masks.
Upper Buck Lake - Emigrant Wilderness - Sept. 24, 2008
Base Camp - Buck Lake - Emigrant Wilderness - Sept. 24, 2008