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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Emigrant Wilderness-Deer Lake on 08/23/2011 16:06:19 MDT Print View

I did a quick trip out to Upper Relief Valley and then to Deer Lake. The weather was perfect but the MOSQUITOS were horrible. They were swarming over 8,000ft in the two valleys and I mean swarming. A bug net and DEET was a must for sanity. I did survive and here are some pictures:
Relief Creek
Golf Coarse Grass
Sierra Flowers
Lush wet valleys
Deer Lake----34 miles in 27 hours!
Relief Pk. 10,808ft
Black Hawk PK 10,348ft
East Flange Rock
Views from Lower Relief Valley. Emigrant Wilderness and Kennedy Meadows are a great home court!!!!

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
Emigrant Wilderness on 08/23/2011 18:34:31 MDT Print View

Thanks for posting your pictures! I was in Emigrant last week and after four days I started to wish I lived up north just to be closer. You are lucky to have such an amazing playground in your backyard. ~ Andy.


Scott Truong

Locale: Vancouver, BC
RE: Emigrant Wilderness-Deer Lake on 08/23/2011 19:12:04 MDT Print View

Nice pictures Jay. Are the mosquitoes bad this year because of the late snowmelt? Is it possible to get to some of the trailheads by public transit, say from SFO?

Thanks for posting.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Emigrant Wilderness-Deer Lake on 08/23/2011 19:50:02 MDT Print View

Scott, I believe there is public transit to Yosemite which is off HWY 120. I am not sure about Emigrant Wilderness which is off HWY 108-I started at the Kennedy Meadows TH. Google Yosemite transit!!!

Relief Reservoir

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Nice pics on 08/24/2011 20:44:08 MDT Print View

Thanks for the photos, haven't been there in 8 years maybe. Things changed a bunch from my first trip to my next one. Deer Lake especially. Plus lots of bugs at Middle Emigrant Lake. Wow!