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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Trip suggestions 2 nights yosemite/Emmigrant/etc on 10/01/2013 01:52:54 MDT Print View

Hey there,
I learned I might have a weekend to myself for a quick 2 night trip.
I'm in San Jose, so something within a 4-5 hour drive would be nice.

Any good 20 to 30 mile loops, or even an out and back around Yosemite, Emmigrant, or other you would suggest?

I usually love high country, but with only 2 nights to spend, and winter creeping up, I'm not sure what I can pull off.
-Chris

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
Emigrant might be easier---permits certainly are on 10/01/2013 12:46:44 MDT Print View

We're just back from a quick trip to Yosemite---and had not trouble getting a permit on Saturday morning for a popular trailhead... but still.

Emigrant has great loops from Crabtree Cabin to Yellowhammer and back...or Wire Lakes via Whitesides meadow, then back through Gem Lake.

Beautiful stuff.

We have a bunch of these trip reports on our website: backpackthesierra.com

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Emmigrant on 10/03/2013 01:52:31 MDT Print View

Considering a trip out of Crabtree trailhead up to chewing gum lake (1st night), then loop around to Gem lake (2nd night), then back to the trailhead.

Anyone done this loop before?
It will be late oct, so I'm guessing there's a chance of snow. Any parts seem like ice axe/crampons are necessary?
Also not sure how the government shutdown will a affect this..
Any advice, trip reports, etc woud be totally appreciated, thanks!
-Chris

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Emmigrant on 10/03/2013 02:10:46 MDT Print View

"Considering a trip out of Crabtree trailhead up to chewing gum lake (1st night), then loop around to Gem lake (2nd night), then back to the trailhead.

Anyone done this loop before? "

I actually did exactly that route in mid-August. report

I can't give any advice on ice equipment or the shutdown. On previous visits in October and November, I encountered knee deep (in isolated spots) slushy snow. The road up to Crabtree was a little unpleasant. Bring snow chains.

Edited to add: This seems to be a good source for weather information:

weather.gov

Edited by squark on 10/03/2013 02:20:49 MDT.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Yosemite Happy Isles to clouds rest on 10/03/2013 03:06:54 MDT Print View

Thanks Sharon! Ill check out that link.
Im also considering a trip from the valley floor to little yosemite valley (night 1)
summit clouds rest day 2 then find another campsite on the way back down...

Assuming yosemite reopens by late oct...am I asking for trouble as far as crowds?
-Chris

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
Emigrant loop on 10/03/2013 11:15:12 MDT Print View

We've done a couple of different version of loops from Crabtree trailhead...you can find TRs on all of them on our website: backpackthesierra.com

It's a lovely area, and should be beautiful right now---if a bit dry.