Tie on a few bikes, or dust off those Razor Scooters sitting in your garage, and make trips to and from the lake a little more time friendly (and enjoyable). Gem lake was beautiful and great to swim in. Gem is pretty small. Carson-Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Golden Canyon, Elder Creek, Disaster Creek, Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake, Leopold Lake, Deer Lake and Gem Lake. 2. This place is close to all the fun, family oriented, RV friendly, and s’more ready. So plan to use water out of lakes. Gorgeous, but be warned the map does deviate from the actual trail in a couple places. . Take it easy and try to forget about Monday… you’re in the Sierras! Stay Connected. Between taking a swim or fishing in the lake, an Read more... Six miles from the junction of Clark Fork Road and Highway 108 is Sand Flat Campground. Our dogs did great! There is a small stream on the grounds, and the main roads and parking pads are dirt-surfaced. Easy to follow, beautiful views from high up, and an abundance of lakes, also a perfect weekend hike for a beginner backpacker (my hiking buddy did it and made it out ashy and achy but alive!) This trail goes by Camp Lake, Lily Lake, Piute Lake Campground, Piute Lake, Gem Lake, No Camping, Jewelry Lake, Grouse Lake, Crabtree Camp, and Crabtree Trailhead. Mile 4 and 5 were probably the worst with it leveling out and then climbing more before dipping down to piute around mi 8. There is a stream crossing to reach the lakes and in the spring it may be difficult to negotiate. plenty of water along the way, that last mile is tough! Calaveras District 5519 Highway 4 PO Box 500 Hathaway Pines, CA 95233. More lakes front loaded at beginning of the trip. I was here at Gem Lake. A few small towns (Sonora, Twain Harte, Cold Springs, Pinecrest, Strawberry) are located nearby to grab both gas and groceries. For some reason the AllTrails map doesn't show the trail continuing to Buck Lake though the USDA map has it. (Seriously, look at it.) Stay Connected. The trail is relatively flat until you get to the start of the peak and then the elevation gain picks up dramatically. Very nice. Mosquitoes were no problem. I think if you wanted to see sunset and didn't want to do the entire loop, gem lake is ideal, but really crowded. I work long sleeves mainly for sun protection but wore bug spray and have no bites. Camping with Kids! You can chill on the shoreline with some beautiful cabins to your back, as long as you are respectful of the private property. The creek itself seems like no big whoop, until you consider that it flows out of a glacially-carved valley, and drops more than 1,000 feet over Niagara Creek Falls. Calaveras District 5519 Highway 4 PO Box 500 Hathaway Pines, CA 95233 . Try the hike down to the Tuolumne River for some rafting on one of the most cha Read more... We have a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination at Hipcamp and are committed to helping our Host and Hipcamper community be inclusive. Dustin Long 497 views. A good amount of mosquitoes, but nothing a little bug spray-down every few hours couldn’t fend off. Open to both tent and RV campers, there are no hook-ups or refuse stations, but it’s got everything you need to make a traditional or fancypants meal, including drinking water to wash it all down. Roads are steep, narrow, and windy so this camp is best suited to smaller-sized vehicles and RVs. 3. What can be better than a secluded forest campground with a creek that’ll give you all the serenity you lack in everyday life? Overall a BEAUTIFUL trail. Total distance ~ 22 miles Mosquito Lakes is a pretty awesome place to fish. You even have your pick of Union and Utica reservoirs to choose between. Quite a scenic hike with varied landscapes like lakes, meadows, forest, granite. Ranger Districts. Camped at Gem lake and it was freezing! Within the first few miles you’re greeted with panoramic views. Find yourself surrounded by a crowd of like-minded, nature-lovin’ peeps, but keep in mind there is crowds. Updated Dec. 8, 2020. For a first backpacking trip this was great and the top of Granite Done had amazing panoramic views of the Sierras. pack trail was a little blown down, but trail was not hard to find. 16:36. We had a great time backpacking out to Gem Lake. There is a small s Read more... Get wild at Boulder Flat Campground. One asked if we had permit, but all asked where we planned to camp. The campground provides a trail down to the river, and great river access to float your tube or simply beach it up! I highly recommend taking the Northern route first and camping at Piute Lake along the Southern side. Supervisor's Office 19777 Greenley Road Sonora, CA 95370. It features a beautiful fishing spot where anglers can cast from a small bridge over the river. It's a four for me because the trail is not your normal trail and the horses do make it soft and sand at parts. We extended it out past Deer Lake and cut south at Buck Lake to catch the southern trail, making our trip about 25ish miles. Situated at 8,600 feet, the Highland Lakes Campground can sometimes be under snow until mid-June. The access road in places is steep and narrow. Recommend taking the time to hike up to Jewelry lake. In the mood for something wild and scenic? Ranger was walking around Gem lake, making sure people weren't camping too close to the lake. We hiked counterclockwise, camped at Groundhog Meadow first night, and Piute Lake second night. 5. { it may change later] Explore the most popular trails in my list Stanislaus Natl Forest--CA with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. Lake was ok but I wish I had been able to stay at Gem which was gorgeous. You will need to navigate yourself around if this is the first time that you are here. Camp right in the forest and take it easy for a day (or two!). This is a moderate loop trail to Gem Lake in Stanislaus National Forest. Easy, mostly paved road right up to trailhead. Summit Miwok District #1 Pinecrest Lake Road Pinecrest, CA 95364. Few other hikers. That’s the kind of camping you’ll get at Fraser Flat Campground, located on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. In the busy summer months this park gets impacted as well, so early arrival times are recommended. It’s got on-site comfort basics like water and toilets, but leaves room for spontaneity's spark with a first-come, first-served policy. Thurderstorms picked up around 3 p.m. so getting an early start on the hike up the dome is necessary. The Granite Dome hike is definitely one of my favorites. With lake views that would trump your apartment view any day, Spicer Reservoir keeps it glassy. These grounds are enormous, so open and free you may very well run around in your skivvies and not be bothered. Kiss the city goodbye. Noted for a stand of beautiful aspen trees, Mill Creek Campground is located in a mixed conifer forest. The best part of waking up is the sweet smell of conifers in the morning. You can also snag some brook trout and a gaggle of other fish. The view at Buck lake was incredible. I knew this was going to be the case but it is a steep grade. Headed to Lake Alpine and in need of place to camp? Piute Lake State Park, Park, ist in Utah und hat eine Höhe von 5974 Fuß. Two is always better than one! Spend the day exploring the wooded wilds, rafting whitewater, or diving into mountain-fresh swimming holes. Of course, you could easily drive to nearby Cold Springs and grab gas station joe, but why waste part of the day with that when there’s outdoor R&R and fishing in the Stanislaus River to be had Read more... Oh California, you never disappoint with your plethora of riverside campgrounds, and Fence Creek Campground is no exception. Camped at Piute and Grouse lake. This site is typically ope Read more... You’ll be smarter than the average bear (or person) if you choose to kick it in the mixed conifer forest at Cherry Valley Campground. we did a counter-clockwise version of this loop, and added an extra ~4 miles to see Wood Lake, Deer Lake, and Jewelry Lake. Saw like 3 other people. Okay, we just made that up, but there are serious accommodations here by outdoorsman standards, including a small store, marina, sandy beach, amphitheater, and bike rentals. RV Parks. (Seriously, look at it.) only saw a few people. One of my favorite places in the world. The Quick and Dirty: Location – Stanislaus National Forest Distance – Varies, 10 miles to Gem Lake Terrain Type – Flat terrain, Switchbacks, Stairs. 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