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Trip Date:  07/22/2012

: 9.8 Miles

Vertical Gain: 700'

Group Size: 1
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Emigrant Lake Hike
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Emigrant Lake Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 42.188, W 120 03.929     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the parking area just at the west end of Caples Lake (past Kirkwood,) near the Caples Lake dam.  There is a large paved parking area here as well as restrooms.
Hazards of Note:   Rocky trail on sections of this trek.

Crowd Factor:   Moderate.   Emigrant Lake is a popular Alpine Lake destination in the summer, and is also a snowshoe and skiing area during the winter.
General Notes:
From the parking area you will start along the trail and follow the edge of Caples Lake for almost two miles.  About 3/4 of the way along this section is a marker for the Emigrant Trail, which heads off to the right and up the mountain.  Continue straight at this point toward Emigrant Lake.  Once you reach the end of the lake the trail will being to climb significantly, heading up a forested path over granite until you reach the lake.  The setting for the lake is spectacular, with mountains surrounding you on three sides with steep dropoffs down to the lake.   Melissa Coray peak is directly to the south with the man-made structure at the top, with Covered Wagon Peak on the right and Peak 9795 on the left.

My daughters at the start of the trek. My hiking partners at the start
the kids headed on up the trail. Kids on the trail
The girls at Caples Lake with Round Top in the back.
Girls at Caples Lake
Taking a break on the way to the lake. Taking a break along the way
The girls at Emigrant Lake. Girls at Emigrant Lake
Across Emigrant Lake toward Peak 9795. Looking SE across Emigrant Lake
A closer look up toward Peak 9795. Across the Lake
Enjoying some lunch at Emigrant Lake. Having lunch at Emigrant
Blue Lakes and Raymond Peaks view from Round Top. Taking a break halfway back to the trailhead
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike