General Notes: From the parking area you will start along the trail and follow the edge of Caples Lake for almost two miles. A convenient restroom and a large sign marking the trail head set you on your way four-miles back to Emigrant Lake. Emigrant Lake is a popular Alpine Lake destination in the summer, and is also a snowshoe and skiing area during the winter. The trail begins at the western-most point of Caples Lake, and takes you to Emigrant Lake. Activities. Trail Map. Heavily trafficked for the first couple of miles, but once you get past Caples Lake it is a little better. General Notes: From the parking area you will start along the trail and follow the edge of Caples Lake for almost two miles. This is an awesome out-and-back hike for the weekend warrior. T he Carson Emigrant National Recreation Trail is not too often hiked but is a walk with history. Great trail. A trail starting at the lake's western tip follows the shore for 2.5 miles before turning south and climbing 800 feet to Emigrant Lake, an azure cirque at a breathtaking 8,600 feet of altitude. Excited to share the news that @forrestgriffin wil. Shortly before chair 3 there’s a cairn of stones in the left with a faint trail. The trailhead has a restroom. The last mile up to the lake schleps up the hill, and has some uneven terrain that may not be suitable for … What: Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Expected Duration: This will be an all day, exploratory hike. adventures and follow local regulations. The trail head has limited parking but I went on a three-day weekend that may have added some congestion. There is a nice waterfall near emigrant lake. The shimmering clear water hidden in that bowl of a mountain is so peaceful. I know I should start posting more training pics( Rainy day beauty. The Carson Emigrant National Recreation Trail offers scenic views of Caples Lake and the surrounding mountains. Hiking With a number of trails in the area, you’ll find hiking is great fun. For a detailed guide to hiking the emigrant trail, pick up a copy of Frank Tortorich, Jr.'s Hiking the Gold Rush Trail, a Hiking Guide over West Pass, Caples Lake to Tragedy Spring, 2004. Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Trail ist ein 9.6 Meilen langer, stark besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Kirkwood, Kalifornien. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Total elevation gain is moderate at about 920 ft, starting from about 7,700 ft, within the Mokelumne Wilderness. Flowers are abundant all along the trail, particularly in streambeds. Trail mostly shaded and well maintained. Great trail, I mapped closer to 9.6 miles round trip with walking a bit around Emigrant Lake, so its a little further than listed. The Sisters offer a great day hike with fun scrambling and beautiful views of the Northern Sierra, Lake Tahoe, the Mokelumnee Wilderness, and the Carson River Canyon.The trail to The Sisters begins at Woods Lake (38.6855° N, 120.0095° W), at the e... Take the road to Kit Carson Lodge. So, we took a National Forest volunteer’s recommendation for Emigrant Lake. This is a great, easy hike since most of it is following along the shores of beautiful Caples Lake. However, anyone else who can hike for 4-6 hours should be just fine. Round Top & Winnemucca and Fourth of July Lake, Thunder Mountain Trail to Horseshoe Canyon Trail, Woods Lake Campground to Pack Trail to Horseshoe Canyon Trail, Caples Lake to Shower Lake via Schneider Cow Camp Road. Out and back. After reaching the back of Caples Lake, the trail turns upward and starts to travel up the surrounding hillside towards Emigrant Lake. As for fishing, it doesn't seem that the lake is stocked, but there are a lot of brook trout in the lake. Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kirkwood, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Start off by hiking towards Winnemucca Lake. Will come back in the Spring to see the Creek filled. After a little more than a mile turn off the trail the Emigrant Lake, following the emigrant route up West Pass on the shoulder of Melissa Coray Peak (5 miles). Bring lunch and plenty of sunscreen for this popular day hike. Hard to leave Caples Lake and its sapphire blue water, the climb up to emigrant along the creek is one of my favorite. Well marked trail, a couple of cute waterfalls, and an overwhelmingly beautiful lake at the end. The road terminates into a round parking area, however, as of the writing of this post, there was a large tree blocking the road abo... Charming Chalet With Backyard And Private Hot Tub, New Listing! There is no camping within 300 feet of the lake itself. Heading east on Highway 88, once you reach the junction to Kirkwood ski resort, it's about 0.7 miles to the parking lot on the right side, just below the Caples Lake dam. The views are stunning when you get to emigrant lake. The Outbound Collective The first mile or so of the trail runs alongside the lake and is a great spot for swimming, fishing, kayaking or SUP. I’m 5 months post op and next . Not as scenic on Kirkwood side, but left me where I’m staying. Took a side trail that went through a small meadow at Kirkwood to make it a semi-loop. Photos and trail descriptions of 'Hike Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake. Advertised as 8 miles on AllTrails, it’s longer. Lots of shaded areas along the way. Over the 2-and-a-half-mile section winding towards the lake, the trail has multiple crossings of Emigrant Creek, which flows out of the lake. The trail starts out by Caples Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Beautiful! When coming down the fire road from lift two toward lift three, the left turn is not obvious. Contact information: 209-295-4251 or Website. Elevation gain: 915 ft. The campground is 59 miles east of Jackson on Highway 88. Your pooch is welcome off leash if they are under strict control and have excellent recall. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Home #california #norcal #cabin #cabinlife #shepsk ©2020 Aspen Ladd. The trail begins by skirting Caples Lake for the first two-miles. Er führt entlang eines Sees, durch schönen Wald und es gibt einen Wasserfall und schöne Wildblumen. From the lake head back north and then west up the rocky slope up towards Covered Wagon Peak. The mountain rises about 500 feet above Emigrant Lake with the exception of a small section to the north where the trail from Caples Lake arrives. The lake is not accessible in the winter, so you should visit from spring through the fall seasons. Take left on CA-88E to Caples Lake. The last mile up to the lake schleps up the hill, and has some uneven terrain that may not be suitable for people with limited mobility and/or small children. Start at the parking lot at the northwest corner of Caples Lake and set off along the shore of the lake. Please explore responsibly! The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. The trailhead begins on Rt 88 just past Kirkwood Resort or Silver Lake - depending on which way you are headed. Then the trail turns south, climbing 800 feet to Emigrant Lake. Careful while scrambling up the rocks in the last half, saw a hiker down with a twisted ankle. Load More. Lots of variation in scenery and the lake at the top was breathtaking. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Epic vistas. Easy to follow. Distance: 8-9 miles roundtrip (out and back). The little bit of climbing you do is all forested and cool, especially in the late season. This function has been disabled for Caples Lake Resort.. OK. The trail head is at the dam for Caples Lake, and the first section of the hike is along the southern shore of the lake. The climb to Emigrant Lake begins at mile 2.3. The summit is less than a mile away. ... (4.6 miles) to Mormon Emigrant Trail (the lake will be on your left) 4) Take a left on Mormon Emigrant Trail and drive about 25 miles to Highway 88. The first 2/3 of the trail is rather flat and appropriate for all skill levels. The Carson-Mormon Emigrant Trail passes near the campground. Hike to Emigrant Lake: The trailhead is located at the spillway parking lot at the west end of Caples Lake. Fishing. The trail head has limited parking but I went on a three-day weekend that may have added some congestion. Caples Lake Campground is across the road from Caples Lake, high on Carson Pass in the Eldorado National Forest. The trailhead has a restroom. Started from Kirkwood, joined the Caples lake to Emigrant Lake trail near Kirkwood’s chair three. • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. Length 9.6 miElevation gain 931 ftRoute type Out & back Beautiful views of Caples Lake in the beginning. We parked at the little lot next … TOP To get there, take Highway 49 to Placerville where you pick up US 50 East to Sly Park Road to Mormon Emigrant Trail/Silver Lake Road. Popular trails and day hikes near Caples Lake Shealor Lake trailhead is on the north side of Highway 88, about half way between Kay's Resort and Plasse's turnoff. Bring a leash for your pooch just in case, and you should also bring doggy cleanup bags and extra water for you both. Didn’t expect there to be a spectacular lake at the end, definitely one of my favorite trails. Once you make it there it's a very chilly snowmelt lake perfect for cooling off your feet and having lunch before you descend! A few aspens along the way. About half the hike follows the southern shore of Caples Lake, a man-made reservoir. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Caples Lake Campground. The four-mile Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Trail hike is one of the most gorgeous paths to wander in the Carson Pass Emigrant Trail area. Emigrant Lake is a popular Alpine Lake destination in the summer, and is also a snowshoe and skiing area during the winter. The 4-mile hike up to Emigrant Lake is rewarded with a beautiful alpine setting. This 4.3 mile trail runs along the lake’s southern shoreline then heads up past streams and cascades to lovely Emigrant Lake, hidden among rocky cliffs and boulders. Nice trail, surface a good mix of dirt and rock. Bringing my hammock on next trip up. This hike begins near the Woods Lake campground. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Trail is a 15.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kirkwood, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Visitors to the area enjoy fishing, boating, and hiking. When the road turns to dirt, take this one-lane dirt road as far as you can go. Heading east on Highway 88, once you reach the junction to Kirkwood ski resort, it's about 0.7 miles to the parking lot on the right side, just below the Caples Lake dam. 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