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Mule Trip to Emigrant Wilderness

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Distance: 11.6 miles


Four day mule trip to Wood Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness north of Yosemite. Utilized the services of Aspen Meadows Pack Station to deliver our gear while most of our group rode in on horseback (two made the 12 mile hike on foot with daypacks).
  • 1-Aspen Meadows Pack Station.JPG
  • 2-Dropping Gear at the Pack Station.JPG
  • 3-Emigrant Wilderness.jpg
  • 4-View into Pine Valley.JPG
  • 5-Riding in to Wood Lake.jpg
  • 6-Mule Train to Wood Lake.JPG
  • 7-Wood Lake, west end.JPG
  • 8-Evening at Wood Lake, east end.JPG
  • 9-Trail Marker to Lower Bucks Lake.jpg
  • 10-Lower Bucks Lake Rainbow.jpg
  • 11-Wood Lake Camp Site.JPG
  • 12-Trail across Wood Lake.jpg
  • 13-Small Lakelet above Bucks Lake.JPG
  • 14-Rainbow Trout.jpg
  • 15-Wood Lake and Meadow.JPG
  • 16-Trail near Gem Lake.jpg
  • 17-Stone Stairway.jpg

 Wednesday, August 26th: Left Sacramento at 6:30 PM and drove to Pinecrest Campground 40 miles east of Sonora, California. Stopped in Jackson for mexican food and miscellaneous supplies.

Thursday, August 27th: Up before daylight to meet our packer at 6:00 AM. Unloaded gear at Aspen Meadows Pack Station, then drove a few more miles to the trailhead (Crabtree). Six of us mounted horses for the 12 mile ride to Wood Lake and two day hiked. Arrived at Wood Lake after lunch and proceeded to set up camp and relax.

Friday, August 28th: Hiked a few miles up to Lower Bucks Lake for some awesome trout fishing. Wrapped up the day with swimming, drinking, eating, and more relaxation.

Saturday, August 29th: More fishing at Wood Lake, a day hike to a near by granite outcropping, then more exploration around Lower Bucks Lake. All of this followed by more swimming, more drinking, more eating, and more relaxation.

Sunday, August 30th: Piled all of our gear in one spot for the packers then took off on our 12 mile hike out of the wilderness. Six hours later we were collecting our gear at the trailhead. Scenery was awesome.

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