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Emerald Lakes Trail

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Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 22' 7 m
Descent: -72' -22 m
High: 10,515' 3,205 m
Low: 10,443' 3,183 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Trail shared by Lee Watts

A short, flat trail branch that passes the three largest Emerald Lakes.

Lee Watts

Features Lake · Views

Wilderness permits are required. They can be obtained on line at recreation.gov/permits. The trail entrance is JM17. There are daily quotas.

Description

Emerald Lakes are beautiful with great views across to high ridges in the distance. They would be a lot more popular if there were not so many other spectacular lakes in the area. They are shallow and sit in a flat, somewhat swampy basin. The shallowness and surrounding grass give them their emerald color.

The main reason I passed these lakes was to reach the off-trail route that leads over the ridge to Topsy Turvy Lake.

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Jul 5, 2019
Jenny Lao
Went off trail 1mi

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#12

in Bishop Basin

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#12

in Bishop Basin

#2,654

in California

#22,085

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Middle Emerald Lake.
Apr 22, 2017 near Big Pine, CA

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