Blackbird Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 428' 130 m
Descent: -62' -19 m
High: 9,448' 2,880 m
Low: 9,060' 2,762 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“Climbs wide granite-bound canyon across meadows and past two of the beautiful, but shallow, Emigrant lakes.”— Lee Watts
The Blackbird Trail leaves the Huckleberry Trail at a signpost immediately north of Blackbird Lake. The area is open with mixed granite and thigh-high plants. If you cannot follow the trail, just make your way up the south side of Cherry Creek. After about 0.8 miles, the trail crosses the creek and then leaves it as it climbs a gap that leads to Middle Emigrant Lake.
Middle Emigrant is quite shallow with flat meadows on the upstream side, so its size must vary considerably during the season. The steep granite cliff that comes down next to the lake is unlike the normal exfoliated domes. Much of the surface has a polished look, but when viewed from a distance it appears to be covered with deep wrinkles. The trail passes along the northwest shore and the meadows above the lake before crossing Cherry Creek to climb up a short, gentle gap that leads to Emigrant Meadow Lake.
Emigrant Meadow Lake is larger, but still shallow. Climbing even a short distance up the rocks on the south side will lead to expansive views of the surrounding area. There are large meadows on the east and north sides. Looking north, you can see a contact point between the granite ridges that characterize the Sierra to the west and the metamorphic ridges that characterize the Sierra to the east.
Halfway around the east shore is the junction with the Lunch Meadow Trail (also called the Brown Bear Pass Trail), which leads northwest towards Brown Bear Pass or southeast towards Grizzly Meadow.
Land Manager: USFS - Stanislaus National Forest Office