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blue Emmaline Lake

Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,989' 606 m
Descent: -2' -1 m
High: 11,002' 3,353 m
Low: 9,014' 2,747 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by Joel Larner

A beautiful trail leading into the Comanche Peak Wilderness with an impressive cirque at the top.

Joel Larner

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

This is a high travel area. Camping is limited to developed campsites in the Cirque Meadow ONLY. No camping within a mile or more of the cirque. The camping boundary is well signed on the trail.

Description

From the Tom Bennett Campground continue up FS 145 a very short way to the fork with FS 147. There is a trailhead sign there, though with a 4WD you can drive part way up FS 147. A normal clearance 4WD will go less than a half mile before having to pull off the road. A higher clearance 4WD can make it to a gate about 3/4 mile up FS 147.

The road will slowly converge down to a singletrack. There are a few tougher areas to navigate as you get higher on the trail, though there are plenty of cairns to mark the way if you look around. The trail gets steeper as you approach Cirque Lake, then it's a quick jaunt up to Emmaline Lake from there.

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Jun 15, 2019
Aeravi Link
snow shoes 9mi
Jun 8, 2019
Samantha Bergonia
The hike up to cirque meadows was mellow, as always. Lots of snow from the meadow to the lake. No snowshoes and we were postholin' the whole way! 12.2mi
May 5, 2019
Rebecca Falgoust
Aug 5, 2018
Cam Morton
Says 5.6 mi, but that’s assuming you drive up a narrow 4x4 road that seems to be part of the trail. I mapped 6.4 to Emmaline lake from the trailhead 12.8mi
Aug 5, 2018
Ro Lyon
Aug 1, 2018
Tom Breen
easy walk, nice waterfall along the way
Jul 14, 2018
Alex Voller
Jul 14, 2018
Hannah Sellnow
5.6-6 miles each way. BEAUTIFUL trail the whole way. Highlights: wildflowers, stream crossings, waterfalls, views 12mi

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#310

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