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Emerald Lake Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.3 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 764' 233 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 9,854' 3,003 m
Low: 9,089' 2,770 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

This forested trail leads to Emerald Lake in the John Muir Wilderness.

Tilman Giese

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trail follows Coldwater Creek for about half a mile as it ascends to Emerald Lake. It's a less-traveled alternative to Duck Pass Trail and more likely to offer some solitude. Emerald Lake is surrounded by lush green meadows that led to its name. The lake is typically very calm and glassy offering you a reflection of the mountains and trees.

The trail keeps ascending steadily beyond Emerald Lake. Look back occasionally to enjoy a good view of Mammoth Mountain. Once you reach Duck Pass Trail, turn left to return to the Coldwater Trailhead or right to ascend to Mammoth Crest.

Insect repellent is recommended.

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Aug 8, 2019
Dustin Rehmann
Pretty lake. Steep accent. LOTS of mosquitoes. 2mi — 11h 00m
Sep 7, 2018
Elizabeth Bacon
1.3mi
Sep 2, 2017
Tilman Giese

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  3.5 from 2 votes

#13

in Mammoth Lakes

#18182

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#1,951

in California

#18,182

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Mammoth Mountain
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Emerald Lake
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Snowy mountains through the trees on Emerald Lake Trail.
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Emerald Lake
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Emerald Lake meadow.
Sep 18, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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