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Emigrant Wilderness

The Emigrant Wilderness is a glaciated landscape of great scenic beauty. The northeastern third of the Wilderness is dominated by volcanic ridges and peaks; the remaining areas consist of many sparsely vegetated, granitic ridges interspersed with numerous lakes and meadows.  To the north and east one finds terrain dominated by lava-capped summits with fields of granite spanning for miles. In the western parts of the Emigrant, though still a granite and lava landscape, there are more lakes, meadows and patches of pine.


  • Est. 1975
  • 112,277 Acres
  • Highest peak: 10, 694 feet
  • Tuolumne County
  • Stanislaus National Forest

How to Get Here:

The Emigrant is most easily accessible from Hwy 108, with many visitors entering from near Pinecrest Lake or Kennedy Meadows. From the south, the wilderness is accessible from Cherry Lake, along the border with Yosemite National Park.

What to Do:

Hiking, Backpacking, Camping and Fishing


Permits required for overnight camping.


As with all areas in the sierra wilderness, summer months offer the most ideal weather conditions due to the heavy snow fall in the winter and snow pack left in the spring.

Local Tip:

Check out the restrictions on this area. If you plan on fishing pay close attention to the rules and regulations set up by the forest service to protect this habitat.