While the road approaches from the west, the basin is actually drained east through the wilderness by Pleasant Valley Creek. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I dipped my feet in at Glacier Lake while eating lunch and it was pretty dang cold, which is no surprise because it's fed by snowmelt from a patch about 500 feet away from the edge of the lake. The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain. This boulder next to the campsite reminded me that the area had been carved by glaciers. A close up of the Black Buttes as the sun sets. There isn't running water, but there is a vault toilet, and sites accessible by car. “It does an excellent job of describing the miracles of Christ,” he assured me. Having a GPS or a good maps is necessary and compass. Only made it 1 mile before setting up camp at lovely Island Lake. He had backpacked into Glacier Lake with his 13-year-old grandson and told me that he had been bringing youth groups into the area since the 70s. The Tahoe National Forest is closing offices and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities. ... Grouse Lake Located beneath Deadwood Peak, Grouse Lake is the terminus of the trail that leads to Granite Lake. We saw about three backpacking groups, will come back for sure. It was all beautiful. In 2019, Upper Rush Creek supported ~2,647 newborn Brown Trout compared to ~1,572 in 2018. I hid out under my tent’s groundcloth as lightning flashed, thunder rolled, and hail pounded down on my campsite. The trailhead to Grouse Lake is located at Wrights Lake and is accessed by taking the Wrights Lake Road turnoff on Highway 50, 35 miles east of Placerville, and traveling eight miles. A waterfall in the Five Lakes Basin provides water from snowbanks to one of my favorite lakes. The view here is epic. Beautiful lakes, the forest itself, and views from Sand Ridge. A close-up of the area. a naked bug with a white body and brown hair. Other than that, didn't see any bugs the whole day. I removed bear scat from the campsite so they wouldn’t get too nervous. But if you are coming from afar highly suggest to spend the night and enjoy. Only saw 2 other people all day. The sage grouse utilizing the Clear Lake NWR is part of the larger 1.1-million-acre Devil’s Garden/Clear Lake population of sage grouse. This is one of the most satisfying books I have ever read, because it entertained me thoroughly AND made me feel better informed. Trail to Glacier Lake was easy to follow, trail to Five Lakes Basin was not. That's ok. We found the lake, and had it to ourselves. The road between Bowman Lake Rd and Carr campground is passable in a high clearance vehicle, no 4WD necessary. Fantastic backpacking trip. He described himself as a Professor of Practical Theology and told me of his efforts to help children and women in Africa who had been left homeless and destitute by the seemingly endless conflicts. However, I understand why so many people want to visit - its got gorgeous lakes and streams and beautiful wildflowers. —Hilary Custance Green: British Author... Click on the image to learn more about my book, the Bush Devil Ate Sam, and find out where it can be ordered. We didn't do the full loop - we did the northern part on the Sand Ridge Trail, which was completely accessible. Giant red firs and pines stood as silent sentinels over the campground. I obtained a permit out of Lodgepole for September 6th online via email application. Conveniently three hours from Salt Lake City International Airport or thirty minutes from Rock Springs, you'll find the House of Grouse in the Green River Basin; shaped by the influence of the Uinta, Wind River, and Wyoming mountains, eighteen miles from the Green River. Miracles are what have been pulling people into Christianity for millennia. Yes, it’s 2.7 miles of bumpy dirt road to get to the trailhead, but it’s not atrocious - 4WD and high clearance helpful. Our daughter Natasha with her two boys, Ethan on the left and Cody on the right. Gorgeous hike. Heading cross-country toward Grouse Lake. It lies in a wide, level basin ringed by thick timber and marshy willow below Grouse Mountain (12,726’). I am taking my kids here on Wednesday, looking for an update on Trail and Lake conditions, backpacking into Glacier Lake or 5 Lakes Basin. Hiked this trail from the Grouse Ridge Campground trail head. Lots of fun lakes to swim in and have fun around. Ethan was like a deer on the trail, bounding ahead. Cody was like a Sierra badger, digging in and not giving up, mastering the trail one step at a time. ragged rocky skyline, single clear flat nuthatch call: The southern part of the loop (on the Glacier Lake Trail) looked very snowy. The Grouse Lakes area is truly the “land-o-the-lakes.” A long but rewarding loop hike will bring visitors within view of more than fifteen lakes of all sizes, and to the shores of seven. Gorgeous hike. There was still a bit of patchy snow on the ground and the lakes were frozen in spots but gorgeous views. The dog enjoyed the trail. Well marked trail the entire time. I hiked this series of trails last Thursday, 9-26-19. I’d read John before. Whether you are there to swim, stalk wily trout, or watch a sunset over an alpine lake, this is the place to be. Lots of beautiful lakes to camp around. I met Dan at Glacier Lake on my first trip into the Grouse Ridge area this summer. It lies in a wide, level basin ringed by thick timber and marshy willow below Grouse Mountain (12,726’). The guidebook was helpful, but contained some errors and omissions. Took the family on this 12 mile round trip over the Labor day weekend and were surprised it was not busier. (I was raised in a small town just outside of Placerville.). Only reason it didn't get a 5 was the amount of people. Grouse Lake is located 4.7 miles from the Grouse Creek Trailhead in the Holy Cross Wilderness. The Grouse Ridge area is very popular, with Glacier Lake, the 5 Lakes Basin, Black Buttes and other destinations all accessible from this location. I waved one last time, turned, and hiked down the trail toward the Five Lakes Basin. after all day scrambling on the peaks, We met over 10 backpackers on a summer weekday on their way into various locations in this area. 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