photo of Emigrant Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness, CA

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Wilderness

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake Backpacking Trip Resources

Books and Maps

Sierra North is the leading backpacking resource for backpacking in the northern Sierra. It includes a section on the Emigrant Wilderness. Tom Harrison maps have quickly become the favorites of back country travelers.


Kennedy Meadows Pack Station

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station knows every mile of the trails through the Emigrant Wilderness. They can pack you and your gear into an Emigrant Lake base camp.

Wilderness Permits

A Wilderness Permit is required for every party camping overnight in the Emigrant Wilderness. Since there are no trailhead quotas limiting the number of people who may enter each trailhead in the Emigrant Wilderness (except Kibbie Ridge/Lake), you do not need to reserve your permit ahead of time unless you are picking it up after hours. Permits are required from April 1 through November 30. Each party is limited to a maximum size of 15 people.

In Tuolumne County pick up a wilderness permit at the
Mi-Wuk Ranger Station, 24695 Highway 108 (just east of Mi-Wuk Village), 8am to 4:30pm, (209) 586-3234 or

Summit Ranger Station, (209) 965-3434, #1 Pinecrest Lake Road (at the Y), summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 8am to 5pm, fall and spring they close at 4:30 and are not open on Sundays.

On the east side of the Sierra you may be able to get your permit from the Bridgeport Ranger Station Highway 395 (south of Bridgeport), (760) 932-7070, summer hours 8am - 4pm. Call ahead.

Backcountry Regulations for the Emigrant Wilderness

Bear canisters are not required in the Emigrant Wilderness.
Campfires are prohibited in the Emigrant Wilderness above 9,000 feet and within ½ mile of Emigrant Lake.