Description - 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. Elevations range form below 5,000 feet near Cherry Reservoir to 11,570 feet at Leavitt Peak, but the elevational range of most of the popular high use areas is 7,500 to 9,000 feet.
- The diversity of Emigrant Wilderness offers a range of activities during all seasons. Activities include fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
Recreation - Primary recreations center around horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking.
Climate - Precipitation averages 50 inches annually, 80% of it in the form of snow. Snowpacks typically linger into June, sometimes later following very wet winters. Summers are generally dry and mild, but afternoon thundershowers occur periodically and nighttime temperatures dip below freezing quite often. Be prepared for cold and wet weather at anytime of the year.
The 113,000 acre Emigrant Wilderness is located on the upper western slope of the central Sierra Nevada mountain range, within the Stanislaus National Forest. It is bordered by Yosemite National Park on the south, the Toiyabe National Forest on the east, and State Highway 108 on the north. It is an elongated area that trends northeast about 25 miles in length and up to 15 miles in width. This area is entirely within Tuolumne County and is approximately 140 air miles east of San Francisco and 50 air miles south of Lake Tahoe.