Sierra Club base camp trip to Gem Lake, in the Emigrant Wilderness, off the Sonora Pass Road, just north of Yosemite in the beautiful Sierra Nevada of California

August 2008

About a dozen good natured and rather fit folks met at the trailhead to camp and prepare for the trek to Gem Lake. We headed out the next morning on a scenic trail above 7,000 feet which only went to 8,200 feet. We would spend the day hiking about 10 miles through forest and open rocky areas. Bob sees a camera and knows what to do.

"It's only another mile"

Gem Lake, a welcome destination worthy of its name
This would be our base camp for six nights.
Ah, sweet paradise!

Meggan, Sue and Didier
Gem Lake

We took a variety of day hikes to nearby lakes. Here we are at Wood Lake, with Rusty and Beth

This is 180 degrees from the previous photo, an extension of Wood Lake

David, at camp, Happy Hour?

Banjos might be loud, but there are always happy people nearby

Deer lake, utter peace

Jill at Deer Lake

Alan cheerfully provided us with gourmet fresh fried trout

Farewell, Gem Lake - Adieu, Meggan

Many thanks for the thoughtful and thorough leadership of Sy and Laura

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