Upper Lunch Meadow to Brown Bear Pass

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 22 March 2014

Backpacking South over the last mile and a half up to Brown Bear Pass from Upper Lunch Meadow we first encounter the trail junction teeing off to the South over Mosquito Pass to Emigrant Lake a half-mile above Upper Lunch Meadow.

This map covers this potential route

Emigrant Wilderness Map

Emigrant Lake is the third lake down the Canyon of the North fork of Cherry Creek from Emigrant Meadow Lake in Emigrant Meadow.

As soon as we reach Brown Bear Pass we will see Emigrant Meadow and Lake, and understand the potential loop we can take from here down to Emigrant Lake to hike back to this Mosquito Pass trail junction via Brown Bear Pass, or visa-versa.

Brown Bear to Jack Main Canyon Map

This junction to Emigrant Lake opens up lots of loops around the Emigrant Meadows, the easiest of which would be hiking up North Cherry Creek and back around to Brown Bear Pass.

Or we can continue Southeast past Emigrant Lake to push our turnaround point further out before bending back to Brown Bear Pass. We can turnaround through North Cherry Creek, Horse Meadow, or Snow Lake to make larger and larger backpacking loops covering more and more of the stunning high altitude terrain of Emigrant Wilderness.

But not us.

We are continuing South across this last mile and a half up to the top of the Summit Creek Canyon at Brown Bear Pass. From there we follow the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail directly to Bond Pass and our exit from Emigrant Wilderness into the North Yosemite Backcountry.

Brown Bear to Bond Pass miles and elevations

How do you hike it?

There are numerous options to get to Bond Pass from here at the Mosquito Pass trail junction, either to bend back towards Kennedy Meadows Pack Station through Brown Bear Pass, or to continue South to Tuolumne Meadows.

What's your favorite trip or place in the stunning beauties of the High Emigrant Wilderness Basin?

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