Hiking up to Emerald Lake and Sky Meadows

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Hiking on the trail to Sky Meadows
We took the puppies for a hike today. The trail leading to Emerald Lake and Sky Meadows is about 4 miles round trip, a moderate difficulty trail, climbing from 9080 feet to 10050 feet.

The trailhead is at the end of the Coldwater campgrounds. The parking lot was not full, it's good to hike on weekdays to avoid crowds, especially on easier hikes. The trail goes along earshot of the rushing water of Coldwater Creek, and crosses it several times. The first part of the hike was easy and took us to Emerald Lake, a small, green and beautiful lake with view of Mammoth Crest behind. There is no swimming in this lake, the water is cold anyway. But the pups went in the sandy shore and cooled off their feet and had a few drinks of water. Then another dog arrived, with 3 people following.
Coldwater creek
The dogs met and greeted each other, and then Diamond wanted to play and started to run around in big circles around the other dog, and it was kind of crazy, but we could tell he was having a great time.

Then we went around the lake and continued our hike, crossing the creek feeding into Emerald Lake. Parts of the trail were covered in patches of snow, and Amber was happy to have her snow bath, and slid down the snow on her back. Some parts of the trail was a little steep (OK, not really, if you are a mountain climber, but a little more than a gentle climb) and we had to cross another creek. Along the way, we had view of the red hill above Lake Mary. The trail was not all open to the sky, so we did get some nice shades in the trees. The creek then turned into a small waterfall, and the water was rushing and splashing there.
on the trail with pups
This last part of the trail went alongside the creek, and was covered by snow just before we crested at Sky Meadows. We reached Sky Meadows about 2 hours after we started our hike. Sky Meadows was a meadow below Mammoth Crest, with several streams of the water meandering in the meadow. There were patches of soft grass to lie down on, waters to wade in, rocks to climb on if you choose. The wildflowers were starting to bloom, but probably have not reached their peak yet.

There were two other dogs here with their owner sharing the meadow with us, and Diamond played with the other dogs again. The other dogs were off leash, but we kept Diamond and Amber on the leash. Coming down was faster, a little more than 1 hour. The outing took about 4 hours, we hiked slowly, dogs played, I took pictures, we sat down and looked at views from time to time. It was a beautiful day. The mosquitos were out in force though and I had to swat many from my arms. The pups (and us) were tired afterwards, and should sleep well tonight!
portia says:
wow, really? if you ever want to come back, let us know, we can meet in Mammoth and ski together...
Posted on: Jul 10, 2010
fransglobal says:
Emerald Lake looks almost as beautiful as the Emerald Isle! Even without Aurelie and you in the photos!
Posted on: Jul 10, 2010
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Hiking on the trail to Sky Meadows
Hiking on the trail to Sky Meadows
Coldwater creek
Coldwater creek
on the trail with pups
on the trail with pups
toward Sky Meadows
toward Sky Meadows
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
Amber likes the snow, and rolled i…
Amber likes the snow, and rolled …
Coldwater Creek coming down from S…
Coldwater Creek coming down from …
Coldwater Creek coming down from S…
Coldwater Creek coming down from …
Coldwater Creek coming down from S…
Coldwater Creek coming down from …
Coldwater Creek coming down from S…
Coldwater Creek coming down from …
Coldwater Creek coming down from S…
Coldwater Creek coming down from …
Sky Meadows, and Mammoth Crest beh…
Sky Meadows, and Mammoth Crest be…
Sky Meadows, Blue Crag dominating …
Sky Meadows, Blue Crag dominating…
Sky Meadows, more than 180 degree …
Sky Meadows, more than 180 degree…
Diamond found a friend to play wit…
Diamond found a friend to play wi…
Amber at Sky Meadows
Amber at Sky Meadows
Coldwater creek flowing from Sky M…
Coldwater creek flowing from Sky …
snowy slopes viewed from Sky Meado…
snowy slopes viewed from Sky Mead…
flowers at Sky Meadows
flowers at Sky Meadows
water
water
flowers at Sky Meadows
flowers at Sky Meadows
Diamond shaking off the water in t…
Diamond shaking off the water in …
plants near the creek at Sky Meado…
plants near the creek at Sky Mead…
View from the trail toward back of…
View from the trail toward back o…
Made the pups wait!
Made the pups wait!
Creek
Creek
Coldwater Creek from Sky Meadows
Coldwater Creek from Sky Meadows
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
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photo by: christopherborel