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Home - Hiking - Emigrant Lake/Melissa Coray Peak

Emigrant Lake

The Vitals

Elevation - Peak 9,795', Lake 8,600'
Rock - Granite/Igneous Scree
Directions
- Go from Kirkwood in winter or Caples Lake in summer. Parking at either side of the lake works, then take the trail to the back of the lake. The trail from the west parking area sees a bit more traffic. You can also go from Carson Pass or Woods Lake

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Locals Tips

Access the area as part of a Carson Pass to Kirkwood tour

Recommended Gear

Hiking Shoes
Bugproof Hats
Hydration Pack
Avalanche Gear (winter)
Climbing Skins


Melissa Coray Peak and Emigrant Lake lie within the Mokelumne Wilderness Area (the peak is along the boundary). The beautiful area sees much more winter visitors than summer since it is easily accessed from Kirkwood's backside but quite a hike in the summer from Caples Lake. The highest peak on the ridge is actually Peak 9795 and Melissa Coray is only a sub peak (with the radio tower) but got the name. The Emigrant Lake is a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by wildflowers in mid to late summer. The trail there is along a lake and creek the entire way so you'll have to go through miles of mosquitoes to get there on many day. Consider a mosquito net hat in addition to bug spray. Winter time the entire area sees a large amount of traffic and includes a number of named runs off peak 9795 (California Chute, Stovepipe, Pipeline and more) and the West Shore area allows for a quick lap without the need for skins or booting (snowboarders have a hike to get back in). The West Shore features Broadway, Diagonal, Main, West Shore, and the Temple of Doom on the way back in.

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