The Lake Is A Popular Reservoir Located Miles East Of Sonora, And One Mile From Highway 108

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Pinecrest Lake is a popular reservoir located thirty miles east of Sonora, and one mile from Highway 108. The pretty lake is hemmed in by a long forested ridge on its south shore. The landmass is called Dodge Ridge, and it has a ski resort on it. Beyond the resort the ridgeline continues to rise, gradually, and three miles later it crosses an administrative boundary line. The ridge, which divides the Stanislaus River from the Tuolumne River, continues inside the Emigrant Wilderness Area. The roadless area is huge, and it adjoins Yosemite National Park. This is a place where hikers can exhaust themselves, and where they can recover and find peace among roly-poly mounds of granite.
One brief trip, a traditional favorite among Pinecrest campers, is to follow the Gianelli Trail to Burst Rock, which is a scenic plateau that ends at an abrupt cliff. Burst Rock offers thrilling views, especially to the north, down the face of the cliff. From here most dayhikers continue on the beaten path to Powell Lake, which is a lovely tarn situated on a side-shelf to the north. To escape the crowds, knowledgeable hikers can hike ½ mile farther, until they gain the shoulder of the next ridgeline. If you abandon the trail, and do 500 yards of off-trail work, you will arrive at a couple of pip-squeak domes. The twin-humped wart of granite lacks an official name, and so I have dubbed the landform “Double-Bubble Rock.” Situated above Chewing Gum Lake, Double-Bubble Rock is a fine goal for a day’s…

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