North Emerson Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Located at the end of Forest Road 40, just off Co. Rd. 1 south of Eagleville, this trailhead, along with the South Emerson Trailhead connects to Owl Creek Trail for access to the eastern slopes of the South Warner Wilderness.

North and South Emerson trails form a loop, making a short day hike quite enjoyable.  There is a large elevation change along the nearly 3 mile loop and it is suggested to take the South Emerson Trail going up and return via the North Emerson Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/10/2021: Conditions unknown
Fees: No fee.
Restrictions: When parking overnight or for extended periods at trailheads always secure all food, packaging and ice chests in the trunk of your vehicle. Do not park in front of gates or partially obstruct a fire road.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: US Forest Service



North Emerson Trail is 4.37 miles. Steep with lots of switchbacks. Timbered trail except near top by North Emerson Lake. Fishing poor in North Emerson Lake. Limited campsites near trail, access to Natural Bridge. Ties in with Owl Creek and Summit Trails. Campground to North Emerson Lake takes 3 hours.
Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.

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