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Backpacking around the southern part of Emigrant. About 12 miles/day if we stay on trail, but probably some off-trail as well (with proportionally less mileage). Group size will be around six.
Expecting to drive up the night before and camp near the TH, maybe Pinecrest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stanislaus/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=15047) or Fraser Flat (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stanislaus/recarea/?recid=14981).
driving map (http://goo.gl/maps/Yg4PG) to Alicia's Sugar Shack (sync point), Summit Ranger Station, trailhead weather near Buck Lakes (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.16&lon=-119.75) NOAA/NOHRSC modeled snow depth (http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html?ql=station&zoom=&loc=38.0188+N%2C+119.5797+W&var=ssm_depth&snap=1&o5=1&o6=1&o9=1&o12=1&o13=1&lbl=m&o7=1&mode=pan&extents=us&min_x=-120.1083&min_y=37.8500&max_x=-119.4&max_y=38.4333&coord_x=+-119.5797&coord_y=+++38.0188&zbox_n=38.3332&zbox_s=38.0188&zbox_e=-119.5685&zbox_w=-120.0265&metric=0&bgvar=dem&shdvar=shading&h_o=0&font=0&js=1&uc=0) CalTopo (http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=[masked],[masked]&z=12&b=t) IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER -- PLEASE READ
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