Emerald Lake - Skelton Lake Trail 1.2 mi

  • From the parking area at the far end of the Coldwater Campground, head up the Coldwater-George Trail approximately 1 mile until you reach the left fork leading to Emerald Lake. At this junction, the Emerald Lake - Skelton Lake Trail proper enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness for its duration. Loop back around to Coldwater by way of Skelton Lake and the Duck Pass Trail, or, for a bigger loop, cut across the basin to the northwest on the Coldwater-George Trail.

  • From the parking area at the far end of the Coldwater Campground, head up the Coldwater-George Trail approximately 1 mile until you reach the left fork leading to Emerald Lake. At this junction, the Emerald Lake - Skelton Lake Trail proper enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness for its duration. Loop back around to Coldwater by way of Skelton Lake and the Duck Pass Trail, or, for a bigger loop, cut across the basin to the northwest on the Coldwater-George Trail.

Trail Alerts

  • 05/22/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 8500 ft are covered in snow. Watch for snow, ice, and high water.

Conditions Update

  • 06/16/2017: Snow covered.

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