September is a wonderful time to backpack in the mountains. Mosquitoes are down a bit, the weather is usually perfect, there aren’t as many people around and hey, you’re in the mountains. Gem lake is in the Emigrant Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains, just north of Yosemite National Park. At 8200 feet it’s not too difficult to get there by backpacking standards. We took 2 easy days to get up. It’s small, a great place to take a swim and, well, just the perfect little mountain lake.
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