Exploring Carson Pass

Carson Pass and the surrounding area offers year round recreation options for active outdoor enthusiasts.

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Carson Pass” by jcookfisher via Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Hiking, backpacking, and camping are popular in the summer months, especially when wildflowers are in bloom. During the winter, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling opportunities are plentiful. Check in advance for winter conditions, and always travel safely and responsibly in the wilderness.

lake winnemucca

A moderate hike (approximately 2.5 miles from the Carson Pass trailhead) brings you to scenic Lake WInnemucca.

carson pass information center

Checking out the map before our hike at the Carson Pass Information Center

carson pass information center

Stop in to the Carson Pass Information Center for a limited selection of snacks, souvenirs, and trail information. (Seasonal)

pacific crest trail

Views along the Pacific Crest Trail to Lake WInnemucca.

Related Places: Lake Winnemucca, Mokelumne Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest