This popular trailhead is the starting point for a hike out to Cascade Falls, or into Desolation Wilderness above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.
Place Category: Trailheads
Carson Pass is a mountain pass on the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, traversed by California State Route 88 in the El Dorado National Forest and Alpine County.
Carson Pass and the surrounding area offers year round recreation options for active outdoor enthusiasts. 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.
The Carson Pass Information Station at the summit on Highway 88 is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. In the winter contact the Amador Ranger Station in Pioneer. A day-use $5 fee is charged for parking. A wilderness permit is required for overnight trips into the Mokelumne Wilderness. A SNO-PARK pass is required for parking November 1 through May 30 of each year.
- Carson Pass – Pacific Crest Trail North to: