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Scenic, Historic and Geologic Interesting Pass is worth a Stop

Carson Pass forms part of the Great Basin Divide. At 8,573 ft, is the highest pass crossing the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark H
Sonoma, California

Absolutely amazing views! The air is so clean and clear. No city haze or fog. The fall colors... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Lacey, Washington
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Highway 88 east, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carson Pass forms part of the Great Basin Divide. At 8,573 ft, is the highest pass crossing the Sierra that is open in the winter. Named after Kit Carson, famous frontier guide and explorer, immigrant Mormons created the Carson Trail through the pass in 1848,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mark H
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing views! The air is so clean and clear. No city haze or fog. The fall colors were amazing, so vibrant. If visiting Lake Tahoe definitely take a drive to summit of Carson Pass! The views are out of this world.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paulas5458549
Reviewed 3 October 2018

From the Ranger station there are several moderate trails to some of the near by mountain lakes. The trail to Frog Lake is pretty easy.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank drastler
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Went with my hiking group to Winnemucca Lake & then up to Round Top Lake. The wildflowers were spectacular. Everywhere I looked there were splashes of purple, pink, yellow & white. The trail is mainly in the sun so I suggest doing it early in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Karen T
Reviewed 25 June 2018

The number listed is (209) 298-8606 and that is a residential number. The correct number is (209) 258-8606.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank cutebluefrog
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Hubby & I rode our BMW Adventure Bike on Hwy 88 which lead us up to Carson Pass & the parking/hiking spot at the top. It was Labor Day Weekend & there was no where to park. We were hoping to get a hike in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank JstLv2Crz
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had a very good time at Carson Pass area Labor Day Week-end 2017. We drove from Minden, Nevada to Carson Pass. There are scenic lakes and viewpoints. Many were out hiking. Our destination was Caples Lake. We were going there for trout fishing. Others...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank mini
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We hiked in early July 2017 so there was still a bit of snow in the higher elevations. We had to cross two snow fields of about 50 yards each. Kind of a pain in tennis shoes but worth every step. About half way up...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

We drove Highway 88 from Minden/Gardnerville. On this route is several lakes The top of the pass is called Carson Pass. Since it was mid May and it was a good snow year, there was still a lot of snow on the mountain peaks, Caples...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank mini
Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is kinda funny. It's nothing more than a shack that's open in warm months with a Forest Service stuff...maps, some books, t-shirts maybe. Restroom. If you have a Federal lands senior pass (available at age 62 at any National Park) you park free. Hiking...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Ruby M
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