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Lake Winnemucca from Carson Pass via Pacific Crest Trail

Excellent moderate hike at Sierra crest southwest of Lake Tahoe

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Only the fiercest blizzards close Carson Pass, which crosses the Sierra Nevada crest about 30 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. The... more »

Tips:  Seasonal:

Always check the weather forecast before you go; weather is generally mild from July through mid-September, but... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Route

The trail starts behind the privy in the parking lot (look for the Pacific Crest Trail sign board, though it'll probably be snowed under in winter).

The trail goes south through a pine forest, climbing steadily but not too steeply. After about a mile you'll see Frog Lake over to your left -- it's great place to stop for a picture.

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2. Fees, regulations, etc

Summer: $5 summer day use fee to park at Carson Pass. Pay via green iron ranger near the trail head.

Winter: Nov. 1 to May 30: Sno-Park permit ($5) must be acquired at a U.S. Forest Service ranger station. Click this link for station locations. Wilderness permits required for overnight stays in the backcountry -- also available at Forest... More