Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

This was the start of our two day backpacking trip through this loop. Although the views are amazing, this is not an actual trail. We scrambled around avoiding steep drops left and right. Eventually we caught up to the trail that starts just a ways down at the lakes. Would have started from that trailhead if doing this again!

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Road to trailhead remains closed about a half mile in due to fire last year.

very easy reason to navigate. my boy did this no problem and we camped along the river. no official sights but there are a few be spots previously cleared so it was a wonderful night.

hiking
4 months ago

Can I hike this trail?

hiking
closed
4 months ago

I went to hike this trail today. The road to the trail head remains closed. I assume it is due to the fire that went through a couple years ago. It looks like they have been doing some logging of the burned trees. I hope they get the trail opened soon.

Did not go all the way due to time constraints

Sun Jul 01 2018

Went here a lot in my teens, it was always a very easy hike! I was a leader in training @ Camp Jack Hazard, we got to explore many of these lakes near Dardanelle. I'm excited being back after many years away & can bring my own kid now!

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

I tried hiking this trail yesterday, however, the dirt road leading to this trail was closed. I ended up hiking the dirt road, which consisted of a steady incline, nothing unbearable. You cross several camping areas and streams. The mountain which is either the Dardanelles or adjacent to was burned and there are a lot of dead trees which I assume is why the dirt road was closed. I’m hoping the road opens sometime soon because I’d really like to hike it.

backpacking
Fri Jun 08 2018

I chose to do an overnighter parking at Snodgrass trailhead and making my way to soda cone. There was a very deep river/creek crossing 1/4 of the way out. Didn’t get to soda cone as there was another water crossing that just seemed sketchy. I then backtracked and followed the silver creek river crossing all the way to the packsaddle. Another river crossing only thigh deep. The trail around the poison flat was very hard to follow and also marshy. If I hadn’t had the Carson iceberg wilderness map along with my phone, using gaia gps app I might not have been able to find my way. The landscape changes from deep forest to aspen to marshy wetlands and even large rock formations. It’s absolutely stunning. Did not see a single person the entire time.

backpacking
Mon Dec 04 2017

Mostly down hill on the way in. Would recommend staying the night and exploring the East Fork Carson down past soda cone.

on Sword Lake Trail

backpacking
Mon Sep 18 2017

We hiked this trail last year around July (2016) and it was stunning! The trek in is very easy all downhill which does make the trek out somewhat laborious but doable! the actual lake is VERY beautiful with some good jumping rocks! it didn't feel to crowded at all but we got there Thursday and stayed until Sunday and ended up on the backside of the lake to right. We also hiked over to the reservoir which is worth the hike (its very eerie) I would take our oldest child (13) on this hike but probably not the younger ones (12 & 5) just because the hike out would be super hard for them.

Tue Jul 18 2017

The hike is beautiful! Did it with two 11 yr old boys quite easily. The lake has a 30' high jump off spot. The hike goes through a meadow, past creeks, tons of wildflower s and is partially shaded. The drive in to the trailhead is five miles of a rocky, uneven dirt road, parts are really bad.

backpacking
Thu Jul 06 2017

beautiful wildflowers and views. we kept going to the reservoir and Hiram Meadows

backpacking
Tue Jul 04 2017

Very well marked trail. The lake is beautiful and had I not had a heavy pack, I'm sure I would have enjoyed the hike much more. As a day hike I would agree this to be a moderate hike. Backpacking I would say more moderate to hard. Be prepared for massive ants and relentless mosquitoes. Without repellant, even walking on the trail you will be miserable. The views are spectacular - but lots of campsites are off limits for reclamation efforts so get there early in the week or start at the crack of dawn to secure a spot as we had a hard time finding a place to setup for the night. A little too crowded for my taste.

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Sat Aug 26 2017

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