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Best bird watching trails in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, California

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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.
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#1 - Sword Lake Trail
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
There are two main trailheads to access this lake. The closest one is the County Line trailhead, at which you can park after having survived driving 6 miles of dusty dirt road, of Highway 108. The rangers at the Summit station in Pinecrest have said that the trailhead could be driven to in regular passenger vehicles but there are many holes and rocks. The trail starts climbing right away and is steep at places, but once you reach (quickly) the summit (which is on the side of the Dardanelles West), the rest of the short hike is mostly downhill. It goes through woodlands first, then in beautiful, flowery meadows before going back to woodlands close to the lake. You can set up camp high on the granite (to avoid mosquitoes) but still very close to the lake. Spend time swimming and jumping from the cliffs, exploring Sword Lake's brother, Lost Lake, taking great views of Spicer Meadow Reservoir, and taking pictures of the sunset. Show more
#2 - Highland Lakes - Arnot Creek Loop
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 20.6 mi • Est. 11 h 19 m
#3 - Wolf Creek Lake Trail to Grays Crossing
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#4 - Carson-Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Golden Canyon, Elder Creek, Disaster Creek
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 49.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
The hiking is challenging with lots of creek crossings. What this wilderness lacks in mountain vistas it makes up for in solitude, and meadows filled with colorful wildflowers, butterflies, and hummingbirds.Show more
#5 - Snodgrass Creek to the Soda Cone
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
#6 - Bull Lake via Elder Creek Trail
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 8 h 7 m