Explore the most popular Camping 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.

hiking
2 months ago

The views are amazing! One of my favorite hikes. The lake is clear and there is an island to swim out to. Also, lots of fish jumping!

backpacking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
2 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
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Initially easy trail to follow but at a crossing we somehow got off path which took us off trail scrambling over tight rocky spots. Take GPS, a 2hr hike turned into 3.5hr hike for our family. Great for teens and adults. Beautiful lake and camp spot by water above rocks. Closer to water were a lot of mosquitoes. Looked like lots of fish, cold water but clear.

hiking
closed
3 months ago

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

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

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
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
4 months ago

the destination is worth the journey, but it is not for the faint of heart. There is an excessive amount of snow that made it impossible to stay on trail. The trail is easier and more enjoyable if you accept that your feet will get wet early on. The trail is washed out or covered with snow. We navigated by GPS. It was a 7.5 mile hike in for us and a 5.6 mile hike out. it was easier to find the trail on the second day. The lake is still half frozen and camp grounds are limited, but the setting is amazing.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

July 3, 2019, guess it’s not the right season for this hike. We only made it halfway due to all the snow this year. We couldn’t see a trail most of the way so it was slow going. There was 2 stream crossings up to that point, both over fallen logs since the river was quite high. The first part takes you through Stanislaus Meadow then you’ll follow the stream on your left before crossing it. Watch our for the fallen barb wire fence along the meadow. Pretty surroundings though and a decent amount of shade. Hoping to return to this trail in a couple of months!

backpacking
muddy
off trail
snow
4 months ago

Still a lot of snow on the ground. We started from Mosquito lake and lost the trail pretty much at the very beginning and navigate by compass to the lake. There is still ice/snow on the lake, didn't catch a single fish but it's such a beautiful and peaceful place! Stayed for two nights. Then on the way out, took the Bull Run trail, much easier and doable to stay on the trail if you look for carved 'i' on the trees. A lot of streams to cross and it gets muddy.

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

backpacking
Tue Aug 07 2018

The smoke Aug 5-7 was quite heavy, which limited our ability to enjoy the lake. Smoke prevented seeing far and we could feel it in our lungs. With a clear sky we would have had a wonderful experience. Nice camping spots, and the island at the middle of the lake would have been a great swimming goal.

hiking
Sat Aug 04 2018

August 4, very smoky, mid 70s most of wildflowers done, not many bugs. .5 mile road to trailhead is 4WD. Solid hike, would be good for trail running if air quality was better. Nice island ~30 ft from edge of lake. Trail is very rocky, hard on the ankles. Lots of fallen trees on the trail.

backpacking
Mon Jul 09 2018

This hike was gorgeous. I will say if you plan on just hiking to Disaster Creek and then heading back, then this if a relatively easier hike. However, you will need to be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of bug spray. If you plan on doing the entire loop, this is not advised for beginning hikers or backpackers as this does require some off trail and very good preparation. Do not bring anything you absolutely do not need. This hike is totally worth it and I would recommend doing it over a 3 day period so you are not pushing yourself too hard any one day. This is important to consider as the altitude gets to you very quickly. Quick tips: 1. Bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy 2. Bring strong bug spray 3. Start at disaster creek and end at Boulder Lake 4. Pack smart Have fun!

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