Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

backpacking
8 months ago

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.

The trail from Highland Lakes to Asa Lake is poorly marked. We missed the Asa Lake turn off. FYI it's about 75 yards past the "Entering Wilderness" sign. At this point the trail starts downhill and the split is hardly noticeable because the left fork (the one you want to take to Asa Lake) looks more like drainage or creek bed, so it's very easy to assume the trail you've been on just continue on to the right. Take the drainage one that veers off to the left.
On Laborday weekend the Highland Lakes campground was completely full.

10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

backpacking
10 months ago

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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Monday, September 07, 2015