Best trails in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, California

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Looking for a great trail in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness ranging from 2.3 to 34 miles and from 6,476 to 9,347 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Bull Run Lake Trail
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
#2 - 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
#3 - Disaster Creek Loop Trail
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 17.7 mi • Est. 9 h 8 m
Disaster Creek to Paradise Valley and Boulder Lake. An incredibly diverse, challenging and beautiful backpacking route. You’ll get panoramic views, rock scrambles, a lake, switchbacks, rushing creeks, and gorgeous meadows. There’s lots of water for the first 5 miles and the last 5 miles. The 10 miles in the middle doesn’t have as much water, so make sure you pack/refill accordingly. Show more
#4 - Lower Gardner Meadow, Wolf Creek Pass and Asa Lake
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
#5 - Mosquito Lakes to Bull Run Lake
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
#6 - Highland Lakes - Arnot Creek Loop
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 20.6 mi • Est. 11 h 19 m
#7 - Upper Gardner Meadow via Highland Lakes Trail
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#8 - Pack Trail
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
#9 - Wolf Creek Lake Trail to Grays Crossing
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#10 - 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
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