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Another gorgeous day of snowshoeing at Carson Pass. The trail was highly trafficked today with many cross country skiers and other snowshoers out enjoying the day. Snow on the trail was well packed, and I was able to use microspikes all the way to Lake Winnemucca where we turned around. It was windier at the lake, as it always is, so bring layers!

Absolutely beautiful trail for snowshoeing and other winter activities. We saw a handful of other people on the trail, but nothing even close to how busy this hike is in the warmer months. The trail was easy to follow and well packed enough that I could use microspikes rather than full on snowshoes. You will need a Sno Park permit to park in the lot, but well worth it!

did this trail in October great hike good workout when i do again i will probably skip 4th of July trail its all down hill after doing this round top peak its a little much i would do that on a different day

1 month ago

Lovely, short hike to the lake. A bit of an uphill at first but very manageable. Walk past the lake to see a great view of Red Lake below. Note that if you go from Nov. 1 to May 30 you're expected to have paid for and be displaying a sno-park pass in your car. The pass is not available for purchase at the parking lot trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked in June 2018. Did this loop counter clockwise. Round Top and Fourth of July Lake were awesome, but after leaving Fourth of July Lake the trail became extremely overgrown. Lots of bush waking and scratched legs. Some parts were so overgrown that you could barley see the trail. I would do Round Top again and maybe do an overnight backpacking trip to the lake, but I would not continue on after the lake. Ever. I was wearing long pants and still got scratched up. Ended up with 17.5 miles.

It was a great hike. We thought is was more like 9 miles. nice and shady. grant views of cable lake and emigrant lake was awesome. had a lunch at lake then headed back. we felt it was moderate skill.

This was an excellent hike from beginning to end. We began at Caples Lake and followed the trail along the lake until it veered up to toward the historic Emigrant Lake. I arrived to this weather worn Lake imagining the Mormon Emigrates hitting this wall of rock. It was fishbowl staring up at the back of Roundtop and Stagecoach across the Lake. We bushwhacked up to the Stagecoach Trail for another beautiful full vista view of both Caples Lake and Emigrant. I imagine the Mormans did the same and continued East to Utah? We on the other hand went West on the trail bushwhacking our way back down this steep terrain guided by the ski structures that eventually lead us the the “Emigrant Road SLCA” . It was breathtaking. The trees marked with these signs leading us back to the Lake for our final two miles back to our vehicle. I will hike this again. But I will bring a fishing pole.

Great hike overall, steep incline when climbing back up from Fourth of July Lake. Favorite part is Round Top Lake - gorgeous!

Beautiful trail with amazing views

hiking
3 months ago

well marked and beautiful trail. couldn't believe that there were still small patches of snow (none on the trail) and a thin layer of ice on lake round top.

One of my favorite hikes this season. We logged 8 miles.

Great little trail. Be sure that take a picnic lunch and swimsuits!

Beautiful high mountain terrain, pretty easy going. Looping round via the Woods Lake Rec Area results in having to climb 2 miles back up the 89; not recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail already starts at 8500 ft above sea level so you notice the thin air quite fast. The trail is nice with the golden grass and plants this time of the year. Nice views of Round Top in the background all the way to the lake. Once you get back to Woods Lake Campground, the trail was boring back to the parking lot. Maybe this trail is better in the springtime, but not much going on this time of the year.

Loved this one! Really well marked trails and a good mix of terrain and absolutely spectacular views. That being said, the trail up to round top is precarious! It’s hard to see where to go - it curves toward the front so as you’re going up, the lake is at your back. The trail down to 4th of July was hard to see - just as well, it’s a steep trek back up.

4 months ago

easy and pretty for when yoh have littles or in a hurry

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views for a short trail (walk to the E edge of the lake to see Hope Valley) with great options for off trail wandering to the S and SE of lake

Great hike. Stayed at wood lake campground. Host was great. Started from there. Lots of things to see, mine, snow, climbing, water to jump in and view from top was amazing.

excellent hike. if you are looking for a bit easier hike, I suggest you go from woods to winnemucca then Round Top back to to woods.

Great hike. You hike with good view of Caples Lake for almost 2 miles and then head in and the hike is pretty up and down throughout with mostly tree cover and not a lot of unshaded areas. Nice wildflowers and a few streams. Trail pretty easy to follow out and back. Hiked on Labor Day and there were a few hikers up and down but not too busy considering the holiday. Take a lunch and relax once you reach Emigrant Lake or alongside Caples Lake when you get back down.

Easy route to amazing lake with increíble backdrop. Great for all abilities and kids. Heavily trafficked though.

4 months ago

Nice, short, easy trail to small lake with good views. Low water and heavily impacted shoreline made lake a little less scenic. Continue in to Lake Winnemucca if you can. Amazing there.

hiking
4 months ago

Dry and all the snow is avoidable. Great loop hike with views of Round Top nearly the whole way there if you take the eastern (Winnemucca) side first.

Great trail to hike with your dog

Beautiful views and pristine lakes. Fantastic hike.

backpacking
5 months ago

07/27 wild flowers were

hiking
5 months ago

This is the first time I did the loop. Starting at the trailhead to Winnemucca then Round Top back to the trailhead. The wild flowers were starting to wane but still a beautiful hike up. Coming down from Round Top was fine but just not as pretty was the other way.

backpacking
5 months ago

Wildflowers were out of control! Gorgeous hike, started counter clockwise, 4th of July Lake first night. Trail overgrown through Summit City. We added on a few miles to camp second night at Lost Lakes. Stunning granite and more wildflowers as we hiked the 6 miles back to ranger station 3rd day. Don’t forget to get a free camping/fire permit at the ranger station.

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