Lake Winnemucca from Carson Pass via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
#20 of 78 trails in

Lake Winnemucca from Carson Pass via Pacific Crest Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
718 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Excellent moderate hike at Sierra crest southwest of Lake Tahoe Only the fiercest blizzards close Carson Pass, which crosses the Sierra Nevada crest about 30 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. The trailhead is next to a parking lot on California Highway 88, which means you can drive up, park and start hiking, snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing within minutes. Lake Winnmucca offers a beautiful introduction to high-country hiking: it's a little over 2 miles south of the Carson Pass trailhead with about 600 feet of elevation gain. Count on about five miles of hiking, and give yourself extra time if you're coming up from sea level: Starting out at 8,500 feet will be a shock to your system; don't expect to maintain your lowland pace. Veteran hikers and skiers often move on to Round Top, a jagged peak rising behind the lake, but rookies should stick to this easier alternative. Weekdays with clear weather forecasts are the best time to go; it can get crowded on the weekends and parking can be scarce, even in the depths of winter. In early July you're apt to meet Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers on their way from Mexico to Canada.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing views. Well manicured trail. Take the Frog Lake detour for a great Vista of Red Lake then circle back to the trail to continue on to Lake Winnemucca.

There's a parking lot with a cash box. Bring $5 with you. Bathrooms also located at the parking lot.

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16 days ago

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16 days ago

1 month ago

The wildflowers were exceptional this year!

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1 month ago

Good quite, hike during the week. Disappointed I missed the wild flowers but still beautiful.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The wild flowers are amazing
Best to hike around the first two weeks of august

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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Took our baby and our snowboards and did some snowboarding in August!!! Easy enough to make with a heavy front and backpack!!!

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail and beautiful views. Much easier than "moderate" once you've become acclimated to the elevation. Wildflowers were in full bloom with patches of snow still around. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Way too crowded for my likings. Dogs need to be on a leash throughout but I let mine off at intervals and at the lakes to swim.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail! Hiked up and around frog lake and took a dip in the cool water. Greenery and wildflowers abound. Saw a buck and several birds. Would probably rate it easy instead of moderate. Will definitely do again!