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Wolf Creek Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.9 mi Elevation gain 2,483 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Lake

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Snow

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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Temporarily closed due to mudslides. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/htnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=65644&actid=104 Directions from Markleeville: Drive south on Highway 4 to the Centerville Flat, then next left on Wolf Creek Road to the Wolf Creek Meadows. At the south end of the meadows is the trailhead for Wolf Creek Trail. At the trailhead you will be able to self-register for overnight use of the wilderness.Driving time from Carson City is usually under an hour.

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Cheryl Lloyd
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BackpackingMuddy

Completed loop starting from E. Carson River TH to Murray Canyon and back up to Wolf Creek 5/29 thru 5/31/20. Camped at junction of Elder Creek and Wolf Creek (river crossings). River crossings on E. Carson deep and fast but doable. River crossings at Wolf Creek and Bull Creek shin deep. Trail in good shape. Not much camping at Elder Creek and wolf Creek junction. Murray canyon going east to west out of Carson River is a tough climb, but beautiful at the top. Trails in good shape. This is a great loop to do in spring.

Rick Hoelzer
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Hiking

Road is now open to trailheads. Trails are lower elevation mostly tree hikes with some good views. The map shown here for Wolf Creek trail is not accurate. The trailhead is at the end of Wolf Creek Rd. Follow the road signs.

Steven Kieffer
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Hiking

Closed due to mudslides

Ellen Page
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Horseback riding

Gorgeous trail, follows the creek to waterfall

Wendy Hesse
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Hiking
First to Review

Wolf Creek Trail shares a section of the Pacific Crest Trail without the side trip up Sonora Peak. The trail head is at Sonora Pass. If you turn around at Wolf Creek Lake, you'll go around 10 miles RT on this out-and-back hike. Wolf Creek crosses Highway 108 near the Leavitt Meadows Campground, on the east side of Sonora Pass. This is a beautiful hike at high elevation, over 9,000 feet. In mid-May, we had to cross a few patches of snow, but 99.9% of the trail was clear. Only my partner, Sheri, and me, and our two dogs. It was FANTASTIC!

Ellen Page
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Horseback riding
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