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Carson Pass - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Carson Pass, California, USA

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About Carson Pass

Carson Pass is located on the south side of Highway 88 at Carson Pass 60 miles east of Jackson in Alpine County. The historic pass was a point on the Carson Trail during the California Gold Rush and was used for American Civil War shipping to California until the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the Carson Pass summit, which has California Historical Landmark #315 at CA 88 postmile 6.09 where Kit Carson carved his name into a tree.


Attractions Near Carson Pass

Carson Pass Sno-Park
Carson Pass Sno-Park0.22km from Carson Pass

The Carson Pass Sno-Park is located near Caples Lake on the south side of Highway 88. It is popular with hikers throughout most of the year, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Tahoe-Yosemite Trail, and the Emigrant Summit Trail have access points at Carson Pass. Several high-elevation lakes can be accessed from Carson Pass.

Pacific Crest Trail - Meiss Trailhead

Pacific Crest Trail is America’s second longest trail, stretching from Mexico to Canada through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Adventurous hikers looking for a challenge will take the high route through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges and witness some of America’s most scenic and varied terrain—from scorching desserts to snowy mountains—along the way. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.

Meiss Meadow
Meiss Meadow0.44km from Carson Pass

Meiss Meadow is located on the north side of Highway 88 near Carson Pass. Recommended Activities: Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snow play. The Meiss Meadow Sno-Park is located in an area that offers year-round recreational opportunities. Outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildflower viewing in the spring, and fall color viewing in the fall are abundant at Carson Pass.

Red Lake
Red Lake1.32km from Carson Pass

Red Lake is a reservoir in Alpine County and has an elevation of 2,397 metres. It is situated northeast of Carson Pass, and east of Snowshoe Thompson Historical Monument. The vegetation surrounding Red Lake is characteristic of red-fir and lodgepole-fir forest. It is a classic alpine meadow stream complete with undercut banks and spooky wild trout. You'll need to approach with stealth and maintain a low profile to be successful here.

Elephants Back
Elephants Back1.76km from Carson Pass

Elephants Back is a peak in Alpine County and has an elevation of 9580 feet. Elephants Back is situated south of Frog Lake, and south of Carson Pass. it is one of the iconic location where you can have a good trek and also there are so many other adventure opportunities to explore.

Red Lake Peak
Red Lake Peak2.26km from Carson Pass

Red Lake Peak is believed to be the vantage point from which John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss made the first recorded sighting of Lake Tahoe by Europeans. The peak lies just north of the pass and generally northwest of the small lake east of the pass for which the peak is named. Lake Tahoe is visible to the north from the peak.

Where is Carson Pass

Discover More Attractions in Alpine County, Where Carson Pass Is Located

Alpine County
Alpine County
52 attractions

This is the least populous county in California state. There are no incorporated cities in the county.

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