Carson Pass Scenic Byway: Jackson to Woodfords Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A seventy-five-mile highway that climbs over 8,573-foot Carson Pass in the central Sierra Nevada. The Carson Pass drive ascends the gentle western slope of the Sierra Nevada from Jackson, crosses 8,573-foot Carson Pass on the range crest, and drops steeply through Hope Valley and Carson Canyon to Woodfords near the Nevada border. The drive traverses diverse terrain, including oak-shrouded foothills, dense forests, rocky peaks, and a deep canyon. Marvelous views unfold along the highway, particularly in the upper elevations. The two-lane, paved highway also offers interesting historical sites from an Indian grinding area and Gold Rush towns to the path of John C. Fremont’s ill-fated 1844 expedition and the Emigrant Trail over Carson Pass. Special attractions: Carson Pass, Emigrant Trail, Hope Valley, Silver Lake, Caples Lake, Mokelumne Wilderness Area, Indian Grinding Rocks State Historic Park, scenic views, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, and cross country skiing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."