Scout Carson Lake Trail

Kirkwood, California

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A lovely, small, near-timberline lake is the goal of this trip, which passes through interesting geologic scenery along the way. An optional 1-mile round-trip detour to the 9408-foot summit of Thunder Mountain offers an expansive 360-degree vista of the Carson Pass region. The route continues with fine views of the surrounding volcanic battlements on the way to Scout Carson Lake.

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"A lovely, small, near-timberline lake is the goal of this trip, which passes through interesting geologic scenery along the way. An optional 1-mile round-trip detour to the 9408-foot summit of Thunder Mountain offers an expansive 360-degree vista of the Carson Pass region. The route continues with fine views of the surrounding volcanic battlements on the way to Scout Carson Lake."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kirkwood
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Early July - Late August
Trailhead Elevation: 7,939 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest, Mokelumne Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Caples Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Scout Carson Lake Trail

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May 2018