Carson Pass to Forestdale Divide

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Sweeping views and bountiful wildflowers will lure strong hikers who don’t mind the ups and downs of this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Forestdale Divide isn’t much of a destination, but the intervening scenery and botany along the trail will satisfy photographers and amateur naturalists alike. By driving a second vehicle on the Forestdale Divide Road from Red Lake and leaving it at the informal trailhead on Forestdale Divide, you could avoid having to backtrack the 5.1 miles to Carson Pass.

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"Sweeping views and bountiful wildflowers will lure strong hikers who don’t mind the ups and downs of this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Forestdale Divide isn’t much of a destination, but the intervening scenery and botany along the trail will satisfy photographers and amateur naturalists alike.

By driving a second vehicle on the Forestdale Divide Road from Red Lake and leaving it at the informal trailhead on Forestdale Divide, you could avoid having to backtrack the 5.1 miles to Carson Pass."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 5.5 hours
Season: Best late-July to mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest at 209-295-4251, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu
Local Maps: ENF, SNF, HTNF A Guide to the Mokelumne Wilderness

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Jun 2018