High Route – Carson Iceberg Wilderness

A Carson Iceberg Wilderness Adventure

Trail Review – One of the most under rated trails in the Sierra Nevada, the high Route in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness is beautiful trek up along the ridge above Wolf Creek Basin and the East Carson River.

This hike provides a great elevation gain hike as well as seasonal wildflowers, great vista views in all directions, a high alpine spring and meadow, and possible wildlife sightings of bear, coyote, grouse and more.

Parking is located at the North Side of Wolf Creek basin at the East Fork trailhead location. After a short climb out of the parking area which has horse areas and a bathroom, the trail will fork up the hill to the right. Travel up this route for several miles as your pass vistas, wild flowers a high alpine meadow with a spring, until you reach a section where the trail opens up to the back side and deep views around the wilderness. The trail continues a bit at a pretty flat area until a steep decent down to the East Carson River trail. Total distance at this point is approx. 6.5 miles
At this point turn left and follow the trail along the river back to Wolf Creek Lake and then one final accent back over the ridge to the car. This route is hot and dry for most of the year so carrying a water filter for water refills highly recommended.

In total this loop is over 11 miles with a good amount of elevation change. It will test most hikers.

This route is also a popular horse or Backpackers route into the Carson Iceberg wilderness and provides multiple options for loops and through hike trips to other well know sections of the wilderness.

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