Very Popular High Sierra Wilderness Lake just off the PCT near Carson Pass.
Lake Winnemucca from Carson Pass via Pacific Crest Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kirkwood, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
A second Popular route is to travel 2.1 miles from Woods Lake up to Lake Winnemucca, this route features great wildflowers in the early summer. And is typically less traveled. Elevation gain is just over 500 feet and features a running creek for the last par tof the trail.
Lake Winnemucca is part of the Mokelumne Wilderness so overnight permits for camping are required, and it is managed by the Carson Pass ranger station which assigns campsites when issuing permits.
Open for hikers and equestrians. Horses must remain on the trail and may not graze in the Carson Pass Management Area. Pets must be leashed. Campfires are prohibited in the Carson Pass Management Area. There is a 12 person group size limit for day users and an 8 person limit to overnight users.
$5 daily pass, $20 annual pass, or federal interagency pass required for parking at Meiss trailhead from May 31 to October 31.
Another alternative loop route is From woods lake traveling up to Round Lake then down to Lake Winnemucca then back to Woods in a loop adventure. This route is best in our opinion later in summer and fall season to avoid snow packs that seem to melt a bit slower on this path.