Back to index Lake Winnemucca from Carson Pass Hike
Trip Date:  08/19/2013

: 6.3 Miles

Vertical Gain: 700'

Group Size: 6
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Lake Winnemucca Hike Route
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Lake Winnemucca Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 41.697  W 119 59.363     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the parking area at the Carson Pass ranger station on the west side of the road.  Pay the day use fee (summer only) and find the trailhead just to the right side (north) of the ranger station itself.  
Hazards of Note:   Be aware of very changeable weather in this area during any season.  Prepare for various temperatures and rain.

Crowd Factor:   Significant.  This is a very popular summer and winter trail, with many snowshoers during the winter and even more day hikers looking to enjoy the lakes and wildflowers abundant on this hike for most of the summertime.
General Notes:
From the parking area on the road,  head up along the Pacific Crest Trail for a little over a mile.  You will reach a signpost marking the junction where the PCT turns to the left, and you will continue straight along the way toward Lake Winnemucca.  Once you reach the lake, there are many options for rest along the northern and even eastern shore besides where the trail intersects with the lake.

All six of our hiking group for the day. Hiking Group
The girls taking a quick break at Frog Lake. The girls at Frog Lake
More relaxation at Frog Lake along the way. Frog Lake stop
A view of Elephant's Back from the trail. Elephant's Back
Looking down at the Mokulumne Wilderness from a PCT overlook. The hikers looking at Mokulumne from the PCT
Lunch spot at Lake Winnemucca. Winnemucca Lake
Sierra enjoying the view at Lake Winnemucca. Sierra at Winnemucca
Historical marker on the Emigrant Trail. Emigrant historical marker
Rock with signatures from 1849 wagon party (painted for readability.) 1849 graffiti
Unknown pioneer marker. Unknown emigrant marker
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike