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Trip Date:  06/02/2013

: 9.3 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1500'

Group Size: 1
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Round Top from Carson Pass Hike
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Round Top from Carson Pass 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:   Weather in this area can change quickly so be prepared 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.  The trail will climb very gradually, and pass along the side of Lake Winnemucca.  Continue straight, and then you have the option of taking the trail up toward Round Top Lake, or cross-country hiking toward a point on the NW side of Round Top Peak.  From here, climb the scree field staying as close to the saddle between Round Top and the Sisters to the west, and then make your way to the top.  There is some class three climbing necessary as you near the top, but it is manageable with relative ease.

Round Top Mountain from near the trailhead. Round Top Mountain from the TH
Frog Lake and Red Lake Peak in the background. Frog Lake
Elephant Back mountain from the PCT.
Elephant Back
View south from a lookout on the PCT. PCT view south
The Nipple, Jeff Davis and Raymond Peaks from the viewpoint. Closer look toward Raymond Peak
 Lake Winnemucca and Round Top Peak. Lake Winnemucca and Round Top
Summit closeup from near Lake Winnemucca. Summit Closeup
Summit City Canyon from Round Top Peak. Mark headed on up
Blue Lakes and Raymond Peaks view from Round Top. Blue Lakes view
Crystal Range from Round Top Mountain. Crystal Range
Still partially frozen Round Top Lake. Round Top Lake
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike