Carson Pass to Round Top Lake, optional hike to the top of Round Top peak

This hike will take us on the trail to the the iconic views of Round Top and then on to Winemucca and Round Top Lakes. There will be plenty of opportunity to stop and take home your own photos of this beautiful scenery. This is a fantastic place for wildflowers, however we will be a little late in the season to see them at their best.  Round Top Lake is an excellent place to chill and have lunch (and a swim?).  For those who feel more adventurous we will hike the trail to Round Top mountain where you will climb an additional 1,000 feet in only 0.8 of a mile. You will be rewarded for your efforts by fabulous views in all directions, from the High Sierra peaks to the Mokelumne Wilderness. 

If you sign up, please send me an email confirming that you are going to go. No shows are not appreciated! Please keep your RSVPs up to date so others may go if you can't.  If you can't go please un-RSVP by 12:00 the day before so those on the waiting list have time to respond.  The limit in the wilderness here is 12, so if enough people sign up we'll have to break up in to a couple of groups.

Length: Approximately 4.5 miles round trip 6.5 if we go to Round Top Peak. (5-6 hours hiking time)

Elevation Gain: Almost 1,100 feet starting at 8,232 feet elevation of Woods Lake to 9,347 at the Round Top Lake, and optional additional 1,000 feet to the Round Top Peak (10,381 feet).

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING (Copied and pasted from from Allan Wiesman's meetups...): Cotton not recommended. 3 liters water, (I will have purification), light rain shell or fleece jacket for warmth in case of thunderstorms, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent.  There will be mosquitoes.

Directions from Iron Point Park & Ride (Folsom)

1. Go east on U.S. 50 to Sly Park Road (2nd Pollock Pines exit) (Approx 35.0 miles.)

2. Make a right to go southbound on Sly Park Road. (Approx. 4.6 miles)

4. Turn left (eastbound) on Mormon Emigrant Trail (a hard to find turn with only a small green street sign, but there is a country store called "Slypark Resort" on the right just before the turn. (Note: If you miss this critical left turn "you're toast" because you'll be lost forever!!!)

4. After successfully turning onto Mormon Emigrant Trail, go eastbound for approximately 35 miles until hitting Hwy 88. (Approx. 24.6 miles.)

5. Turn Left (eastbound) on Hwy 88. Go Past Kirkwood. Caples Lake Dam is at approx 12.6 miles. Go past the Caples Lake Dam which is at approximately 12.6. Take the Woods Lake Campground exit (Approx 3.2 miles east of Caples Lake Dam and 1.7 miles west of Carson Pass) If you have gone to Carson Pass at the top of the grade you have gone too far. Follow the paved road approx 1.5 miles to the campground, then turn to your right just before the campground and park in the day-use parking area. There is a parking fee. Can’t recall if it’s $5.00 or $10.00 so plan accordingly.

The trail head is labeled for Winnemucca Lake and begins by a wooden bridge spanning Woods Creek.

And here is a copy & paste off of Google Maps;

McDonald's170 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA 956301. Head northwest on Iron Point Rd towardFolsom Blvd0.1 mi2. Turn left onto Folsom Blvd0.5 mi3. Merge onto US-50 E/U.S. Route 50 in California via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe37.1 mi4. Take the Sly Park Rd exit0.2 mi5. Turn right onto Co Rd E16/Sly Park Rd4.6 mi6. Turn left onto Mormon Emigrant Trail/Silver Lake RdContinue to follow Mormon Emigrant TrailThis road may be seasonally closed24.6 mi7. Turn left onto CA-88 E/Carson Pass Hwy15.5 mi8. Turn right onto Woods Lake Rd0.8 mi9. Take the 1st right to stay on Woods Lake Rd0.5 mi10. Slight right onto Pack TrailDestination will be on the left387 ftWoods Lake Campground AlpineCA


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  • Eric T

    Drew, again...thanks. What a fun day, what a GREAT group and you are so right "this is my church" :)

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • Andrew

      ...plate tectonics. (Inside joke people)

      1 · August 5, 2013

  • John L.

    Good exercise. I really appreciated Andrew's efforts in keeping the group together, particularly the rear guard.

    August 5, 2013

  • amanda

    I really enjoyed the hike. It was beautiful and you are a friendly group. Thanks for welcoming me!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Anneli

    Great day with a great group of people. Beautiful meadows and magnificent views. Most of us made it to the top and all had fun. Round Top is my all time favorite, Thanks Andrew for posting.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Claudia

    Does anybody want to carpool from the Sacramento 11th & P P&R?

    August 3, 2013

    • Robyn S.

      I'll be riding my bike.

      August 3, 2013

    • diane

      I'll join you two for the carpool at 11+P at 6:30am. I can drive to Folsom but not to trailhead. White Camry.

      August 4, 2013

  • Joni

    Sorry, can't make it.

    August 3, 2013

  • Cristina

    Just did this hike today with two dogs. It is $5 parking fee. Great wildflowers, Lake Winnemucca has several nice lunch spots but not for a big group if you all want to sit together. I arrived at 10 am and took one of two parking spots left (in parking lot nearest to trailhead, It looks like there is overflow parking a little bit of a walk from the main parking lot. Very popular hike, lot of people today.

    August 3, 2013

  • Brandy

    Hi, I'd really like to attend this hike. Just want to confirm plans before i sign up. Also would like to bring guest. Will check back later today. Thanks.

    August 3, 2013

  • jutta k.

    so sorry I am going to miss this .Thank you for fitting me in but only last night something came up . Have fun.

    August 3, 2013

  • Dale P.

    Sorry can't make this one - big interview on Monday and lots to study!

    August 3, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Hey Andrew, 7am?

    August 2, 2013

    • Andrew

      Yes, I think it's a better idea seeing as it's a couple of hours to the trail head, and parking is pretty limited there.

      August 2, 2013

  • Robyn S.

    Will. Would you like to see if anyone would like to carpool from Target?

    August 2, 2013

    • Will L

      I'm currently planning on not going straight home from Folsom. I see a midtown resident is going & there may be others.

      August 2, 2013

  • Barbara

    This sounds like fun. Sorry to miss it but I need to go to San Mateo unexpectedly.

    August 2, 2013

  • Victoria J.

    Apologies for having to renege; unforeseen and all that. Have fun without me!

    August 2, 2013

  • EB

    What time do you expect to be at the trailhead? I will be in So. Lake Tahoe and was thinking about joining you.

    August 1, 2013

    • Andrew

      Hello EB. I'm going to guess that we'll probably be there around 10:30. It's about a 2 hour drive from Folsom for us. So we'll see you there!

      August 2, 2013

  • michele

    Will have to miss thiis one--have to work this Sunday.

    August 2, 2013

  • amanda

    Hi! This will be my first hike with your group. I live near Hwy 88 and would like to meet you at the trailhead. If that works for you, what time should I be at the day-use area or the wooden bridge (which do you prefer?)?

    August 1, 2013

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