SNOWSHOE--Carson Pass to Round Top Lake (intermediate)

Fresh snow should make conditions primo for a late season high-alpine snowshoe, featuring some serious views.     Should be sweet   :)

NOT A BEGINNER SNOWSHOE....here are some expectations:

1---There will be no NO-SHOWS..... Please cancel if change plans!

2---planning on 6-7 miles round-trip (equivalent to about 10 miles on a dirt trail)  and at LEAST 4.0  hours outside.   At the MINIMUM, should be able to do 5 miles of snowshoeing  (hike is an out and back, so we'll turn around and pick up anyone who can't quite do the whole thing)  Please assess fitness level for this event.

3---Additionally, everyone should have enough warm clothes for cold, changeable weather at 9000 ft.   Do not wish to turn the group around early, before our destination is reached.

4---All vehicles that we carpool in should have chains or all-wheel drive....highway officials LOVE to mandate chain controls even with the slightest snow.

5---PLAN ON DEPARTING BY 8:10 FROM THE PARK N RIDE----call if running late*****

Directions:

--Hwy 50 approximately 76 miles to intersection with Hwy 89 South.  Turn Rt.

--Take Hwy 89 til it ends at the T intersection at Hwy 88.  Turn Rt (west).

--Go approximately 8.5 miles to top of pass, and Carson Pass trail-head parking is on your left (south side of Hwy 88---Elev.  8565) .  If full, must travel an extra 300 yards to larger parking lot on your right and hike up the hill to the trailhead. 

**WE WILL GATHER TOGETHER AT THE TRAIL-HEAD parking lot,  NEXT TO THE RANGER HUT and the outhouse.


WHAT TO BRING:  1-2 liters water,  waterproof pant shell, sunhat, sunscreen and lipbalm, lunch,  warm clothes for layering (more is safer, as you can stick them in daypacks),  warm gloves,  snowcap, waterproof hiking boots or even warmer winter boots  (two produce bags for each foot adds warmth and waterproofing), pain meds, snowshoes.

Optional:   Gaiters, Camera, hiking poles, neck and/or head mask for very cold winds/temps.


Can be reached at 916 [masked] on this day...Alternate phone number is Andy, who is also attending this hike  [masked])

Ciao!


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  • Dave S.

    Fantastic day - scenery, weather, and the people. Thanks Allan for organizing, and Carmen, for all the great photos.

    April 9, 2014

  • Darren

    Carmen, amazing pics! Thanks so much for your artistic eye :)

    April 6, 2014

  • Arthur L. T

    Allan, I did another snow hike at the 5,000 feet elevation in Bassi Falls. I rented skiboots.

    April 6, 2014

  • Christy

    What a fantastic day to be out in the snow! Thank you Allan for selecting such a picture perfect day. I enjoyed every moment!!! Carmen, thank you for capturing all of the memories.

    April 5, 2014

  • Darren

    Thank you so much, Allan! Awesome time. Great meeting such a nice group of people, and thank-you will for the lift!

    April 5, 2014

  • Carmen

    Allan, you did such a good job organizing this hike and I thank you for that. To all the members that attended this hike you all rock! Thank you Sarah for driving and Christy and Dave you guys where such great company to carpool with. See you on the trails.

    April 5, 2014

  • Lijo J.

    It was an awesome hike! Thanks Allan!

    April 5, 2014

  • Rich J

    It was a wonderful day in the snow. Really enjoyed the conditions. Thanks Allan for leading a great hike and keeping the group together.

    April 5, 2014

  • Chowmix

    Awesome hike! Awesome day! Awesome people!

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Arthur L. T

    I hope you can start another snowshoe hike again. I rented some skiboots.

    April 5, 2014

  • Sarah H.

    So, I foolishly signed up for two meetups on the same day! For some reason, I thought this trip was next Saturday ugh..So, I was torn between the snow and the wildflowers and decided to go with the wildflowers (Table Mountain).

    April 5, 2014

  • Carmen

    Hi Allan, I was Macgyver's plus one but now he's not coming. I am attending under his name. See you in Folsom park and ride.

    April 5, 2014

  • Edie

    Yay! Glad a spot opened up. I am hoping to get a ride, as my MINI isn't the ideal vehicle to take up on a snowshoeing trip. See you in the morning!

    April 4, 2014

  • Chowmix

    I think this might need a snow park pass? I cannot print one due to DSL craziness with AT&T. I think they are $5?

    April 4, 2014

    • Chowmix

      Looks like Placerville Polaris opens at 8 am on Saturday and is on the vendor list. Also Kyburz Towing & Minimart may be an option.

      April 4, 2014

  • Hengameh M.

    I also need to carpool.

    April 4, 2014

  • Arthur L. T

    I just cancelled, someone can take my spot. Last June, I was at 8,200 feet high on Mount Judah. It felt cooler up there.

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Chowmix

    Can I bring my snowshoeing-experienced dog? She has done this hike a few times.

    April 4, 2014

  • Darren

    I'm in the same boat as Arthur and Sarah...hopefully we'll have some willing drivers with capable vehicles!

    April 2, 2014

  • Arthur L. T

    I am hoping to get ride. I will help picth in for gas.

    April 2, 2014

  • Sarah

    My friend and I are hoping to get a ride from the meetup location in Folsom??? :) We have $$$ for gas

    April 2, 2014

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