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Charles P
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Locale: Terra
Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 01/29/2013 18:47:29 MST Print View

Hi. I'm wondering if anybody might have a recommendation for a fun snowshoe near Carson Pass/ Kirkwood in CA. I'll be with my two young kids so it can't be too long or rigorous. Last week we poked around Caples lake a little bit, which was fun, but we were still near the road. I see cars parked near Silver Lake all the time, so maybe that's an option. Many thanks if anybody has any insight on a short, yet beautiful, get-away-from-the-noise walk.

Oh, and if you can also end this warm Sierra weather and bring on some more storms that would be great too.

Thx!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 01/29/2013 19:22:12 MST Print View

I don't cover that area with snowshoes, but rather with cross country skis. If you drive up to Carson Pass proper, there are two Sno-Park lots, so have a permit. If you go north, you will get up around Showers Lake where you can see Lake Tahoe in the distance. But there is scenery even if you make it only halfway. Instead, if you go south, you will be heading toward Round Top Mountain. Lake Winnemucca is at its base. I see more snowshoe tracks going to the south rather than to the north.

If you need something easier, then drive on through Carson Pass and down to the Red Lake turnoff. There, the Blue Lakes Jeep Road heads south. If you follow it about 2.5-3.0 miles, you will get to some scenery. Again, many people turn around halfway.

--B.G.--

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Thanks on 02/01/2013 09:11:04 MST Print View

Thanks Bob, good suggestions. Red Lake might be a decent option for us. We might just settle for a little walk down to Woods Lake -- my daughter's 5 year old legs can only 'shoe so far.

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 02/03/2013 01:44:29 MST Print View

Consider going up the old Carson Pass Rd on the south side of Red Lake. It's a nice easy grade, offers expansive views, and will be downhill all the way back to the car, assuming you start at the lake.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 02/03/2013 13:15:42 MST Print View

"Consider going up the old Carson Pass Rd on the south side of Red Lake."

The old road is the original wagon road from the 1850's. That was one of the best routes from the Nevada side entering California. Read up on the history, and then go travel the route.

The highway is the new route that was put in much later.

--B.G.--

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Re: Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 02/04/2013 22:24:13 MST Print View

Nice, thanks Bill. My kids so far really seem to enjoy our little snowshoe adventures so it seems safe to say that there will be another (we just bombed around Hope Valley area this time). We'll definitely check out your suggestion in an upcoming weekend.

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 02/06/2013 10:24:25 MST Print View

For history buffs, another interesting destination near Carson Pass is the site of a Fremont party campsite nearby. That makes a nice loop trip starting at the pass, going cross country from the PCT, and returning via the old roadway. It used to be you could find the location on the web; somebody had a whole page devoted to it.

Probably too tough for the kids, though, and they aren't likely to appreciate the history so much at 5.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Family Snowshoe Recs - Carson Pass (CA) on 02/06/2013 12:53:15 MST Print View

"Probably too tough for the kids, though, and they aren't likely to appreciate the history so much at 5."

Explain to the kids that it was Kit Carson, the famous frontier scout.

--B.G.--