Carson Pass stands on its own as a fine trailhead for long trips either North or South, as well as a mess of beautiful local loops. Check out this information about the Carson Pass Management Area.
Backpackers hiking on the long trails South from the Carson Pass have the option of taking either the Pacific Crest or Tahoe to Yosemite trail down their very very different routes to where they rejoin in Yosemite National Park at the top of Jack Main Canyon.
The Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails merge again on the South Side of Bond Pass in Jack Main Canyon.
Lower down Falls Creek in Jack Main Canyon the PCT-TY routes split again for a short distance where the Tahoe to Yosemite trail loops around Tilden Lake while the PCT follows its route around Wilmer Lake. The TYT and PCT routes finally merge again between Bailey and Macomb ridges, and run together the rest of the way South to Tuolumne Meadows.
Backpackers heading North into Carson Pass on either the Tahoe to Yosemite or Pacific Crest Trail will find both trails merging back together again a bit North of Carson Pass, at the Carson Gap. At Meiss Meadow the Tahoe Rim Trail joins in, and these three trails share the same trail bed for the length of the Meiss Roadless Area and most of the Desolation Wilderness, only parting company a bit North of Middle Velma Lake in Desolation Wilderness, where the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail turns for an 11.5 mile hike East to its Meeks Bay Trailhead.
At the North end of the Tahoe Basin Pacific Crest Trail hikers will continue North past Meeks Bay towards the Canadian Border. Tahoe Rim backpackers will bend East around the North shore of Lake Tahoe.
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