Round Top Lake
1.42 miles South to Winnemucca Lake junction.
.88 from Winnemucca Lake West to Round Top Lake.
2.30 miles total, footbridge to Round Top Lake.
Carson Gap South to Woods Lake
Deferring the hike Southeast to Carson Pass along the route of the Pacific Crest Trail while hiking out of the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap, we instead pointed ourselves Southwest towards Woods Lake, which we are now approaching.
Turning Southwest out of the Carson Gap closed down our potential route to Round Top Lake and the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route through Carson Pass and then past Winnemucca Lake, but hiking towards Woods Lake opened up two shorter and possibly more scenic routes up to Round Top Lake
Hiking almost down to the South end of the paved road to Woods Lake we can see both of these potential routes when we can see the footbridge off to our Left, to our East over Woods Creek, and the American Flag of the Woods Lake Car Campground host off to our Right, the West.
The footbridge and the flag, at least when the seasonal camp host who hoists the flag is living there, represent our two trail options up to Round Top Lake: 2.30 miles bending a big "C" shape via the footbridge route up to our Southeast and then to the West via Winnemucca Lake to Round Top Lake, or taking the more direct but steeper 1.61 mile route up to Round Top Lake via the Lost Mine Trail to the Southwest, by getting on the Lost Cabin Mine Trail through the car campground. The image below lays out the differences between these two routes around Woods Lake to Round Top Lake.
On the page below we've decided to take the footbridge route up to Winnemucca Lake. At Winnemucca Lake we intersect with the trail running Northeast to the PCT and on to Carson Pass, and which continues West from Winnemucca Lake to the TYT at Round Top Lake.
We spot the footbridge walking South down the paved road to Woods Lake
We'll turn West from Winnemucca Lake for the short .88 mile hike up to Round Top Lake.
At the Round Top Lake trail junction we'll intersect with the top of the Lost Cabin Mine Trail coming up from the car campground here, as we continue South on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Round Top Lake trail junction towards Fourth of July Lake on our way into Summit City Canyon.
Maps, Miles, and Elevations
Local and Long Distances
I've worked out a nice map and the miles highlighting the three main routes trisecting the Carson Pass Management Area. This information is helpful if we're deciding which route to take transitioning from the PCT/TYT to the TYT across Round Top and The Sisters, if we want to do some short-distance backpacking in a beautiful spot, or just want to day hike or jog around a tremendously beautiful environment.
Long Distance Options
Permits & Wilderness Information
The comments section is a good place to share tips and information about this segment of our route. The Forum and Comments allow the guide to grow with your updates.