Main Features: The roller coaster picks up speed from the Swampy Lake South to the Boulder Lake Trail Junction.
Winding Northeast from the Swampy Lake around the South side of Peak 9501 gives up some nice views of the East Carson River before we turn Southwest to begin winding our way around the Southwest side of Boulder Peak.
On the West side of Boulder Creek we cross Boulder Creek high up its drainage, at the top of its year-round flow. Just South of Boulder Creek there are nice campsites on both sides of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Climbing Southeast around the South side of Boulder Peak brings us through a channel of forest and rock to a fine overlook of the East Carson River in its granite gorge. Continuing South we continue to climb the last ridge arm separating us from the Boulder Lake Trail Junction.
The trail from the Tahoe to Yosemite trail along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River through Boulder Creek is the shortest connector of the 4 that tie these two trails together as they cross the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
Below us to the East the East Fork of the Carson River sits at the bottom of its great granite-faced gorge. The unmaintained trail route along the East Carson River will join with the Pacific Crest Trail in a few miles. We will take a break at this junction after we hike down the switchbacks off the crestline to river level.
This sloppy article describes entering the East Carson River and its unmaintained trail from the East.
This map depicts the Pacific Crest Trail from the Swampy Lake around Boulder Peak and Creek to the Boulder Lake Trail Junction.