Main Features: Murray and Golden Canyons offer excellent entry points North and South of Carson Falls on the East Carson River. Carson Falls is an exceptional feature. See the videos and forum for more information about Carson Falls.
South from Wolf Creek
Coming South past Wolf Creek we encounter a large open meadow space to the Northeast where we get long views of Wolf Creek's path below the Eastern flanks of Highland and Silver Peaks. To the Southeast we can see the gelogical structure sticking up out of the terrain that I call "the Northern sharkfin," which marks the beginning of Murray and Golden Canyons.
Once we enter Murray Canyon we hiking along the edge of Eastern limit of the East Fork of the Carson River's watershed.
Hiking South across the lip of the East-West ridge dividing Murray and Golden Canyons gives us broad views South of Stanislaus Peak backed up in the far South by Sonora Peak. To the East of Sonora Peak we can see the gap where the Pacific Crest Trail exits the headwaters of the East Carson River.
To the Southeast we can see the sheer granites of Eastern side of the valley holding the upper reaches of the East Fork of the Carson River.
Crossing Golden Canon we come to a cross roads in the trail.
To the West, Paradise Valley leads up and over the crestline and down 3.16 miles to Disaster Creek. Heading North, upstream along Disaster Creek Trail brings us first to the trail junction with the trail coming up Arnot Creek, then this unified route intersects with the trail linking Gardner Meadow to Wolf Creek Pass. Heading downstream along Disaster Creek brings you to the Disaster Creek Trailhead at the end of road along the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River.
To the East the trail through Golden Canyon brings you 3.76 miles down to the East Fork of the Carson River just upstream from Carson Falls. Carson Falls is an amazing geological feature.
To the South we have just a couple of more miles before we switchback down to the East Carson River to begin our long ascent up to the East Carson Gap.
This map depicts the Pacific Crest Trail from Wolf Creek across Murray and Golden Canyons.