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Banner: Latopie Lake with Koenig Lake in background from PCT at North-South Gap on Leavitt Peak

Dicks Lake

Latopie lake is nearest, and Koenig Lake is on left of the frame, taken looking South from where the Pacific Crest Trail passes through the North-South gap on the Leavitt Massif Lake Aloha
Dicks, and Fontanillis Lakes from Dicks Pass

The Big View: Carson Pass to Bensen Lake Backpacking Map

The Northern High Sierras along the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails

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Aloha Lake under Pyramid Peak from Dicks Pass
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Continuing South: Bensen Lake to Virginia Canyon

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The Big Picture: The Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails from the Carson Gap to Bensen Lake

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High Sierra Map  between Carson Pass and Bensen Lake.



Main Features: This map covers the majority of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails from the Carson Gap to Bensen Lake in the Yosemite Backcountry. The Carson Gap marks the Southbound backpacker's exit from the Lake Tahoe Basin.

At the Carson Gap, pictured at the top of the map above, the Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail part company. These trails again intersect at Jack Main Canyon, below their respective entries into Yosemite. The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail departs the Emigrant Wilderness Bond Pass.

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Mapping Information


Mileages and Elevations

Trail head to road/trail junction (the first red dot): 1.35 miles

Road/trail junction to end of map: 3.04

Total Trail Mileage: 4.39






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Map Name: Walker Lake, Nevada, Calif, 1957, 1x2 degree Topographic

Map Name: Sacramento, Calif, 1957, 1x2 degree Topographic

Compass Offset: Not Stated on Map


scale: 1:250 000

Contours: 200 feet


Backpacking permitting authority: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

National Forest: LTBMU

Wilderness Area: Desolation Wilderness
Physical location: Meeks Bay Trailhead and Highway 89

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Elevations   More Information

Lake Tahoe: 6226 feet

Meeks Bay Trail head: 6239 feet

elevation rise: 400 meters, or 1312 feet

Trail Guide, Section: Meeks Bay to The Carson Gap

Trail Guide, Segment: Meeks Bay Trail head

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Map Credit

U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior: The USGS


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