Click the Map Above for a detailed Carson Pass Hiking Map
Note that the RED DOTS on our topo maps, including the one above, link to the related trail guide pages. The little topo map above is linked to its full-sized version.
All of the 30 minute large-scale map's Black Dotted routes are linked to highly detailed 15 minute maps of that area.
Just feet below the South side of the Carson Gap is the first of 3 trail options over the next 3 miles where we can veer off the PCT onto the Southbound TYT.
North of Carson Gap the PCT and TYT have been unified since Middle Velma Lake. South of our exit from the Tahoe Basin they follow very different routes.
Pacific Crest Trail hikers aim for Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 through Carson Pass by hiking along the Sierra Crest and its Eastern flank.
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpackers hike over Round Top and down into a couple of the great canyons of the Western Flank of the Sierra to reach Lake Alpine on Highway 4.
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail plunges far down the Western Flank of the Sierra before it climbs through Saint Marys Pass around a mile West of Sonora Pass.
Two segments of unmaintained trail between Carson Gap and Saint Marys Pass make the TYT very interesting and challenging.
A review of the maps of both of these routes reveals the tremendous difference in terrain and trail between these two very different routes.
The links to guide pages from the maps brings us to images, videos, and text carefully describing both of these trails, so we can decide which is better suited for our skills, capacities, and expectations.
2 Route Option Discussions
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Info I
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Info II
Carson Pass Region Topo Hiking Map