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Carson Iceberg Wilderness

This area straddles the sierra crest and with numerous peaks over 12,000 peak this is a premier destination for mountaineering and backpacking. The Pacific Crest Trails runs the length of this area at 26 miles. As the headwaters of the East Fork of the Carson, Mokelumne River and Clark Fork of the Stanislaus this wilderness area offers a pristine watershed. With waterfalls, wildflowers and tribuatries the Carson Iceberg Wilderness is yet another gem to check out in the summer months.

Stats:

  • Est. 1984
  • 161,181 Acres
  • Volcanic ridges and peaks
  • 11,462 is the highest point at Sonora peak

How to Get Here:

The Carson-Iceberg lies between Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass) to the south and Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass) to the north

What to Do:

Camping, Hiking, backpacking and travel by horseback.

Contact: Kennedy Meadows Resort for guiding services
P.O. Box 4010
Sonora, Ca. 95370
209-965-3900/965-3911 (summer)
209-965-3900 (winter)

Permits:

The western half of the Carson-Iceberg is managed by the Stanislaus National Forest, while the eastern half is managed by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Timing:

Snow packs typically linger into June or later. Summers are generally dry and mild, but afternoon thundershowers occur periodically and nighttime temperatures may dip below freezing anytime.

Local Tip:

Be prepared for the temperature change. Pack appropriately if overnight camping or multi day trekking. Rain and summer snowfall are not out of the ordinary.

Resources:

http://easternsierratransitauthority.com/wb/ – great site for transportation within the Sierras

http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/carson-iceberg.

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