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Category: Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Carson Iceberg Wilderness

A Exquisite Untamed Stretch of the Sierra- Spanning the Sierra Crest, the Carson-Iceberg encompasses the beauty of both its eastern and western slopes.

Designated wilderness in 1984 and managed today by both the Toiyabe and Stanislaus National Forests, the Carson-Iceberg includes both eastern and western slopes of the Sierra in its 161,181 acres. Though it lacks modern-day glaciers, the effect of glaciation is clear on its “Iceberg” namesake, a distinctive rock formation near Clark Fork Road on the wilderness’s southern boundary. The area is also characterized by a geologic anomaly – a series of volcanic peaks and ridges known as the Dardenelles.

Climbing from 5,000 feet at Donnell Reservoir to the 11,400 foot Sonora Peak, the Carson-Iceberg contains comparatively few lakes but many deep river canyons lush with riparian vegetation. With almost a third of the precipitation of the wetter western slope, eastern plant life of pinon and juniper subsists on 15 inches of water a year with most of that falling as snow. Watersheds feed the Stanislaus River on the western side and the Carson River on the east, sustaining both the threatened Lahontan and sensitive Paiute trout species.

Sonora Pass and Ebbett’s Pass Open For Summer Season

Expect lots of snow, but access over two of the Sierra Popular Scenic Routes opened today for recreational travel. TUOLUMNE COUNTY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has removed the winter snow, cleared the debris, made necessary repairs and opened State Route 108 (SR-108)/Sonora Pass at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Sonora Pass rises to 9,623 feet, making it the second highest pass in the Sierra. Even with low volumes of snow, Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass require closure during the winter season. Sonora Pass has grades in excess of 20% and Ebbetts Pass had grades...

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Seasonal Snow May Delay Opening Of Stanislaus National forest Access

Some seasonal roads on Stanislaus National Forest may remain closed past April 15 SONORA, Calif. – Stanislaus National Forest will open seasonal roads beginning April 15, but some forest roads will remain closed until forest crews can inspect them to ensure they were not damaged during this year’s winter storms. Jason Kuiken, Stanislaus National Forest supervisor, said workers haven’t been able to inspect all the forest roads yet because many are still covered with snow. A series of heavy storms during the 2018-2019 winter led to significant snow levels on all ranger districts. “We received a significant amount of snow this winter...

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23 Great High Sierra Hikes

23 Great High Sierra Trail Hikes Throughout the Sierra Sierra Trails, picturesque, challenging, and often unseen be the millions of visitors to the Sierra each year. The High Sierra Lakes and Trails are what dreams are made of if your like hiking in the back-country or discovering some of the most beautiful natural pools of water on the earth. Some of these trails are limited access as you need a permit to travel through and stay overnight in many of these areas, however others the only limitation is time and effort. Thanks to great resources found at highseirratrails.com here...

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15′ in review – 16 Great Adventure Trips into the Sierra

Our Top Adventure Locations Visited in the Sierra in 2015 Sierra Mountains 2015 –  What a great year of exploring in the Sierra. The Low 2015 snow pack gave us access to greater areas earlier and Sierra REC had a blast exploring new areas and sharing our adventures.  As we sit and look into 2016 and the various places we look forward to seeing for the first time, here is an end of the year review of the top 16 places we explored in 2015! 1) Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Rim Trail   2) Grovers Hot Springs in...

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Best Places to Hike the PCT in Central Sierra Mountains

PCT Segment Hikes near Lake Tahoe Exploring the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) is bound to become even more popular as the general public falls in love with the ideas and scenes in the New movie ” Wild”. For many who call Sierra’s home the PCT trail is still something of a myth/ legend. So close to some of the best wilderness hiking in the world and yet because many carry the illusion that if you’re going on the PCT, you must be an avid backpacker or just a little bit more wild than most. We often stay away from...

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Paiute Cutthroat Trout Reintroduced to Native Habitat in High Sierra Wilderness

Carson Iceberg Wilderness Once Again Home to Native Paiute Cutthroat Trout Sierra Rec Magazine -Alpine County Ca- September 2019 – California’s native Paiute cutthroat trout, the rarest trout in North America, swims once again in its high Sierra home waters for the first time in more than 100 years. California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham and representatives from the USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Golden Gate Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Little Antelope Pack Station joined biologists to release 30 Paiute cutthroat trout of...

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY HWY 4 EBBETTS PASS

FULL HIGHWAY CLOSURE STATE ROUTE 4 FROM THE EAST END OF LAKE ALPINE TO RAYMOND MEADOWS CREEK ALPINE COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close State Route 4 beginning Tuesday, September 24, 2019, to Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day for road work. The full closure will be in effect over Ebbetts Pass from the east end of Lake Alpine (gate #2) to Raymond Meadows Creek (closure gate #3- just east of the Silver Creek Campground). Lake Alpine is open and accessible. There is no local detour available. Motorists should...

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Institute Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect August 5, 2019

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 1, 2019– Due to decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to late season rains in the Kaweah River drainage, along with current moderate-high fire danger and entering into the hottest part of the year, fire danger is even more of a concern. Therefore, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be effective at noon on August 5, 2019.  “Hotter temperatures have cured annual grasses at lower elevations creating a greater risk for wildfire in our foothill areas,” said Ned Kelleher, Chief Ranger for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “In...

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Lassen Volcanic Announces Special Events Through September

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering numerous special events this summer season. The season concludes with free entrance in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28.“Events like the Dark Sky Festival and Discover Lassen provide opportunities for visitors to learn something new or expand their appreciation of the park,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “Thanks to support from our partners and volunteers, these events offer a wide-variety of opportunities throughout the park.” Lassen Peak, a 10,462 foot (3,189 meter) volcano, is reflected in the Paradise Meadow in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. Lassen Peak is the southernmost...

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Death Ride Set Take Over Alpine County This Weekend

Alpine County CA – Just as the summer heat finally breaks through our long winter the single hardest cycling event in the Sierra The Death Ride invades the quiet spaces of Alpine County, Markleville and the various scenic byways known as the California Alps Saturday July 13, 2019. An annual tradition for hundreds of riders, the Death Ride has long been known for its challenging 15,000 feet of vertical climbing. Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Tour of the California Alps –...

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