Carson Pass, South Lake Tahoe

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Carson Pass is a mountain pass on the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, in the Eldorado National Forest and Alpine County, eastern California.

The pass is traversed by California State Route 88. It lies on the Great Basin Divide, with the West Fork Carson River on the east and the South Fork American River on the west.

The historic pass was a point on the Carson Trail during the California Gold Rush and was used for American Civil War shipping to California until the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the Carson Pass summit, which has California Historical Landmark #315 at CA 88 postmile 6.09 where Kit Carson carved his name into a tree.
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  • Beautiful area. extremely helpful staff. I accidentally left my cell phone on an outdoor table and one of the volunteers (Allison) found it and secured it safely until I returned. Thank you Allison... 
    Beautiful area. extremely helpful staff. I accidentally left my cell phone on an outdoor table and one of the volunteers (Allison) found it and secured it safely until I returned. Thank you Allison...  more »
  • We drove over Carson Pass on our way back from Nevada to our home. This is a gorgeous drive during the Fall. We enjoyed the tree colors. Caples Lake was still full although late in the season... 
    We drove over Carson Pass on our way back from Nevada to our home. This is a gorgeous drive during the Fall. We enjoyed the tree colors. Caples Lake was still full although late in the season...  more »

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