Carson Emigrant Historic

photo: Photo by Kimberli Fish Type: Backcountry
Length: 15.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Caples Lake Dam parking area.
States: California
Counties: El Dorado
Latitude: 38.63272   Longitude: -120.16727

One trailhead is at the Caples lake dam parking area on Hwy 88,4 miles west of Carson Pass. The trail can be accessed along Hwy 88 at Tragedy Springs, 3 miles west of Silver Lake


This trail follows one of the original emigrant routs across the rugged Sierra Nevada. The trail passes by Hope Valley,Carson Pass covered wagon peak,silver lake and Tragedy Springs. Ruts from the original wagons are still there to see and feel

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Lester Lubetkin
Recreation Officer
El Dorado National Forest
100 Forni Rd.
Placerville , CA 95667
(530) 622-5061



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