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Ebbetts Pass to Carson Pass

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Trail

29.0 mile 46.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 4,310' 1,314 m
Descent: -4,446' -1,355 m
High: 9,121' 2,780 m
Low: 7,769' 2,368 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Chris Leonetti

Awesome hike along the PCT that winds through lesser-traveled wilderness.

Chris Leonetti

Features Geological Significance · Lake · Views · Wildflowers

No permits required, no fee parking at Ebbetts Pass, $5 parking at Carson Pass.

Overview

Epic and not crowded section of the PCT worth setting up a shuttle for.

Need to Know

No bathrooms at Ebbetts Pass.

Carson Pass is $5 to park and has water for sale and a bathroom.

Plenty of water to filter along the route.

Last 7ish miles are fully exposed and pretty exhausting if it is sunny!

Description

The trail begins with a pretty epic 8 miles winding through all the craggy/volcanic landscapes before you pop out and are able to see the entire rest of the hike in front of you (looking north to Round Top and Elephant's Back). Save some gas for the last 7 miles, because they are difficult and fully exposed.

Flora & Fauna

INCREDIBLE wildflowers.

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Late April snow nearly buried the sign at the beginning of the trail.
Apr 16, 2018 near South L…, CA
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