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Carson Emigrant Historic Trail

photo: Photo by Kimberli Fish

Length: 15.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Caples Lake Dam parking area.
State(s): California
Counties: El Dorado
Longitude: -120.16727
Latitude: 38.63272

Driving Directions

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 routes across the rugged Sierra Nevada's. 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
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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



Covered Wagon Peak taken from Squaw Ridge. Photo by Kimberli Fish.

Covered Wagon Peak taken from Squaw Ridge. Photo by Kimberli Fish.


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