[Photo] Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

The Carson River, named after scout and explorer Kit Carson, and the distinctive granite formation called "The Iceberg," on its southern boundary, give the wilderness its name. The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is a rugged landscape of inspiring scenic beauty. Visitors will find steep mountain peaks, sub-alpine lakes, and broad glacially carved valleys. High points allow one to view vast desert to the east and dense conifer forest to the west. Travelers can follow the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) from Sonora Pass to Ebbetts Pass through the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. The PCT is 2,650 miles long and stretches from the Canadian to the Mexican borders.


The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is located south of Markleeville, California. Access is from California Highway 4 at Wolf Creek Road and Ebbetts Pass, California highway 108 at Sonora Pass, and Mill Canyon Road to Golden Gate Road off U.S. Highway 395 south of Coleville, California.

Maps and trail information are available at the local Ranger Station.

Nearest Towns:

  • Carson, NV

  • Bridgeport, CA

  • Markleeville, CA

  • Walker, CA

  • Coleville, CA

Special Instructions

Maximum Group: 15 people and 25 head of stock

Permits: Permits are required for Wilderness-visitor’s from May to October.

  • Wilderness Use Permits: On the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest permits are available at Carson Ranger District trailheads, Carson Ranger Station, the Markleeville Chamber of Commerce/Forest Service Visitor’s Center in Markleeville, CA and on the Pass and Permits page.

  • Campfire Permits: Required for all open fires (including camp stoves). This campfire permit DOES NOT authorize use of fire when fire restrictions are in effect.


Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Carson Ranger District
1536 Carson Street
Carson City, Nv. 89701-5291
(775) 882-2766

Stanislaus National Forest
Calaveras Ranger District
P.O. Box 500
Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
(209) 795-1381
FAX (209) 795-6849
TDD (209) 795-2854

Summit Ranger District
#1 Pinecrest Lake Road
Pinecrest, CA 95364
(209) 965-3434
FAX (209) 965-3372
TDD (209) 965-0488