Carson Pass

This is another of the Death Ride passes. The Death Ride route starts climbing on Highway 88 out of Woodfords (elev. 5630) following the Carson Canyon, but consider starting your ride further west in Hope Valley (elev. 7000), as Highway 88 between Woodfords and Hope Valley is steep, has very narrow shoulders, and can get a lot of traffic. The Hope Valley is very scenic, and the climb to Carson Pass (elev. 8573) gets steep towards the top (it’s more gradual than the climb to Ebbetts). There are bathrooms and water at the summit, but bring cash – the water is 50 cents a bottle. From the summit, you can extend your ride by heading further west to Caples Lake and Kirkwood (elev. 7800). Another nice side-loop from the Hope Valley is an out and back on Blue Lakes Road.

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