Off Leash Trails, Tahoe

Frog Lake via Carson Pass Backpacking


For winter backpacking newbies like us, this is a perfect place to learn and test ourself.  Short trip and not to technical.

Frog Lake is part of the 105, 165 acre Mokelumne Wilderness located on Eldorado National Forest, Arnold, CA. Much of the landscape are formed by volcanic ridges and peaks.

Frog lake is a small lake located about a mile from Carson Pass Sno Park trailhead which was named after Kit Carson who led the 1844 Expedition.  The pass was also used as the primary route during the California Gold Rush era.

Trail Information


  • Trailhead is located on Carson Pass Sno Park
  • Starting Elevation: 8, 596 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 8,790 ft
  • Elevation Change: +248 ft / -257 ft
  • Trail Length: 1.8 miles
  • Trails are difficult to find when covered in snow. Just follow the blue trail markers on the trees. ( it is highly recommended to bring a map. )
  • Rest room is located on the Carson Pass Sno Park
  • Dogs are allowed off leash.
  • No dog fee

How to Get Here

If you are coming from Sacramento, CA

  • Take US-50 E
  • Turn Right onto CA-89 S
  • Turn Right onto CA -88 W
  • Carson Pass Sno Park will be on your left side.



Carson Pass Sno Park. Sno Park permit required.


Permits are required for overnight stay. Permits for the Mokelumne Wilderness in general can be obtained from Amador Ranger Station in Pioneer and Carson Pass Information Station.

Amador Ranger District

Rick Hopson, District Ranger
26820 Silver Drive
Pioneer, CA 95666
TTY 209-295-5996
Open: Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm









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