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  • Chains and ropes were used to help the oxen drag wagons up The Devil's Ladder.
  • The trail from Red Lake to the top of Carson Pass was known as "The Devil's Ladder"
  • Grave of The Unknown Pioneer at the top of Carson Pass.

"The Devil's Ladder" History Hike (strenuous)


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 Climb “The Devil’s Ladder” on this difficult historical hike from Red Lake to Carson Pass. You will admire the grit of the 1849 emigrants who carried their children and dragged their wagons up this nearly vertical mountainside. When you reach the top, you can claim that you’ve “seen the elephant”! We will feel the smoothly polished granite where wagon wheels rubbed and hear the voices of the pioneers through emigrant diary readings. Kit Carson and John C. Fremont first crossed the Sierra in this vicinity in 1844. By 1849, the California gold rush was on and 20,000 argonauts made this climb. Your guide, Dianne Jennings, is a favorite of guests at Sorensen's resort who describe her tours as "great!" and "exceptional". This hike includes ½ mile of very steep hiking to 8500' elevation. Not recommended for children under age 10, or persons who are not physically fit.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

$25. Youth age 10-12 half price $12.50.


Meet at Festival Headquarters on Blue Lakes Road. Bring water and a snack. No restroom.

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