• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2500 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers

The Sisters offer a great day hike with fun scrambling and beautiful views of the Northern Sierra, Mokelumnee Wilderness, and the Carson River Canyon.

The Sisters offer a great day hike with fun scrambling and beautiful views of the Northern Sierra, Lake Tahoe, the Mokelumnee Wilderness, and the Carson River Canyon.

The trail to The Sisters begins at Woods Lake (38.6855° N, 120.0095° W), at the end of Woods Lake Road off Highway 88, 1.5 miles west of the Carson Pass. Note that Woods Lake Road is not open during the winter.

Take the obvious trail up past Elephant Back towards the saddle between Round Top (on the left) and The Sisters (on the right). Scramble up to the east summit which is roughly 100' taller than its counterpart. The height of the western summit is 10153'.

From the Eastern Summit you can scramble down to the west to Fourth of July Lake, and then back up past Round Top Lake back to the trailhead. Campsights abound.

Pack List

  • Good hiking boots/shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Food
  • If camping, the usual equipment.

Part of the trail is in the Mokelumnee wilderness, and a permit is needed for camping, which can be ordered from any El Dorado National Forest Ranger office, from the Carson Pass Information Station at the trail head in summer or the Amador Ranger Station which is located at 26820 Silver Drive Pioneer, just off of Highway 88, about 3 miles east of Pioneer and is open Monday through Friday. The phone number is (209)295-4251.

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