Markleeville Fall Colors

There are two river hikes from Alpine County airport in Markleeville – a hard hike to the hot springs along the river and a much shorter one.  I’ve done the hot springs hike and it is a very tough cross country five mile hike.  But I had never done the more straightforward hike down to the river.

It is far easier than I thought.  I had heard there was a “fishermen’s trail” to the river which I equated to something like a game trail but there is a nice trail with a parking area and sign-in log for fishermen who use the trail.  To get to the trail, head south out off the pilot’s campground and down a four-wheel drive road to the parking area.  There I met some fishermen getting ready for the hike in and they asked if I came in the red jeep, the only other vehicle in the area.  I said no, I came in a tan Cessna and they thought that was hilarious, which was nice because I wasn’t even trying to be funny.  They asked if I could do a beer drop for them later in the day.  The trail starts at the parking area and ends at a campsite with fire pit at the river.  It can’t be more than a mile and a half total, maybe less.

The fall colors were nice, a few fishermen were out and a group of friendly pilots where camping at the airport.  A nice day out.

East Fork Carson River
East Fork Carson River
A leaf
A leaf
Red goes to the river, yellow to the hot springs (bring a GPS, its a long way)
Red goes to the river (easy), yellow to the hot springs (bring a GPS, its a long way)


1 thought on “Markleeville Fall Colors

  1. I flew in there a while back. Beautiful area – and fall would be the time to see it! Next time I will try to make time to camp, or at least hike down to the river.

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