Excellent loop starting from the Carson Pass trailhead on Hwy 88. Went clockwise on good trails with lots of water, greenery and flowers. South a few miles on the PCT, then west on Summit City Canyon trail and back north past 4th of July, Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes. Also took a side trip up 10,381' Round Top peak.
A great challenging hike that goes deep enough into the wilderness to get a real wilderness experience. August is a great time in the Sierras, at least this year, no bugs. The hike is demanding on the return as you come up the 2 mile never ending incline. Saw no one else on this hike. I'll be back for more.
It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
average hiking speed 1.98 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.