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Located within the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness area, this moderate difficult trail provides users with the opportunity to experience various terranes..

Poison Flat is a broad, low pass between the Silver King drainage and the East Fork Carson River drainage. Two large meadows occupy the Flat and the trail passes easily along their edges. The easiest access to the Poison Flat trail is from Rodriguez Flat, via the Driveway trail. The east end of the Poison Flat trail starts on the west bank of the Silver King Creek, opposite the Driveway trail terminus. From the creek, the trail climbs short and steep, quickly passing the marked junction with Poison Lake trail to the left. Soon after it enters Poison Flat proper. At the Flat's west end, the trail passes the unique geological feature called the Soda Cone and begins a 900 foot decent into the East Fork drainage. Magnificent views are afforded of the lush Dumonts Meadows filling the bottom of the deep East Fork Canyon. The trail descends on dry, sunny slopes, eventually ending at the East Carson River trail, 1/4 mile north of Soda Springs Guard Station.

Please Remember:

* Always carry drinking water.
* Hike in single file to keep trails narrow and wild.
* Prevent erosion, follow the trail and do NOT cut switchbacks.
* Keep trails clean, pack out ALL paper and trash.
* Protect plants and wildlife.


Directions: From Carson City, Drive south on Highway 395 through Minden and Gardenville to just south of Coleville, California (If you get to Walker you have gone too far). Turn west on the Mill Canyon Road (Pack Station Road) and go up the hill staying to the right at the first intersection. It's about 7 miles to Rodriguez Flat. At Rodriguez Flat turn left at the sign to the trailhead for the Corral Valley and Driveway Trails.This trailhead is a gateway into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and a map is strongly recommended to help you navigate the many trails in this area. Corral Valley Trail and Driveway Trail begin at the same trailhead. At the fork on the saddle, the Driveway trail is to the right, Corral Valley is to the left. Driveway Trail is noted on some maps and not others. The trail itself is signed.Driving time from Carson City is about 11/2 hours.

Elevation: 8,200 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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