Carson Ranger District

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Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is 368,600 acres (149,200 ha) in size. Roughly half of the district is in western Nevada, and half in eastern California.[1]


The Carson Ranger District is approximately 15 miles (24 km) wide and 100 miles (160 km) long. The district headquarters are located in Carson City, Nevada.[1]

The Carson Ranger District's eastern border is just east of Lake Tahoe in Nevada, and the western border is in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California.[1]

Its northern border is northwest of Reno, Nevada and the southern border extends 84 miles (135 km) into the Sierra Nevada just north of the Sonora Pass in California, 25 miles (40 km) north of Yosemite National Park.[1]

Most of the Carson Ranger District is available by a four-hour drive to over 10 million people, including those in several major metropolitan areas.

Wilderness areas[edit]

The Carson Ranger District contains three designated wilderness areas within the Sierra Nevada.[1] They are the:


The Carson Ranger District's climate is varied as is the landscape. It ranges from snowy alpine peaks to the warmer lower valleys covered with the sagebrush of the semi-arid high Great Basin desert.[1]

In the summer temperatures range in the mid to high 90 °F (32 °C) during the day and at night may go down to the mid 50 °F (10 °C). Winter temperatures are usually in the mid 40 °F (4 °C) during the day and the low 20 °F (−7 °C) at night.[1]

Average rain fall in the winter is less than 2 inches (5.1 cm) a month while in the summer it is less than 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) a month. There may be tropical monsoons from Mexico occasionally in the late Summer.[1]

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