The Luther Pass Trail is described (along with the Johnson Cutoff) in a Trails West guidebook which may be available for purchase in the CTIC gift shop or you can purchase it directly from Trails West on their website.
LEAVING THE CARSON TRAIL
"We crossed Carson River, for here we leave the Carson Route and take what is called the Johnson Route or 'Johnson's Cut-off to Hangtown'." - J. Robert Brown, September 25, 1856
This post also has Marker CR-40 (Carson River Route). Use the button below to navigate to that route.
"Then up hill [from Hope Valley] and away, steep and rugged and we at last gain the first summit of the Nevada Mountains [at Luther Pass] and down t'other side more rugged than ever" - John McTurk Gibson, September 3, 1859
Gibson's journal can be viewed at https://wjh.us/journal/intro.htm.
CAME TO GRASS LAKE
"Passed over the summit of the first range and came to [Grass] lake situated nearly on the summit of the mountain ... we began our descent down the mountain over as rough a road as we came up, into Lake Valley" - Lumin A Scott, September 8, 1859
ENTER LAKE VALLEY
"After passing over this summit [Luther Pass] we enter Lake Valley [Lake Tahoe Basin]. Here we are camped, grass scarce. We had the roughest road down the mountain I ever saw." - John W. Powell, September 3, 1859
PREPARED FOR THE ASCENT
"We are now prepared for the ascent of the mountain. We put all of the oxen to one wagon, and started ... the road is very steep in places, and runs up and around the side of the mountain." - J. Robert Brown, September 27, 1856
This post also has Marker JC-10 (Johnson Cutoff). Use the button below to navigate to the Johnson Cutoff Route.