Nestled at the foot of Nevada’s Eastern Sierra mountain range, Carson City affords visitors access to many scenic hiking trails. Carson City actually goes all the way to the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe and offers hikers year round access to the Carson River, 3 back country lakes, multiple mountain peaks, and to some unspoiled shoreline along Lake Tahoe. Depending on if you are out for an evening stroll with the entire family or out looking for adventure, the trails around Carson City offer you a little bit of everything.
Beginner hiking trails include a mile-long loop that winds along a portion of the Carson River at Riverview Park, a 109-acre natural area with miles of traversing trails, Longview Ranch, where 1.9 miles of paved paths connect with a portion of the old V&T Railroad. Dirt trails leave from the paved sections and take hikers who want more advanced climbs up the Sierra Nevada foothills and toward summits overlooking Lake Tahoe’s wilderness.
Intermediate trails include The Waterfall Trail at the end of Kings Canyon Road, the trail system on Prison Hill, as well as the Spooner Lake Loop at Spooner Lake State Park or the Chimney Beach Trail off Hwy 28.
For the most adventurous continue from Spooner Lake up to Marlette Lake or Hobart Lake and access the world class Flume Trail. Closer to Carson City is the award winning Ash to Kings Canyon Trail, a 7 mile point to point hike that takes you past a waterfall and through multiple landscapes.
We are working on an interactive trail map of all the trail systems in Carson City with great information to help enjoy your time outdoors. Until then Check out the maps and guided hikes from Muscle Powered, our trail building organization, or, visit Trails.com
Click here to take a virtual hike of some of our best trails thanks to the Google Trekker
Additional Carson City Trail Resources:
Carson City Parks & Recreation
Link to the City’s Open Space and Trails information