Carson City NV, October 27, 2016 – Carson City, even as a local you sometimes forget it is the capital city of Nevada. But as a recreational enthusiast that lives just south of town I know that I often drive right through one of the best recreational cities along the Eastern Sierra every day. This weekend Carson City is filled with celebration as the annual Nevada Day celebrations take over town.

People from all over the state and country will be in Carson City this week to watch one of the great parades in our country, enjoy a locals carnival and attend various Nevada Day Celebration events. But if you come to Carson City and forget your Mountain Bike or Hiking Boots, you will have missed out on one of the great recreational opportunities in the Sierra.

This last summer Carson City gained nation recognition in the mountain bike community with its first National Mountain Bike “off-road” competition. The event had great reviews from some of the best bikers in the world and will become a huge event in the Sierra.  Our luck is that w get to experience, explore and play on these same trails every day here in the Sierra. So if you are coming to town for Nevada Day, bring your bike or prepare t rent one for the local shops.

Carson City was voted the USA Today 10 Best “Most Travel Worthy State Capital In The Country! Come Explore this weekend. Come Celebrate the States heritage, Join in on Parades, Carnivals, and the History of Carson City….. but then jump on a bike or lace up your boots and hit a trail. Your discovery of the adventure and recreation around Carson City might just surprise you.

Happy Nevada Day for us here at Sierra REC. #goexplore

Hiking Trails

Nestled at the center of Nevada’s Eastern Sierra mountain range, Carson City affords visitors access to many scenic hiking trails—many of which connect to Lake Carson City hiking trailsTahoe hiking trails for unending adventure.

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. Brochures at the trailhead are available for self-guided tours, and benches near the river provide multiple areas to relax.

Another beginner route is at 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.

More hiking trails in and around Carson City are listed below, and additional information is at NevadaTrailMaps.com:

Trail Name Length Elevation Difference
C Hill Trail 0.5 Miles 60 ft.
Carson City MVU 0 Miles 4200 ft.
Centennial Park 3.5 Miles 260 ft.
Chimney Beach 3.7 Miles 1803 ft.
Davis Creek Discovery 1 Mile 80 ft.
Davis Creek Nature Trail 0.7 Miles negligible
Deadmans Creek Loop 2.3 Miles 322 ft.
Dry Pond 2.1 Miles 450 ft.
Duck Hill Ohv Trail System 6.3 Miles 1722 ft.
Empire Ranch Trail 1.75 Miles negligible
Fay-luther Canyon 3.5 Miles 977 ft.
Hidden Beach Trail System 0.5 Miles negligible
Jobs Peak Ranch 2.25 Miles 520 ft.
Jones/Whites Creek 9.1 Miles 1893 ft.
Jumbo Grade 10 Miles 945 ft.
Lake Tahoe Nevada Backcountry Trails 0 Miles negligible
Leviathan OHV 50 Miles negligible
Little Washoe Lake Trail 1.33 Miles negligible
Longview Ranch Trails 1.9 Miles 40 ft.
Lower Galena Creek 1.6 Miles 500 ft.
Lower Thomas Creek 2.3 Miles 720 ft.
Lower Whites Creek 3.3 Miles 900 ft.
Marlette Flume Trail 5 Miles 100 ft.
Mexican Ditch Trail 4 Miles 20 ft.
Mt. Rose Peak 4.6 Miles 1930 ft.
Mud Lake MVU 18.5 Miles 800 ft.
North Canyon Trail 4.2 Miles 1100 ft.
Ophir Creek 7.5 Miles 3379 ft.
Prison Hill 6.3 Miles 794 ft.
Red House Flume Trail 2.6 Miles 150 ft.
Riverview Park Trail 2.5 Miles negligible
Round Hill Pines Trail 4.4 Miles 264 ft.
Sand Harbor To Memorial Point Trail 0.7 Miles negligible
Silver Saddle Ranch Trails 4 Miles 100 ft.
Slide Mt Trail 0.4 Miles 188 ft.
Spooner Loop 2.17 Miles negligible
Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Trail 1.15 Miles negligible
Tahoe Rim Trail 164.8 Miles 4098 ft.
Thomas Creek 7.8 Miles 3745 ft.
Tunnel Creek Road 2.8 Miles 1394 ft.
V and T Trail 1 Mile 60 ft.
Washoe Lake Overlook Trail 0.78 Miles 200 ft.
Whites Canyon Route 6 Miles 1887 ft.

Source: Visitcarsoncity.com

Mountain Bike Trails
For cyclists, the grand daddy of all trails starts at Spooner Summit just west of Carson City and connects to Lake Tahoe’s famous Flume Trail. But less renowned mountain biking tours are just minutes from downtown Carson City, and free from the crowds at Tahoe.

Carson City’s mountain biking trips include intermediate and advanced singletrack trails in Ash Canyon and Kings Canyon. The trails leave from the city’s western foothills and climb high above into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where riders can connect to the world-renowned Tahoe Rim and Flume trails.

On the eastern side of Carson City, riders can brave the 13-mile McClellan Peak climb, which reaches an altitude of 7,465 feet before a decent back to the north Carson trailhead. The trail begins from Fermi Road, off of Goni Road, and continues uphill to the mountain top for sweeping views of the area.

Brunswick Canyon is another challenging eastern trail, featuring a 15-mile climb with over 1,300 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins along the Carson River off Deer Run Road and ends in high desert forest, with several side trip options along the way.

More mountain biking trails in and around Carson City are listed below, and additional information is atNevadaTrailMaps.com:

Carson City Trails

Trail Name Length Elevation Difference
C Hill Trail 0.5 Miles 60 ft.
Carson City MVU 29 Miles 4200 ft.
Centennial Park 3.5 Miles 260 ft.
Empire Ranch Trail 1.75 Miles negligible
Prison Hill 6.3 Miles 794 ft.
Riverview Park Trail 2.5 Miles negligible
Silver Saddle Ranch Trails 4 Miles 100 ft.
V and T Trail 1 Mile 60 ft.

Trails near Carson City

 

Trail Name Length Elevation Difference
Chimney Beach 3.7 Miles 1803 ft.
Deadmans Creek Loop 2.3 Miles 322 ft.
Dry Pond 2.1 Miles 450 ft.
Duck Hill Ohv Trail System 6.3 Miles 1722 ft.
Fay-luther Canyon 3.5 Miles 977 ft.
Hunter Lake OHV 60 Miles 4000 ft.
Hunter Lake Trail 7 Miles 2920 ft.
Jones/Whites Creek 9.1 Miles 1893 ft.
Jumbo Grade 10 Miles 945 ft.
Keystone Canyon 1.6 Miles 350 ft.
Lake Tahoe Nevada Backcountry Trails 0 Miles negligible
Leviathan OHV 50 Miles negligible
Lower Galena Creek 1.6 Miles 500 ft.
Lower Thomas Creek 2.3 Miles 720 ft.
Lower Whites Creek 3.3 Miles 900 ft.
Marlette Flume Trail 5 Miles 100 ft.
Mexican Ditch Trail 4 Miles 20 ft.
Mud Lake MVU 18.5 Miles 800 ft.
North Canyon Trail 4.2 Miles 1100 ft.
Ophir Creek 7.5 Miles 3379 ft.
Red House Flume Trail 2.6 Miles 150 ft.
Round Hill Pines Trail 4.4 Miles 264 ft.
Tahoe Rim Trail 164.8 Miles negligible
Tom Cooke Trail 0.6 Miles 241 ft.
Truckee River Path 13 Miles 283 ft.
Tunnel Creek Road 2.8 Miles 1394 ft.
Washoe Lake Overlook Trail 0.78 Miles 200 ft.
Whites Canyon Route 6 Miles 1887 ft.

Bike rentals, repairs, and guided road and mountain bike tours are available through Bike Carson Tahoe, owned and operated by former US professional cycling champion and land speed record holder, Chris Huber.

For more information about booking your Carson City mountain biking trip, call us at 1-800-NEVADA-1.

Source: Visit Carson City.com