A Great Beginner Trail System in Carson City
Carson City trails – A fall favorite! Bring the camera along during September and October for the changing leaves, because this area of Carson City lights up during the fall season! The Mexican Ditch Trail System can be accessed from a variety of locations and offers endless combinations to stack up the miles and get your movement in. Comprised mostly of decomposed granite trail, the Mexican Ditch Trail system offers plentiful opportunity to view wildlife, enjoy the Carson River, and take in stunning views of the Eastern Sierra. Be mindful of leash requirements for pets as signage varies by section of the trail and mixed usage is allowed.
The Mexican Ditch Trail system can be accessed several ways. Parking is available at Korean War Veterans Memorial Park, Moffat Open Space, Silver Saddle Ranch, and Carson River Park.
Looking to raise your heart rate a little higher? Be on the lookout for an upcoming blog on intermediate trails around Carson City. Until then, here’s one to get you started!
Description: Decomposed granite multi-use trail for pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian use
Location: Section 1: Extends from the Moffat Open Space property (Hells Bells Road) to Silver Saddle Ranch
Section 2: Extends from Silver Saddle Ranch to Mexican Dam
The path stretches about 4 miles from the Moffat Space Open Property to the Mexican Dam on the Carson River.
The Mexican Ditch Trail is the backbone for the southeastern part of Carson City.
The completion of Buzzy’s Ranch Trail created a large loop. The Mexican Ditch Trail connects to the Riverview Park Connector trail, which leads right to Buzzy’s Ranch Trail. That connects to the Carson River Trail and that brings you back onto the ditch trail. There’s also a shortcut here straight to Silver Saddle Ranch.
The completion of Prison Hill Trail East also connects to the ditch trail. So you can plan a longer route in that direction if you want.