While storms do blanket our valley with snow on occasion, many of our trail systems can offer snow-free conditions throughout parts of the Winter.
- Bently Heritage Trail System: Usually snow-free but muddy much of the time after storms.
- Clear Creek Trail System: Lower Clear Creek Trail stays snow-free up until you enter the forest or higher up on low snow years.
- Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System: Lower exposed sections near the trailheads are often snow-free.
- Genoa Trail System: Eagle Ridge Loop has the least amount of snow but can be muddy/snowy after storms with areas around the Sierra Canyon bridge often holding snow.
- Pinyon Trail: A winter favorite because the sun-drenched hillsides will typically be snow-free. A few short sections of North-facing slopes will hold some snow.
- River Fork Ranch: Typically snow-free but muddy much of the time after storms.
Early spring can still bring winter-like storms and snow our valley. Depending on the snowpack, many higher elevations and North-facing trails remain snowy until late spring.
- Bently Heritage Trail System: Usually snow-free but sections are prone to flooding during storms and spring melt-off.
- Clear Creek Trail System: Lower Clear Creek Trail is typically clear with snow receding in the upper sections as the season progresses.
- Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System: Lower exposed sections near the trailheads are likely clear with most of this trail system being completely snow-free by mid-Spring.
- Genoa Trail System: Eagle Ridge Loop is also snow-free quite often thanks to its Southern exposure. Other trails, depend on snowpack and Spring storms.
- Pinyon Trail: Spring is a great time to enjoy the comfortable temperatures. You may find yourself wearing a t-shirt mid-day and still encounter a patch of snow or two on North-facing sections.
- River Fork Ranch: is typically snow-free but the meadow often floods during the Spring melt-off.
Bring water regardless of the trails you choose. As a high-desert climate, big temperature swings from day to night are to be expected. Mornings are always cool and enjoyable.
- Bently Heritage Trail System: Get out early as this exposed trail can get hot. Thick forbs will grow on parts of the trail system that see limited use along with quickly growing roses and willows. Sandbars along the Carson River give you the opportunity to dip your toes on the water.
- Clear Creek Trail System: Lowest exposed sections are South-facing and often hot. This is the time to enjoy the forested sections. Upper Clear Creek especially offers comfortable hikes on hot days.
- Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System: Best to get out early on hot days. Lower exposed sections near the trailheads make for hot start but in about a mile from the Fay-Luther trailhead you’ll be in the shade.
- Genoa Trail System: Exposed sections of the Eagle View Loop are likely to be warm (get there early). Other trails include plenty of elevation gain so pace yourself. The Genoa Loop includes two stream crossings year-round.
- Pinyon Trail: Great early or late in the day. Quite hot during the heart of the day with mostly exposed terrain.
- River Fork Ranch: Exposed conditions make this a hot trail.
Waning daylight keeps temps cooler for longer. This is an ideal time to enjoy all of our trails with the outside possibility of snow in mid-to-late Fall.
- Bently Heritage Trail System: Enjoy the cooler temperatures and subtle autumn colors from cottonwoods that dot the Carson River floodplain.
Storms can bring muddy conditions.
- Clear Creek Trail System: Lower Clear Creek Trail is still quite warm in early fall while snow can be common on Upper Clear Creek the closer we get to winter.
- Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System: Lower exposed sections near the trailheads are warm in early fall and all trails are typically clear. Enjoy the valley’s fall colors from the Valley View Loop and Grand View Loop.
- Genoa Trail System: The Sierra Canyon trail boasts fall colors with snow to be expected at the upper elevations. Early snows quickly melt off on the Eagle View Loop thanks to its Southern exposure.
- Pinyon Trail: Fall is an excellent time to enjoy this exposed trail without excessive heat or snow.
- River Fork Ranch: This trail is its driest in early fall with the cottonwoods turning bright yellow as fall progresses. Storms can bring muddy conditions.