Trails for Hiking

Whether you’re looking for a casual stroll or an intense workout, Carson Valley Trails offers a variety of options with gorgeous views. All trails are carefully maintained and well-marked with clear mileage options and most are dog friendly.

Carry water especially during summer and when hiking open terrain. See trail details for natural water sources.

Easy to Moderate Hiking

Easy 2.6 mi. roundtrip

Fairly level paved trail between Genoa and Walley’s Hot Springs Resort.

Easy 4 mi. roundtrip and .7 mi loop

Flat hiking with panoramic views of the Carson Valley and wildlife that gathers along the Carson River.

Dogs are not allowed due to protected wildlife area.

Easy 5 mi. of trails

Flat and partially sandy trails run adjacent to the Carson River with panoramic views of the North end of the Carson Valley. Often muddy after rain/snow events. Dogs are not allowed due to protected wildlife area.

Easy with many shorter trails to connect

Both trailheads (Fay-Luther & Jobs Peak Ranch) begin with open terrain continuing gradually upward into a pine forest on the foothills of the Sierra. Be aware that parts of this trail system are very popular with equestrians.

Easy 5.2 mi round trip including 3 mi. loop

Open terrain with constant views. This trail gets a lot of use in the winter because it is typically snow-free save for a few North-facing shaded areas which may be muddy/icy. 

Moderate with 3 access points

Starting from the Jacks Valley Trailhead, the trail begins with hilly open terrain for the first 3 miles. Higher up you enter pine forest as you climb to Knob Point (great view of Carson Valley). Upper Clear Creek offers stunning views from Cliff Rock and a connection with the Tahoe Rim Trail at Spooner Summit Trailhead. Be aware that this trail is very popular with mountain bikers

Moderate 6.5 mi.

For an easier hike, begin at the Eagle Ridge Trailhead for shorter out-and-back hike with excellent views. Steeper terrain begins where you connect with the Sierra Canyon Trail. Creating a loop involves roads between trailheads.

Intense / Steep Hiking

Intense 20 mi roundtrip

Steep grade and 3800 ft of elevation gain take you from the foothills of Genoa to top of the Sierras on the East side of Lake Tahoe. Connects with the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Moderate to Intense 8.2 mi.

This trail is an excellent workout complete with gorgeous views. The 2 mi start at Genoa Canyon Trail Access involves significant elevation gain and excellent views of the Genoa area.