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 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
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.
EASY/MODERATE WITH 5 ACCESS POINTS
The Jacks Valley Loop and lower Clear Creek Trail are easy hikes in open sagebrush habitat. North of the Jacks Valley Road Trailhead, the trail becomes more moderate climbing into pine forest connecting to the Tahoe Rim Trail. Be aware that these trails are 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.