The Genoa Trail System is 16 miles of trails in the Genoa area open to hikers, equestrians, mountain bikes and dogs. See map below. Trail names include the Genoa Loop, Eagle Ridge Loop, Sierra Canyon Trail and Discovery Trail. The Discovery Trail is the same trail as the upper section of both loops. The lower section of both loops follows public roads in and near the town of Genoa. For an even longer loop, users can traverse the entire Discovery Trail and loop down through Genoa for a 10-mile round-trip hike.
Bikers and equestrians are not recommended on the lower portion of the Genoa Loop in Genoa Canyon. Here, the trail narrows in challenging terrain with tight switchbacks and steep drop-offs. Please scout the area beforehand to determine if you can safely use this section of trail.
The Sierra Canyon Trail is a long hike with substantial elevation gain/loss. It is 10 miles one way just to the Tahoe Rim Trail. The best view of Lake Tahoe is still another mile north on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Allow a full day if you plan on a round-trip hike. An alternative is to shuttle a vehicle and start or end your trip from either the Kingsbury North TH or Spooner Summit TH on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Please use common courtesy when meeting other trail users. For your safety and the safety of others, bikers need to keep their speed under control, and equestrians should be comfortable riding their horse in steep terrain. Appropriate trail etiquette when approaching equestrians is to stop, speak to the rider so they and their horse are not spooked and are aware of your presence, safely move to the downhill side of the trail and let them pass. Dog owners, please control your dog at all times, keep them leashed in residential areas, and clean up after your dog.
Though dispersed public parking is available throughout most of the area, formal parking areas are available at the Eagle Ridge, Sierra Canyon and Genoa Canyon access points.
Genoa Trail System Overview
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