Hobart Creek Reservoir Trail (via Carson City) is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Carson City, Nevada and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Approached from the carson city trail head. Amazing views at times, which is completely worth the trip. It has incline for the majority of the trip, which shouldn't be taken lightly! Bring lots of water and a walking stick! Hobart reservoir is quit nice, with multiple areas to fish from (trout). Would recommend to any traveller looking for a decent challenge and serenity.
Beautiful, with many awesome views and amazing amounts of nature, but takes a good amount of time and you must come prepared. Gets extremely isolated and cell service is spotty, certainly a trail that requires experience and a group. But very fun and worth the time if you prepare properly
From the comments here I see all of them went from the Carson city side. You can also get there from Spooner lake going to Marlette lake then onto Hobart reservoir. It is about an 18 mile hike round trip.
You can start at the bottom of the canyon and enjoy the 6 mile climb or drive most of the way with a high clearance, 4-wheel drive and hike the last bit. You'll enjoy beautiful views.
The walk in that Michale Perine says is 1.5 miles is actually 1/4 mile. So says the sign near the locked gate. The walk out is steep and will take your breath away. After you climb it you could believe that it is further
I went the way the previous commentator went which was through Lakeview and it was a nose to the grindstone 4-5 hour hike, I had my 15-20lbs pack, and sleeping bag because I was staying a couple days. I brought water purifying tablets for when I got there and drank about a gallon and a half of water just getting there. Spectacular views the whole way up and the lake is immaculate for fishing, I would recommend this trail to anyone as long as you are in the right kind of shape for it.
There is another route into Hobart Reservoir from the Carson City side besides Ash Canyon. In the Lakeview area, there is a trailhead at the Lakeview Gate. It is 4.9 miles up a gated dirt road that follows the south end of Musgrove Creek. It enters Lake Tahoe State Park at the 3.4 mile point. There is an exhibit along the road where an old sawmill used to stand. The road intersects the Ash Canyon route at the head of the pass where the road drops down to the reservoir.
Unless you are a masochist, there is no reason to hike this entire trail. I drove to within 1.5 miles of the reservoir in my Toyota Highlander. The first 4 miles is dry, dusty and boring (when not looking over a drop-off). Hobart, however, is a little jewel of a lake, nestled into a bowl of alpine forest. It is stocked with brook, lahontan, and tiger trout. Start this trek on Ash Canyon Road in Carson City. Drive to the end of the pavement where there is a locked gate. Turn right onto Wellington W and proceed about 1000 feet to an unnamed road on the left, which immediately turns to dirt. It goes up between two large water tanks. Ash Canyon is graded off each year by Carson City Parks and Open Spaces. However, I did lightly scrape bottom at a couple of the groomed ravines that occasionally cross the road. It is wide enough for an SUV or pickup, but just barely. The drop-offs can be daunting for the inexperienced. Do not attempt this without 4-wheel drive. I spoke with Ann Bollinger at Carson City Parks to ensure that the road was open and passable.
There are a number of "landings" along the way, which I assume were cut by the forest department as staging areas for the fire the occurred a few years back. There is a locked gate at the top and a parking area with a sign. See photo. From the gate, it is about 1.5 miles, all downhill, to the reservoir. Bring a fishing poll - artificial lures with single, barbless hooks.
Check out my photos. This is a beautiful little lake.