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Skunk Harbor is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carson City, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 528 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

running

beach

lake

views

recorded Skunk Harbor

hiking
2 hours ago

Easy hiking trail. Plenty wide. Fairly consistent elevation changes throughout the trail. The harbor at the end is stunning.

hiking
13 days ago

quick hike for a not so crowded area by the water compared to most public beaches! carried a beach umbrella but theres trees with shade so didnt need it

hiking
28 days ago

The walk down to these beautiful beaches is quick on the broad, wide path. Beaches are small and there were both hikers and boaters enjoying them. We managed to find a quiet, shady spot for lunch on some boulders.

hiking
1 month ago

Closed sign out, people ignored it. Beach is small so it was pretty packed

hiking
2 months ago

The small beaches at the end were absolutely beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views...

hiking
closed
2 months ago

This trail had a closed sign in the beginning. Nevertheless people ignored it.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Awesome morning snowshoe! Nobody on the trail!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Will definitely go again.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, wonderful work out, stunning views, beautiful beach. Historical site, with informational plaques. Doggy wonderland.

hiking
icy
4 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! New to the area from the PNW. It felt like home.

7 months ago

A beautiful trail, and I love the history behind it. At the very end comes out to a lovely beach. Keep in mind the 2nd half is uphill on the way back and only partially shaded.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome little beach! We went today and there was 1 other person there and then just one couple we passed on the way back to the car. There’s parking on the shoulder for about 4-5 cars. We jumped in the lake - it was very cold but refreshing. Pretty steep on the way back up, but didn’t really need poles (although we had them).

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike down to the water, plenty of shade. Get there early to secure the best spot.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, it was easy enough to do with 3 kids! Beautiful cove at the end was worth while.

hiking
8 months ago

Chemin très facile à suivre qui mène sur de petites criques isolées aux couleurs magnifiques. La randonnée est simple et assez rapide. La baignade en bas est juste parfaite même si l’eau est fraîche en ce mois d’octobre. Notre chien a adoré !

hiking
8 months ago

nice view the path down is steep but worth it

hiking
9 months ago

I loved this trail. Wide and sandy path, short cuts, amazing beaches and summer house at the bottom. We took our two kids,9 and 12 years old- it was pretty successful! The hike back up with kids is a bit challenging but worth it :). We hiked in October- excellent fauna and butterflies everywhere. The yellow jackets are really intense but didn’t bother us (nearer the water)! Will do again

hiking
9 months ago

I loved this trail. Wide and sandy path, short cuts, amazing beaches and summer house at the bottom. We took our two kids,9 and 12 years old- it was pretty successful! The hike back up with kids is a bit challenging but worth it :). We hiked in October- excellent fauna and butterflies everywhere. The yellow jackets are really intense but didn’t bother us (nearer the water)! Will do again

hiking
9 months ago

Always a favorite. We love this location for a lunch spot. We hike down, sit by the water, have our sandwich and let the dog swim. It’s a steady 1.5 mile assent out. Definitely a perfect spot for when you want a quick hike and a bit of solitude.

hiking
9 months ago

Use map, going down is easy coming back up is hard. But the views are amazing and worth the work. Once you get to lake and summer house you can picnic, swim and take in the breath taking views.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Lovely sandy trail, not too difficult, to a gorgeous cove. Lots of yellow jackets in late summer at the cove, allergic hikers beware. They didn’t bother us much though.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a very nice trail. There are some moderate grades but the trail is very smooth. You get some sneak peaks of the lake as you hike down and the beach access at the bottom was fantastic. We were at the bottom around 10:30 on a Monday and the beach was starting to get crowded but we were able to find a spot for us and the two dogs. The dogs loved playing in the water. My only complaint is that there were a ton of yellow jackets down on the beach (although none of us got stung) and on the trail. Lots of dogs off leash but we did not run into any trouble with ours.

hiking
10 months ago

The Harbor and views are well worth your time. I hiked down at 8 AM on a Thursday and didn’t see another soul until after 11. I highly recommend bring a snack, swimsuit and book so you can hang out at the bottom.

hiking
11 months ago

Such pretty views great hike make sure you get there early though for parking

hiking
private property
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Highly recommend getting there early to secure a parking spot as well as a spot once you get down to the beach area. We went on a Sunday and arrived around 8:30, had no problem parking and the trail was fairly empty. Not a ton of beach space once you hike down as there is still a lot of water overflow from the snowfall this season (you can actually see some snow-covered peaks from the higher point of the trail). Overall a great experience, felt very secluded even with all the families and occasional hikers and swimmers passing by. Bring a lunch and lots of sunscreen!

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