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Love love love it!! Hard hike down with the paddle board I would think but next time I might try to bring it.

on Skunk Harbor

hiking
11 days ago

Really nice and picturesque trail leading to a sheltered cove and several small sand beach areas. It's popular with boaters as well, and we saw the Thunderbird there for an excursion. The beaches, like many around the lake, are much smaller again this year due to the high water levels, but don't let that discourage you. This is an easy down hill hike that will reward you with nice views and beaches, followed by a minor workout on the way back up (depending on how much you carry down). Dog friendly. A little bit crowded as it approached noon and later.

Beach is quick to get to

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is definitely a bit sketchy during the summer. In addition to it already being very hot in the mornings and there is absolutely no shade, the trail itself is poorly marked. It starts off as a well-maintained, wide dirt path, but after a few back and forths I realized that the path was not taking me up the hill. Upon closer inspection of the trail map, the actual trail to the summit is a narrow, rocky, barely-there trail that cuts through the brush, AKA "Prime Rattlesnake Territory". Did not feel comfortable taking my dog through all that (off leash or on), so we cut this hike short. It may be better in the winter, but definitely use caution in the summer.

hiking
21 days ago

Amazingly beautiful!❤️

I hike this trail to the bottom of the waterfall and then up to the top of the waterfall at least 2 times a week. Love it!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked down the main path to the beach. The water is crystal clear and beautiful. There are rocks that we swim out to and jump off of... The water was cool but the sun was warm so we sunned ourselves like lizards

Very easy flat trail, good for all ages.

off road driving
1 month ago

First and foremost this was my first drive off roading in a 2018 tacoma TRD off-road. The drive was beautiful with some moderate challenges. However, when i got within a mile to hwy 50 i ran into two pretty good size rocks. I gave it a try and wasn’t able to pass. It may of been me not knowing the truck yet. But i know for sure a narrow jeep type vehicle would have no issue. Had to turn around and head back down.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from the entrance on Jacks Valley to the junction at the top, roughly 8 miles. I started a little late or I would had gone to the top, an additional 3.5 miles. My whole experience ended up being 16.5 miles and it was great! Once you pass the residences at the beginning it was beautiful. Definitely a must do and I will be doing again.

So beautiful and relatively secluded. Big payoff for a short hike- you can hang out at the beach (or the nude beach over the rocks haha) or climb around the rocks and hang out.

Great uphill rather tough. Beware if vehicles and horses. Great views

1 month ago

Great trail little just above easy due to narrow spots and few wash outs. Stock Toyota Tacoma 2018 did well. Very sandy for the most part. Connect this trail with the Genoa trail make for good 4 plus hour ride and about 20 miles

First 1.5 miles was steep but worth it for great views of Tahoe. Quite a few Mtn bikes

Beautiful beach, easy to get to.

nice trail of ~2 miles.

2 months ago

beautiful trail!! for those wanting a bit of a challenge you can take the short cuts and avoid the hairpin turns going up or down, there's a slight thin "trail" that guides you through the brush

trail running
2 months ago

I loved it!!

on Prison Hill Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Nice morning hike with the dogs. Several trail options in Carson City’s Prison Hill Recreation Area. We did the North Loop, which is a 3.8 mile trail that provides scenic views of Carson City on the west side of the loop and the Carson River on the east side. This trail is probably suitable year round as long as there is no snow on the ground. Probably best in spring and fall, but be aware there is no shade so probably best during the morning hours during the summer.

A nice 2 mike or so hike. The waterfall is really nice. It’s in a steep valley under tree cover. True shade and the spray make it cool and refreshing to see. The loop trail gives good views or Carson City. Decent elevation gain but never too steep. The trail almost touches the tree line and you can see some trees still with scars from and old fire.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful! lots of wildlife and blue water! the way back up is a little tough if you try to take shortcuts off the trail.

this was a great trail! wonderful water front

We arrived at the parking lot around 7pm and walked to the Whales Beach for sunset. The view is awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

Great place to go when you don't have a lot of time and do want to enjoy great views of the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views all the way down, with some valley/big lake/snow capped range views framed by massive conifers. Fun rock scrambling along the lake, with some neat jumps and balancing. Stunning sun sparkle on turquoise harbor water. The only knock was the number of people making it hard for photography and finding a meditation point. Probably our fault for going on a Memorial weekend; I would likely give 5* mid week.

Great hike, go early to avoid the blazing sun on the exposed ridges. Had the doggie off leash most of the time-watch for Mountain bikers!

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