Explore the most popular hiking trails near Carson City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

Love the history of the mansion. Be sure to read the info plates. Amazing views.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy trail. The water is crystal clear, and the scenery is beautiful.

Easy hike, and you're rewarded with the beautiful waterfall upon completion.

Easy however narrow. Great quick trail.

A tough but beautiful hike. Many of trees and ferns were in full fall splendor and the views of Lake Tahoe were spectacular. The cool fall temperatures made for perfect hiking weather as the climb is steep and at times a bit grueling. The wind came up just as I reached the lake, which is peaceful and also showing hints of fall. A few pointers - when leaving the lake, keep to the left (or better yet track your journey with the app), getting off course is easy. Also, there are mountain bikes on the trail, so be alert.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a pretty easy trail to take and the views at the bottom on the lake are amazing. I went on a Friday and I only came across 5 people the whole time

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail was fantastic! Very smooth ! This is a great trail for beginners and intermediate riders. You can now go to spooner summit.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a lovely dirt trail down to a cute little secluded beach. We only made it down to the chimney beach and back as we had a 5 year old and 3 year old on foot and a 1 year old in a carrier. Would recommend this short portion as family and kid friendly.

Great ride.

Absolutely beautiful

lets just start out with the hike up is not the best, nice steady incline that you will feel later, but worth it. the hike was amazing, with the fall colors it was so beautiful. nice sandy trail easy on my pups paws. all around a great hike and can't wait to do it again. Marlette lake was beautiful and peaceful.
when you take the left in the fork in the road and end up entering by the dam. make sure on the way back to go to your left to take the same trail back.

Love the lake! Didn't enjoy the climb up to the top and then all the way back down. Definitely a much more intense hike than most people are used to with a pack! Not many options for camping but we did find a nice spot on the other side of the lake, we required another mile of hiking.

Great hike.

2 months ago

piece of cake. good hill to tone your body for beginners. i love it for a great warm up to get you goin

super easy to hike to and waterfall is beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Can choose easy or more difficult route. cool Falls and great Carson views

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail, good for a quick trip down to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Starts off steep, but levels out after about 1/4 mile. Beautiful hiking right on the edge of the lake. Bring a bathing suit.

Short trail to a pretty waterfall. In the late afternoon it's all shaded.

very cool trail we started at secret cove (nude beach) sweeeeeet ha ha trail runs right along the lake until you come to chimney beach loved it highly recommended. been coming here for years now were locals yeeaaahhhh.

Beautiful trail. The way to the lake is mostly uphill. Wasn’t too crowded. Few mountain bikers and everyone was super polite. Got slightly lost. About 2 miles in there’s a fork in the trail so make sure you go left. Marlette Lake is beautiful and peaceful. it was so empty it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.

8-AUG-2018

Great day Hike! yes the first 2 miles or so are tough, but take periodic breaks every 15 minutes or so and you'll make it. The trail levels out around 2.5 miles and the rest is really easy going. It took me 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the Resovior, and an hour and 30 minutes to get back without any stops. Overall a very fun hike, I couldn't see many views due to all the smoke but what I saw was nice.

We loved this hike! We took our 4 year old and 1 year old! Beautiful view of the lake and the beach is perfect! Highly recommend, especially for kids!

2 months ago

I found this hike to be a great destination hike. Down hill all the way there and pretty much up hill all the way back. So those with any issues with knees, hips, heart may need to think about this. Moderate is a true rating. Pretty smooth trail as it was an old road. Beautiful destination when you reach the lake.

3 months ago

Went to the waterfall first - not challenging at all, nice to sit by the water though. Went back down and started the upper level. This was pretty challenging but very scenic at points. Looking over the city was great.

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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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