Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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
8 days 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
9 days ago

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

Great ride.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

off road driving
1 month ago

2018 TR Grand Cherokee; the trail was easy and very fun.... except for one choke point about 3/4 the way up. You need to be in something lifted. Skid plates got a work out and almost got stuck on the rocks, but made it through without scratching my paint. Other than that it was beautiful scenery with some fun brush and creek beds to go through.

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.

1 month 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.

on Skunk Harbor

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazingly beautiful!❤️

hiking
3 months 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

Great views, clean

Very easy flat trail, good for all ages.

off road driving
3 months 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
3 months 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.

4 months 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

4 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
4 months ago

I loved it!!

hiking
4 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

hiking
4 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.

relaxing easy trail by the pastures and river plenty of wildlife viewing

hiking
5 months ago

Parking is a bit of a challenge. That's a great thing as everyone else will have the same issue! I'm always a bit wary of a trail that goes down from the start but this one really isn't too long or steep. Lot's of big trees to enjoy. A large meadow that you'll catch glimpses of. The harbor is fairly small, but as beautiful as all the others in Tahoe. Nice having the signs about the bit of history associated with the area.

Nevada's trails are number one.

5 months ago

Lovely and easy trail down to the water. Crystal clear, would be nice in warmer months to take a swim. Old party house was cool. I can imagine this hike is very busy in the summer as there were lots of people hiking it in April cool weather. A boat was in the bay anchored for a lunch break too.

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