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.

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

hiking
10 days 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.

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike down to a not too busy section of Lake Tahoe. We love to bring a picnic and enjoy the day from this spot. The old party house is pretty neat, I can imagine all the Gatsby type parties that were thrown here back in the day. Getting back to the road is pretty steep so pack lightly.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike! Great for kids and dogs. The beach is a gem. Gorgeous views of the lake.

off road driving
3 months ago

Snow covered road a little dicey. Had to turn around, a full size truck stuck in reek washout. They said a large rock had fallen on trail,you cannot get by with a big rig. Scenery was spectacular. There is waterfall at beginning of trail that you can take short walk to.

Nice easy trail and the dam is picturesque.

Great hike! Pretty steady incline on the way out but great downhill on the way back. Wonderful for dogs. Amazing views of Lake Tahoe! Some icy bits in the middle and we couldn’t get all the way down because the snow was to our news but it was great nonetheless. About 3 hours for 6 Miles

hiking
4 months ago

This was a pretty simple and straightforward hike with a really small but awesome beach. My puppy loved every minute of this hike and was sprinting all around just checking out all the smells!

Beautiful beach at the bottom. perfect for a day trip with kids. It is dog friendly as well. The beach can get busy and parking is an issue. Arriving early or late in the day will increase your chances of getting a spot. Trail can be a bit exposed so bring sunblock and H20.

Visiting from the Adirondack Mountain area of upstate New York. The grandeur of the Sierra's surrounding the emerald Lake Tahoe is a sort of beauty I have not experienced before.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy trail, great views, there are short cuts if you want to live a little

3.5-4 hr

Excellent trail! excellent sunrises!

love this walk on a summer morning! Wear your bug spray! Watch for the beavers.... enjoy the sunrise!!

A good workout, along with amazing views.

on Skunk Harbor

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Gorgeous little cove. Historic buildings. Currently, weekday parking restricted due to road construction.

7 months ago

Nice hike to a beach. Water is crystal clear.

I loved this hike!! It was a great, wide and smooth trail. Absolutely beautiful beach!! I can not wait to go again.

Excellent hike in the Fall. The trees are changing colors so it's absolutely beautiful! It's quite a climb up, but well worth it. Numerous views of Lake Tahoe along the way. Pack a lunch and enjoy the lake. Total trip around 4 hours.

7 months ago

It was a nice hike which was extremely easy to do when compared to other hikes in Tahoe. Saw lots of dogs and my pup had fun. Sure made him tired.

7 months ago

zigzag down a wide fire-service road to the water. its a bit steep. shady. neat old cabin at the bottom. very nice trail-recommended! sit on the rocks by the lake and have a snack

hiking
8 months ago

Skunk Harbor is beautiful. I would have labeled this trail as easy with some moderate parts which is a slow grade back up to the trailhead. The weather was cool fall crisp and perfect with few people on the trail. If you have to park at the second lot and don't want to get run over by cars finding your way to the trailhead there is a winding path from that second lot that connects to the trail. Great for letting dogs leash free enjoy playing outside. The scene at water's edge was breathtakingly peaceful.

Great hike, big incline on the way up- Marlette Lake is gorgeous!

8 months ago

A stroll down from the highway to a nice bay and old abandoned home. Lots of people on boats off shore on the weekend.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike. The main trail is wide and unobstructed due to being a forest service road. Did it in flip flops. Short cuts down make it fast. Short cuts up make it a challenge. The main path is easier for the climb back especially after swimming and rock jumping. Beautiful cove for swimming.

The review states dogs must be on leash, but signs at the park indicate off leash is acceptable. I wanted on-leash only, so that was an unpleasant surprise. (I keep my own dogs on-leash and prefer they're not agitated by off leash dogs approaching them.) But not busy on a weekday so it wasn't a big deal.

9 months ago

Beautiful beach at the base. Easy to go down but a workout climbing back up.

walking
9 months ago

Was a nice walk down to the water. Breaks off on two paths (one wider path and one narrower/more challenging) once you're about half way. The water is stunning, warm and a beautiful little piece of paradise. There are some small boats anchored in the area while people hang/swim. Parking is tricky and limited during the weekend so try and go during the week! Will recommend and would love to go back!

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