Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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!

Very easy flat trail, good for all ages.

off road driving
24 days 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.

26 days 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.

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.

on Prison Hill Loop

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

Nice Little hike. My wife and I are in our mid-60's and we walked up to the falls and backtracked to the loop trail. The hike took about 70 minutes. It is worth the trip.

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

2 months ago

Nice walk , good pictures for adventure album.

2 months ago

Wildflowers out today

Great walk along the shore of Lake Tahoe. Despite there being a lot of people around, we also saw a lot of birds (osprey, common merganser, white-headed woodpecker).

2 months ago

Some of the best hiking In Carson City.
Great 360 views
At least 5 trail heads to start from.
Best in non summer months

Nevada's trails are number one.

A definite must in the early spring snow runoff. Easy access.

Short hike but I like to loop it around and take the old King’s Canyon Rd a bit on foot and then join the main waterfall big loop, turning it into about 5.5 miles. A bit of an incline up the old road and you’ll want to stay alert due to the 4 wheeling but it adds a nice workout to the otherwise short trail. The waterfalls are very nice, just stay out of the water, it’s the water source for Carson.

Nice little trail

We didn’t quite make it to the reservoir as we turned back due to snow a little past the water tanks. The views were beautiful out to the Carson Valley below. It is a steady climb (but I’m 70) and we determined to come back in a few weeks. This would NOT be a good summer hike - I’d drive up a different route. But there is plenty of water for the dogs in a creek most of the way. Can’t wait to try it again in the Spring and Fall and see the lake and fish.

Easiest little trail! Amazing with snow!

I looking at the water fall

off road driving
5 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.

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