Explore the most popular trail running 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

Great hike, awesome views. Lots of mountain bikers so be conscientious and aware of your surroundings. Ran into several snakes today on the trail so if you have dogs, keep an eye out.

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12 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.

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13 days ago

Wildflowers out today

the waterfall wasn't worth it.

hiking
22 days 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

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.

Beautiful little creekside trail. We only went 1.7 mi before turning back. Narrow and several mountain bikers, but there is plenty of room to share.

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.

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1 month ago

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

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.

Nice easy trail and the dam is picturesque.

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

We parked at the reservoir and took the trail to the left off the dirt road for a nicer hike then just following the dirt road had to offer. It was very cold down in the canyon as we followed the creek for the first mile. We only passed one mountain biker as we went midweek. Very scenic views and we had the perfect day for high visibility. The terrain was nice as we went from a canyon creek, mountain views, and tree lines. We decided to make this trail a loop instead of an out and back. At the end of the trail we followed the washed out road down to Canyon Creek Road and got a ride back to the water tower. Overall total today was 10.2 miles.

I did this trail the last weekend of October. The fall foliage was absolutely beautiful as were the views. The fall temperatures make this hike much more pleasant than in the summer. This is not a trail to do when you are out of shape or feeling less than energetic. No, you can not drive and the label of "Hard" should be noted, as it is.

Excellent trail! excellent sunrises!

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

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.

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.

I thought we could drive most of the way up, not the case. This trail was not enjoyable at all. it just kept going up and was even rougher on the toes coming down. it was hot and we ran out of water. this trail was even rough on my 1 year old lab. I would never do this hike again. wish we could have seen the lake.

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.

Great little find with good fishing, despite the restrictions. If camping, do utilize the bear boxes- we were lucky enough to see one bear amble through the campground. The climb in is steep, but once there you've got picnic tables, pit toilets, ample water sources (do filter), and bear boxes,making this a nice goal for newer backpackers.

This is a difficult trail. Bring a hat and a lot of water. One of those trails you have to be in shape for. Great views and you won't see a lot of people for sure.

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