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.

hiking
14 days 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

Very easy flat trail, good for all ages.

Great uphill rather tough. Beware if vehicles and horses. Great views

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
1 month ago

I loved it!!

on Prison Hill Loop

hiking
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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Great hike, go early to avoid the blazing sun on the exposed ridges. Had the doggie off leash most of the time-watch for Mountain bikers!

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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Wildflowers out today

the waterfall wasn't worth it.

hiking
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

3 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.

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
6 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
7 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.

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