Explore the most popular walking 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
7 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.

off road driving
16 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.

hiking
19 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.

So beautiful and relatively secluded. Big payoff for a short hike- you can hang out at the beach (or the nude beach over the rocks haha) or climb around the rocks and hang out.

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

27 days 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.

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.

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.

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

We arrived at the parking lot around 7pm and walked to the Whales Beach for sunset. The view is awesome!

hiking
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.

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.

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

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk , good pictures for adventure album.

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

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).

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

Nevada's trails are number one.

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