Ash Canyon provides the best riding in Carson City. Smooth, fast singletrack, and spectacular views of the valley below. Although there is a lot of climbing on most of the trails, the trails are smooth and designed for all riders. The trails are a stacked loop system, and can be ridden in either direction. This provides lots of options and mileage in small area. This is getting to be a pretty popular area, so be on the lookout for all trail users, both bikers and hikers.
The best way to get to the trails in Ash Canyon is off the V&T bike path that connects Ash Canyon Road to Combs Canyon Road. If you’re looking for a trailhead with off street parking, Foothill Drive off Winnie Lane is a good place. Foothill Drive is little more than a short dirt road, but provides a great place to meet up off the road, and has ample parking if you’re not riding to the trails. MAP HERE.
To begin your ascent up the canyon, look for the Jackrabbit Trail along the south edge of Vicee Canyon (the big sand wash just south of the college).
Alternate entrances are the two public access dirt roads. The dirt road to Hobart Reservoir that climbs steeply past the water tanks, and Timberline Drive to the North.
Trails in Ash Canyon:
The Longview Singletrack trailhead is located at the intersection of Longview and Kings Canyon Road. On the south side of the pavement there are two dirt roads. One heads steeply up the ridge, the other leads into the ravine. Follow the lower trail into the ravine for a short distance, and look for the singletrack on that right that continues up the ravine.
More on the Longview Trail HERE.
C HILL TRAIL
There’s a new trail on C Hill that starts on the east side, and climbs up the south side of the mountain. It currently gets you up high enough to ride to the C and American Flag, and hopefully will someday tie into the Longview Trail. This should be a great winter trail with its south and east facing slopes.
More on the C Hill trail HERE.
The Centennial Trail network is located on Carson City’s northeast side. There is a good selection of rolling singletrack and doubletrack to ride, and plenty of dirt roads leading out of the area for further exploration. Wild Horse sightings are common. The trails and roads intersect frequently, making it hard to tell someone how to ride the loop; however, if you’re not sure where to go, it’s hard to get lost, and you’ll have fun exploring on your own.
To get to the trailhead, go east on HWY 50, and turn north onto Arrowhead Drive just before you climb the hill to leave Carson City. Turn north again onto Centennial Park Drive, and head to the very end of the road. Look for the trailhead sign at the top of the Heritage Way loop. MAP TO TRAILHEAD
To begin the ride, follow the single track behind the trailhead sign, that climbs up the old rocky roadbed to the southwest. It’s pretty rocky to start, but smooths out after a while.