I’ve heard talk of this project for a while, but it looks like they’ve finally started construction on the rerouting of the access road to Ash Canyon.
While most mountain bikers now enter Ash Canyon at the unofficial Foothill Road trailhead, it’s not uncommon for riders to access the Ash Canyon dirt road that begins in the Wellington neighborhood. This is also the only way into the canyon legally if you’re in a motorized vehicle, and the way to get to Hobart Reservoir for fishing. As you can imagine, the traffic has increased quite a bit through this residential area as more and more people realize the recreational potential of Carson City’s west side. The new road will begin at the end of Ash Canyon Road, just to the south of the old Wellington entrance.
This reroute looks like it will benefit most everyone. Residents of the Wellington neighborhood will see far less thru-traffic, and trail users will enjoy a gentler grade up to the water towers. I’m not certain what the final road surface will look like, but at this point it looks like it will be more durable and less prone to washouts and mud.