Technical mountain singletrack, family nature rides along the Carson River, urban bike paths, and big-mile road rides, Carson City has trails and rides for everyone. Here’s a sampling of what our area has to offer.
Ash Canyon provides some of the best mountain biking in Carson City, with some of its trails even part of the Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road racecourse. Smooth, fast singletrack, and spectacular views of the valley below reward climbing efforts. The trails are a stacked loop system, and can be ridden in either direction. This provides lots of options and mileage in a small area. Due to its popularity, be on the lookout for all trail users: bikers, hikers, and equestrians.
Map in PDF format HERE.
The best way to get to the trails in Ash Canyon is off the V&T bike path which 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 meetup off the road, and has ample parking. 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).
Official Ash to Kings Trailheads are located up the Ash Canyon Backcountry access road and Kings Canyon Road.
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 describe 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 the trail rounds the bend.
CARSON RIVER TRAILS
Thanks to a network of trails and bridges, it’s possible to bike most of the Carson River along the eastern edge of the city. You can ride the Empire Ranch Trail, Riverview Park, Mexican Ditch Trail, and Silver Saddle Ranch, all with only one paved road crossing at Carson River Road! Wide trails and level terrain make these trails the most family friendly in town. With parks, wildlife viewing, and many route options, there’s plenty to do and see along the way.
More on the Carson River Trails HERE.
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. This trail climbs up to Borda Meadows, and provides access to Kings Canyon and the C Hill Trail.
More on the Longview Trail HERE.
C HILL TRAIL
There’s a trail on C Hill that starts on the east side above the train museum, and climbs up the south side of the mountain. It provides access to ride to the “C” and American Flag, and continues up to Borda Meadows where riders can connect to Kings Canyon or the Longview Trail.
More on the C Hill trail HERE.
CLEAR CREEK TRAIL
Just south of Carson City is the Clear Creek Trail. The Clear Creek Trail is almost 10.5 miles long, is open to hikers, mountain bikes, equestrians and dogs, has no exit, and is currently 21-miles round-trip. The trail begins next to Jacks Valley Elementary School at the Jacks Valley Trailhead, and ends about 1,000 feet southwest of the Highway 50/Tahoe Golf Club Drive interchange. Generally considered easy to moderate, the trail gradually climbs and descends along its length at a comfortable 5% grade with some flat sections. The elevation ranges between 4,950 feet at Jacks Valley Trailhead adjacent to the school, to a high point of 6,200 feet at the south fork crossing of Clear Creek, then down to 5,900 feet at the end of the trail.
More on the Clear Creek Trail HERE.