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Genoa Trail System

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Sierra Canyon Trail – Carson Valley Trails Association

ADA Accessibility Notes

Trail does not meet accessibility requirements. Average grade is 8-10 percent on all trails with numerous short sections that are steeper. Trail is uneven natural tread surface, 24" wide with rock creek crossings.

The 16-mile Genoa Trail System lies above the historic town of Genoa. The trails are open to hikers, equestrians, mountain bikes and dogs. The 8.2-mile Genoa Loop provides spectacular views of the Carson Valley and Pine Nut Range. For a longer hike, users can take the 10-mile Sierra Canyon Trail which climbs about 3,500 feet, joining up with the 170-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. The trails are near Genoa but traverse across relatively remote ridges, canyons and streams through a predominant mix of Jeffrey Pine and white fir.

The trail system has three access points in the Genoa area. Additional access from the Tahoe Rim Trail can also occur by starting from the North Kingsbury or South Spooner Summit Trailheads. The nearby River Fork Ranch just east of Genoa, is owned by The Nature Conservancy and provides two flat trails along the West Fork Carson River.

Spectacular, panoramic views of the Carson Valley are visible along the trail system.

A wide diversity of wildlife may be encountered including mule deer, black bear and other small mammals, song birds, raptors, and reptiles. Mountain lions, bobcats and the red fox frequent the area as well.

More information and a trail map can be found at:

Pet Friendly Notes

No dogs are allowed at River Fork Ranch. Dogs are allowed everywhere else and should be leashed near homes and at trailheads, while being under control elsehwere. Mountain bikes and equestrians are allowed on all trails.

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