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Genoa Trail System

Sierra Canyon Trail

Photo © Jeremy Vlcan

The 16-mile Genoa Trail System is found at Genoa and is 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 9.6-mile Sierra Canyon Trail which climbs several thousand feet, joining up with the renown 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. The entire trail system climbs above the oldest town in Nevada, traversing across ridges, canyon and water courses 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, owned by The Nature Conservancy, provides two flat trails along the West Fork Carson River just one mile east of Genoa.

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

A variety of user experiences are available along both short and long segments. The trail traverses and climbs a portion of the Carson Range and the user will experience numerous settings, ranging from the rural, historic town of Genoa and encounters with other cultural sites along the trail, to remote canyons and diverse ecosystems. As elevation is gained the landscape will change from predominately sage brush and other high desert vegetation in the lower elevations to the Jeffery and white fir forests of the higher elevations. Beautiful water features are either crossed or viewed along portions of the trail, and a wide diversity of wildlife may be encountered including mule deer, black bear and other small mammals, song birds, raptors, and reptiles.

More information and a trail map can be found at  

Vertical Gain or Loss: Approximately 2600 feet total gain and loss on the Genoa Loop. Approximately 4000 feet total gain on the Sierra Canyon Trail, one-way, to the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Trail Distance: Approximately 16 miles, including a 8-mile loop trail segment.

 ADA Accessibility Notes

Trail does not meet full accessibility requirements. Average grade is 8-10 percent on all trails with numerous short sections that can reach 30%. Trail is uneven native tread surface, 24" wide with rock creek crossings.

 Pet Friendly Notes

No dogs are allowed at River Fork Ranch. However, dogs are allowed everywhere else and should be leashed everywhere near homes and at trailheads and under owner control elsehwere. Equestrians are allowed on all trails.

For More Information, Contact:

Jeremy Vlcan


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Longitude: -119.864959700
Latitude: 38.977560100
Elevation: 6321 FT (1927 M)
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