Favorite Sierra hikes

Earlier in the week, we asked what some of your favorite hikes in the area are. Here are some of your responses, which we’ll add to our Valleypedia section under the hiking section. If anyone has any additional hikes, they can send them to joey@carsonvalleytimes.com or post to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cvalleytimes. Here are the early responses:

Frog Lake.
Photo by John Hefner Sr.
Frog Lake.

From John Hefner Sr: The hike to Frog lake isn’t too difficult for us old folks! Head to Carson Pass Visitors shack (too small to be a center). It’s only about a mile from the Pass.

Julie Combos added to the Frog Lake hike:  If you want to go a little farther up the trail, Winnemucca Lake is just 1.5 miles further up the trail once you get to Frog Lake, it is well worth the walk.  You will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers as well as another beautiful lake.

Photo by Julie Combos Winnemucca Lake.
Photo by Julie Combos
Winnemucca Lake.

Chris Dickerson recommended the Genoa Trail System. You can read more about that at this link.

Kevin Morton likes the hike to Mt. Tallac. Details and directions to that hike can be found at this link.

Photo by Kevin Morton. The view from Mt. Tallac
Photo by Kevin Morton.
The view from Mt. Tallac

And Joe Andrews revealed a growing Valley tradition. Once a year, a group of Block D alumni, new and old, get together and climb the “Big 3” Freel Peak, Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak.

Photo by Joe Andrews The Block D Big 3 hike of Freel, Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak.
Photo by Joe Andrews
The Block D Big 3 hike of Freel, Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak.

This year will be the fourth annual “Block D Big 3.” It has evolved over the years, but the group has dialed the loop  in to starting and ending in hope valley in one big circuit that is just over 10 miles.

Andrews says the group that goes has gotten bigger and bigger each year, with 25 people last year.  The trail head is off of a rough dirt road off of Highway 89 near Luther Pass. About 10 minutes in from 89 there is a trail head that crosses a bridge and heads up to Armstrong Pass and connects with the Rim trail. This leads to an intersection that comes up from Oneidas and from Star Lake. From there, it is a mile or so to the top of Freel. Then it is pretty straight forward to get to Jobs Sister and then to Jobs as there are trails to both that can be seen from Freel.


Coming down from Jobs, the group takes the trail that heads back down into Hope Valley where the cars are. The hike is usually followed up by a quick trip to the lake and then to Izzy’s Burger Spa for dinner.


Andrews says this year’s hike is coming up extremely soon. He can be contacted at jandrews@dcsd.k12.nv.us. If you miss this year’s run, they’ll be going up again next year.

Additionally, the Carson Valley Trails Association has trail maps for trails it has constructed and trails it maintains at its Web site at www.carsonvalleytrails.org.

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