Fay-Luther Loop Trails

Gardnerville, Nevada

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Thanks to the efforts of the Carson Valley Trails Association, the Fay Canyon–Luther Creek area now has a fine network of trails crisscrossing the Sierra foothills through sagebrush scrub, Jeffrey pine forest, and riparian environments. Periodic views of the Carson Valley and the east side of the Carson Range provide visual treats from a variety of vantages. The three loops below are described as stand-alone trips, but they could easily be combined with one another to form one giant loop of about 5 miles, with very little backtracking necessary. The area is quite popular with the equestrian crowd, so hikers should be prepared to move off the trail as necessary. Anyone seeking a longer trip can combine any of these loops with the journey up the canyon.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Thanks to the efforts of the Carson Valley Trails Association, the Fay Canyon–Luther Creek area now has a fine network of trails crisscrossing the Sierra foothills through sagebrush scrub, Jeffrey pine forest, and riparian environments. Periodic views of the Carson Valley and the east side of the Carson Range provide visual treats from a variety of vantages.

The three loops below are described as stand-alone trips, but they could easily be combined with one another to form one giant loop of about 5 miles, with very little backtracking necessary. The area is quite popular with the equestrian crowd, so hikers should be prepared to move off the trail as necessary. Anyone seeking a longer trip can combine any of these loops with the journey up the canyon.

© 2016 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Gardnerville
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Various
Season: Best March through November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 775-882-2766, www.fs.usda.gov/htnf; BLM at 775-885-6000, blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html **Note** - This trail guide contains 3 separate trails than be done separately or combined
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Woodfords (trail not shown), CVTA Fay-Luther–Jobs Peak Ranch Trail
Topo Map: Fay-Luther Loop Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/28/2009

This is a cool horse trail for someone that wants a quick work out. As you can see by the map picture there are a few trails that branch out from the main trail. But all in all a good work out and the views aren't bad either. Lots of steep up hill toward the top, and a lot of sand at the beginning of the trail.

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