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.
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