Kings Canyon Trail

Carson City, Nevada

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This trail begins at the intersection of King Street and Mountain Street, 0.4 miles west of US 395, and heads west from the suburbs of Carson City toward the Carson Mountain Range. Traveling on paved King Street, the road soon becomes Kings Canyon Road. After approximately 1.6 miles, you can see evidence of the Waterfall Wildfire from July 2004 on the surrounding landscape. In the fire, 8,799 acres were burned, and 31 homes, 3 businesses, 32 out buildings, and 51 vehicles were lost or damaged. It is believed the fire started as a result of an escaped campfire. Special Attractions: Chance to travel the route of a historic emigrant trail. Expansive views south over the Carson Valley from the shelf road. Exciting, challenging 4WD road.
Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Peter Massey, Angela Titus, Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This trail begins at the intersection of King Street and Mountain Street, 0.4 miles west of US 395, and heads west from the suburbs of Carson City toward the Carson Mountain Range. Traveling on paved King Street, the road soon becomes Kings Canyon Road.

After approximately 1.6 miles, you can see evidence of the Waterfall Wildfire from July 2004 on the surrounding landscape. In the fire, 8,799 acres were burned, and 31 homes, 3 businesses, 32 out buildings, and 51 vehicles were lost or damaged. It is believed the fire started as a result of an escaped campfire. Special Attractions: Chance to travel the route of a historic emigrant trail. Expansive views south over the Carson Valley from the shelf road. Exciting, challenging 4WD road.

© 2008 Peter Massey, Angela Titus, Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Carson City
Distance: 11.9
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Best April to September
Local Contacts: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Topo Map: Kings Canyon Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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11/18/2017

I decided to attempt this trail on a sunny late winter afternoon, after several unusually abundant days of rain. The start of the trail is fairly bumpy, with small rocks unavoidably scattered throughout. Your first challenge is roughly 1/8th of the way through, as you'll reach some deep ruts and corrugations. At this point, I shifted into low range, and it was no issue to my 4 door Wrangler on 32" tires. Lines can easily be picked to avoid any bottoming out. Later however, about 1/6th of the way through, you'll reach some deep ungulations that did put my skid plates to minor use, as I approached them at roughly 10 mph, and could have avoided contact had I slowed down. Another set of 'waves' will greet you about 1/4 of the way through, as well as the occasional rut/wash out. Small patches of snow will begin to appear at this point, pending on the season and recent weather of course. Nearing half way through, I had to pass between some narrow foliage, that did do its fair share of brushing against my Jeep. But honestly, if a scratch or two bothers you, you've picked the wrong hobby. Gorgeous views of the valley below present themselves with grassy patches and copious pine trees. You definitely get the vibe that bears are abound. The scenery is quite beautiful. I wish I could have completed this trail, but I reached a large boulder blocking me from proceeding about half way through. I'm not sure how long it's been there, but it measures about 3ft by 2 ft in size and would likely require 37" tires and reinforced rock sliders to crawl over without damage. The boulder is unfortunately positioned at a narrow point in the trail, thus eliminating the possibility to go around it. I used 4th gear/low from the first obstacle onward. No use of the differential locks was required for the duration I was able to traverse.

7/23/2017

First of all: 4x4 is mandatory on this trail. Completed the trail in a stock Lexus GX470 (Similar to 2003-2008 4runner) with 30.5 inch tires. Ended up banging up my running boards at one section. Also have a lot of pin striping because the trail gets really narrow in certain sections and bushes have grown. But it is doable in a stock 4x4 with a short wheel base and narrow body (or if you don't mind running board / panel damage.) Really good trail to push yours and your rigs limits at an intermediate level. ATV or dirt bike would be better for this trail.

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