Ride Report: Clear Creek Trail – Carson City, Nevada

I’ve gotta say, I’m super impressed with the recent riding I’ve been doing around Carson City.  Ash Canyon and the new Kings Canyon ST were my first taste of the fantastic riding in the area.  This trip to the Clear Creek Trail didn’t disappoint.  After talking with a few locals, and Jeff who runs bikecarson.com, it seems as if there’s a great coalition of advocates and a couple stellar trail builders that are getting things going.  Honestly, I’m jealous.  Obviously, the land managers have to be in agreement, and there’s got to be $$ coming from somewhere – but, WOW – these trails are coming fast and furious, and from the sound of it, this is just the beginning.  Mammoth and the INF could learn a lesson or two 🙂

Climbing to the sky

Climbing to the sky through sagebrush and desert terrain.

So, what brings me to Carson City this time?  Toilets.  Yup, the good old “crapper” excuse.  Finally got off my lazy butt and took the credit from the water district to upgrade my toilets to newer, water saving units.  Great reason to hit up Home Depot, right?

Five toilets in the back with just enough room for the bike to fit in the middle.  Perfect!

Five toilets in the back with just enough room for the bike to fit in the middle. Perfect!

Ok, then.  What a coinkeedink.  The trailhead for Clear Creek just happens to be one mile from Home Depot.  Imagine that.  Well, it would be a travesty to not take a bike ride.

Obligatory trailhead sign.

Obligatory trailhead sign.

Clear Creek is a blast.  It wiggles and dances along the natural contours of the mountainous terrain.  You barely feel like you’re climbing.  It’s a smartly constructed singletrack, with the flow of mountain biking in mind.  Sure, it is open to equestrian and hikers as well – but from the amount of tire tracks, it seems the most popular for bikes.  That being said, you’ve still gotta keep a hairy eyeball scanning for people and horses as well.  I love how you start in desert / sagebrush terrain, and before you know it, you’re up in an alpine region, riding through trees and creek crossings.

High up in the alpine portion of the ride near Knob Point.  So close to town, yet it feels remote.

High up in the alpine portion of the ride near Knob Point. So close to town, yet it feels remote.

As it stands now, this is an out-and-back ride.  It’s about 10 miles each way, for a grand total of 20ish miles and 2k of climbing.  From what I hear, there are plans to extend and connect this trail with others for an even more mondo experience – they’re trying to work with private land owners, etc right now.  As is, this trail is an A+.  The climbing grade is totally manageable – my 32:17 gearing was perfect – and knowing that you’re gonna get to enjoy this dirt ribbon of fun on the way down is motivation as your lactic acid builds.

Okee dokes then – another fun Carson adventure in the books — Looking forward to some more riding in Nevada soon 🙂

I couldn't find a map online, so this one at the kiosk is the best I can do.  If you just go to the trailhead on Jacks Valley Rd (about a mile past the Home Depot) - you'll be fine.

I couldn’t find a map online, so this one at the kiosk is the best I can do. If you just go to the trailhead on Jacks Valley Rd (about a mile past the Home Depot) – you’ll be fine.

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