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Pinyon Trail

 8 votes


5.4 Miles 8.8 Kilometers




400' 122 m


-400' -122 m



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6,057' 1,846 m


5,694' 1,736 m



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A great year-round beginner/intermediate ride in the Pine Nut area a short distance from Lake Tahoe.

Carlo Luri


Horses, hikers, and bikers only please. There are plenty of OHV trails nearby, but this trail was designed and permitted for non-motorized use only.
This is one of the few non-motorized trails in the area. It can typically be ridden year-round as this elevation does not see a lot of snow. May get a little hot mid-day during summer, so carry plenty of water. Fantastic views of the Carson range to the west and Pine Nut range to the east. The trail was recently completed (April 2015), through the volunteer efforts of the Carson Valley Trails Association in collaboration with BLM. The trail is a multi-user singletrack and can be narrow in places with a limited line of sight. Please be respectful of other users.
Dogs: Off-leash

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This is a perfect ride for after work or when you only have an hour to knock out a few miles. This trail is heavily used by runners, hikers, and equestrians. Bikes, please yield to other trail users. Be nice - say hi!


From US395 south of Gardnerville, NV take Pine Nut Rd East across from the 7-11. Continue straight through the new traffic circle then after a few miles bear left on Pine Nut Rd 2 before CV Fairgrounds. Continue on the paved road past the popular Ruhenstroth OHV trailhead. The road will turn to gravel at which point you still have 2 miles to go to reach the trailhead. When you arrive, you'll see a well-marked BLM trail sign on the left. There are no restrooms or other services nearby.

The singletrack trail climbs gently and circles a large knob with great views in all directions. It can be ridden both clockwise and counterclockwise. An approximate 3-mile loop starts one mile from the trailhead. You can ride the loop more than once if you want to make it a longer ride. This ride features a buff trail that meanders and climbs through typical high desert terrain (sage, pinyon pine, and juniper). If you enjoy the trails please consider volunteering for or donating to your local trails association.

For more information, check out Carson Valley Trails

History & Background

Carson Valley is rich in local pioneer history. For more information please visit


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Feb 3, 2018
Tasha Marie
Jan 20, 2018
John McGraw
Epic trail conditions today; virgin snow and chilly out
Dec 29, 2017
Tony Ayala
Oct 29, 2017
Tom Craig
Jul 3, 2017
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Vanya deJung
Fun trail.
May 29, 2017
Brian Dempsey
Fun little Trail.
Mar 20, 2017
Jenn Kotila
Awesome flowy trail. Had a lot of fun on this one.

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Check out and download MTBProject. My bucket list for the summer is to get all the Carson Valley trails logged on this app. May 13, 2015
We rode the Pinyon Trail today. It's so much fun and so beautifully laid out. It's one of the nicest trails I've been on, and is so reminiscent of the trails we ride near our home in Placitas, NM. We highly recommend this trail for everyone! Oct 12, 2017
Here is a 15 second video clip of going down the bottom part before the parking lot -… Jan 22, 2018

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