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Genoa Loop

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A Genoa Trail System classic--this loop hits the area's highlights.


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8.4

Miles

13.5

KM

85%

Singletrack

6,150' 1,874 m

High

4,775' 1,456 m

Low

1,402' 427 m

Up

1,471' 448 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Overview

A fun but challenging route up and down canyons and across the eastern face of the mountains directly above the oldest community in the state of Nevada. Offering shaded riding through the forest, a few creek crossings, and spectacular views all across the Minden Valley.

Need to Know

The southern leg of this route utilizes the Lower Genoa Canyon Trail and should be the main consideration when deciding which direction to ride this loop. This mile and a half of trail is narrow, has numerous tight switchbacks with a lot of exposure to falling. It’s not that the grade of the trail is overly steep but the terrain it is built upon is. Riders own skill level should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to climb or descend this section of trail.

Description

A little over a mile of this loop is on the main road through the small town of Genoa. Public parking is available at several locations in town including the Mormon Station State Historic Park, or a few designated spots near the Sierra Canyon trailhead.

Riding the loop counter-clockwise, the singletrack starts at the Sierra Canyon trailhead and immediately starts climbing up the canyon through the forest. The first section is steep with many switchbacks but completely ride-able, and mellows out a little after the first mile.

Just after the intersection with the Sierra Canyon Trail and a second creek crossing, the route takes off across the face of some of the mountains still climbing but also offering great views of the Minden Valley below. Eventually, riders will come to a sign warning of the technical trail conditions ahead, please heed these warnings until familiar with the characteristics of this section. From here, it is all steep downhill right back to the pavement on the south end of town.

The intersection with the Sierra Canyon Trail is the only other trail crossed and is signed well. However, there are a couple places this trail forks with no signs that can cause confusion. These are simply forks in the trail around difficult build spots, the trails come back together a short distance later, choosing the fork with the most obvious traffic wear is advised.

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Daniel Christianson

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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Photos

End of ride - just before the last creek crossing.
May 14, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV
End of ride - headed back to the Genoa Cyn trailhead and a frosty cold one at the Genoa Bar.
May 14, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV
Cruising the runout after negotiating the steep tricky switchbacks and long downhill out of Genoa Cyn. Good to bring layers, the sun and temps drop fast toward the end of the day.
May 14, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV
Taking a break from the long climb to admire the wildflowers and view of Carson Valley below.
May 14, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV
After crossing one of the several water features on the Genoa Loop.
May 14, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV
A steep and skinny decent on the Lower Genoa Canyon Trail.
Jun 25, 2017 near Kingsbury, NV

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Jun 21, 2020
Cliff Lange
May 24, 2020
Eloy Lopez
May 18, 2020
Elias Jimenez
Jun 7, 2019
Steven Dietrich
May 29, 2019
carey ballard
Rode it counter clockwise but would like to reverse it. 8.4mi
May 13, 2019
Jim Maher
Great ride with a ton of switchbacks. 8.5mi — 3h 00m
Nov 12, 2018
Adam Buechley
Fun ride! Lots of switchbacks!
Aug 20, 2017
Jason Call