A lot of people know about Lake Tahoe, the fun lake activities and mountain trails, but few venture beyond the perimeter of the lake.
On the Nevada side, about 20 minutes from the Lake, is a small town nestled in Carson River valley - Genoa.
It's actually the first settlement in Nevada, established by Mormons for travelers on the California Trail and to this day, maintains that old western American feel. I could definitely imagine cowboys roaming these streets!
As you drive through the town you come across Eagle Ridge and situated at the top of the neighborhood is the Eagle Ridge trailhead, which offers a variety of trails both for hiking and mountain biking.
1 path for hikers and another for bikers
Living in San Francisco I'm used to micro climates and it's the same thing here. Carson River valley can be as much as 10 degrees warmer than Lake Tahoe - even in the winter so prepare accordingly, especially in the summer. We came here during Labor Day weekend when the Bay Area had a record breaking heat wave (averaging 100 degrees). While Lake Tahoe was definitely cooler it still got up to the low 90's. Being a husky and so furry mom has to be particularly careful about how much time we spend outside so this time we did a short 4 mile in/out hike along Discovery Trail. But we're definitely planning on coming back to do a full loop.