Centennial Loop - Trail, Carson City, Nevada

Centennial Loop - Trail, Carson City, Nevada

DESCRIPTION

Two connected 3-4 mile mostly singletrack loops in the hills north of Carson City. A nice after work ride. The first loop, often sandy, goes out towards Moundhouse. The second loop, more rocky, goes to the northwest. There are various options for additional exploring on Jeep trails. Some climbing, no shade, rocks, sand, wild horses, the occaisional coyote, and great views of the Sierra Nevada make this a typical northern Nevada desert ride.

USER REVIEWS

Showing 1-3 of 3  
[Jan 28, 2018]
Lopaka

Strength:

I ride Centennial in the winter months. If you want to ride this trail in the summer, do it early mornings or just before dark. There is never a problem accessing the trail system, the parking is excellent and the trail is just a few blocks from busy highway 50. (Park north of the Softball fields against the hill. The trail traverses up and to the right (east). You will come back to the car on this section because the trail is a lollipop, not a loop. Most of the trail drains well but there are a few stretches that can get muddy. The trail consists of a combination of bedrock, baby heads and smooth nice dirt and its 95% single track. Expect to see (and ride within a few feet of ) wild horses. Expect to ride through wild horse poop. Ride counterclockwise for the best experience. There are a few challenging pitches mixed in with some fast flowing sections.

Weakness:

Centennial has no real cover or shade and it is too hot to ride in the summer. In the summer months you will want to ride Ash Canyon or Clear Creek anyway. The loop is pretty short (7 miles) so do some figure 8's once you are on the hill to get more miles. I would rate it a solid beginner trail with a few intermediate sections mixed in. This is well built trail. There is not enough of it.

OVERALL
RATING
3
[Sep 30, 2005]
Kharybdis
Cross Country Rider

Best kept secret in Carson. I know people that ride this trail daily. Yep. It's that much fun. It's not really technical. Hell, even I can ride it without putting my foot down (no, really). The first little hill at the start of the trail might seem kind of intimidating to those not familiar with riding rocks, but compared with, say, the Tahoe Rim Trail, it's like riding on pavement. I have ridden this trial on Christmas day without any problem. As long as you're willing to wear appropriate gear, there will be very few days Centenial will not be open. The other descriptions do a better job than I can of describing the two loops and the milage and everything. Yeah, I have definately seen wild horses many times. Sometimes they don't even want to get off the trail. What I love are the amazing views of the Carson Range and the sureal shadows on the hills around the trail in the evening. Sometimes (like just last night) I have to stop my bike and stare in awe at the purple mountains and pink sky that to me are the real rewards of Centenial.

Customer Service

Most people do the loop out towards Moundhouse first and then come back and do the "Upper" loop second. That's what I usually do too. There is a connecting trail that allows you to do the Upper trail first, but if you are going out for the first time I would do it the traditional way. Also, if you get bored going around this way you can reverse direction and go up the really steep hill that you normally come down on the when you do the Upper loop. I have to admit I've never actually made it up that hill all the way, but I've seen other people do it.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Nuts. Flume Trail (of course). Other trails in and around Spooner State Park: Red House Flume, Outer Flume. Tahoe Rim Trail: Spooner to the Bench. Tahoe Rim Trail: Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek. Kings Canyon. Clear Creek. (Great roadbiking in this area too!)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 09, 2005]
Scott G.
Cross Country Rider

A number of singletrack trails built to IMBA standards, and fireroads threading throughout the BLM property. I also understand that there are trails leading right off the property that can be added to make truly Epic rides. An important note is that this network of trails is rideable all year, and during the winter is 99% snow free due to being in the snow shadow of the Carson range and also being South facing. Trails are not very technical, but involve a good mix of turns, downhills and climbs to keep it interesting and fun. Trails are mostly crushed rock type, so even when wet can be rideable and sustainable.

Customer Service

From the parking lot take trailhead and ride to your right. I follow a counter clockwise loop, that is about 7 miles long and follow this route for 3 laps which really makes a good ride.

Similar Products Used:

Prison Hill, but most of the trails are sand and climbs are pretty steep.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Showing 1-3 of 3  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2018 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.