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The Faye-Luther Trail currently provides the only public trail access from the Carson Valley into the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The trail system is a joint effort of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest-Carson Ranger District, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office, the American Land Conservancy, and the Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA). 

The five-mile long Faye-Luther Trail provides majestic views of Job’s Peak to the northwest and the Pine Nut Mountains to the east of Carson Valley.  The non-motorized trail is open for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking during the dry season and is popular for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing when the snows are deep enough.

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Faye-Luther trails:
 Click here to link to nearby OHV motorized opportunities on BLM public land.

The trail up Faye-Luther Canyon starts at the U.S. Forest Service trailhead on the west side of Nevada State Route 206 (Foothill Road) in Douglas County, Nevada, and proceeds west into Alpine County, California.  The trail starts as a sandy path, but gets steep and rocky the farther uphill one goes.

Dogs on Leash:  there is a seasonal leash restriction rule in place on the Faye-Luther Trail - dogs must be on a leash from November 15 through March 30 to protect migrating deer in the area.  Also, owners must clean up their dog's waste at all times.  Look for the Poochie Poop Bag Dispenser just beyond the trailhead bulletin board.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Trailhead/Parking Lot Restrictions:  no overnight camping or campfires are allowed at the trailhead/parking facility.  There is no potable water or trash service at the trailhead, and users are asked to please pack home any trash that they brought in with them.

The American Land Conservancy and Carson Valley Trails Association spearheaded efforts in 1998 to create the 2.4 acre trailhead into Faye-Luther Canyon along Luther Creek.  The non-profit CVTA spearheaded the development of the popular Faye-Luther and Job's Peak Ranch trails and is currently working on trail easements in Genoa to provide access to public land in the Carson Range. For more information about CVTA, call 775-782-6859 or visit www.CarsonValleyTrails.org

Link to Faye-Luther Trail System Map in pdf

Photos of hikers on the Faye-Luther Trail.
The Faye-Luther Trail starts in Douglas County, Nevada, and treats hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers to tremendous views of Job's Peak and the Carson Valley while going uphill into Alpine County, California.
Photo of a trail marker for the California Historical Trail.
The Faye-Luther Trail crosses next to a marker for the California National Historical Trail, the route to California that carried over 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's (the greatest mass migration in American history).
Last updated: 05-04-2010