Description - The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest extends along the eastern front of the the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the Nevada/California border in a strip about 15 miles wide and 96 miles long. From a few miles northwest of Reno, the lands stretch to the south along the Carson Range, passing between Lake Tahoe and Carson City, then on to Sonora Peak on the crest and Topaz Lake at the foot.
The Washo Indians inhabited the eastern slopes of these mountains in northern Nevada and eastern California. The name "Toiyabe" comes from from a Shoshone Indian term meaning the "lack mountains" and from a distance, these mountains look black because of the dark green pinyon and juniper stands covering the mountain range.
Furthermore the Carson ranger District offers visitors to the area many differing recreational opportunities such as fishing, historical sites, camping, wildlife viewing within volcanic canyons horse back riding, etc. Areas include; Lookout, Mt. Rose, Davis Creek County Park, Washoe Lake State Park and Hunter Camp.
* Always carry drinking water.
* Hike in single file to keep trails narrow and wild.
* Prevent erosion, follow the trail and do NOT cut switch backs.
* Keep trails clean, pack out ALL paper and trash.
* Protect plants and wildlife.
LEAVE NO TRACE!
- There are eight developed campgrounds and several smaller undeveloped sites on the Carson Ranger District. Campgrounds are normally available on a first come, first served basis, with some sites available for reservation.
The Carson Pass Scenic Byway offers a pleasant motoring experience for those who pass through the area and want a glimpse of the beauty of the Sierra Nevadas. From the east, the Byway climbs above the scenic Carson Valley, through the rugged Woodfords Canyon and eventually opens up into high mountain valleys, then over Carson Pass and finally descends into California's Central Valley. This byway has been described as one of the most scenic in the nation.
The district encompasses atleast portions of the Mt. Rose Wilderness, the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and the Mokelumne Wilderness. Many of the trails on the district pass through these wilderness areas.
Recreation - The Carson Ranger District offers various recreational opportunities for visitors to the area, these include: camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, water activities, boat launching, viewing nature, ice-skating and picnicking.
Climate - Summers at the fort are hot with daytime highs of 94°F and nighttime lows of 58°F in July. Winters are cold with occasional snow.
The Carson Ranger District is located in western Nevada, along the California border, near Lake Tahoe, Reno and Carson City. The area is accessed by 80, 395, 95 and 50. The District office is found in Carson City.