The Dirt: King's Canyon - Spooner Summit



The King's Canyon Trails and Spooner Summit area are  popular areas for all kinds of recreation, including OHV use, during the warmer months of the year. From Spooner Summit, visitors are extremely close to the Kingsbury Stinger and Genoa Peak Trail system, information which can also be found on our website. Spooner Summit features many scenic vistas of the Tahoe basin, while the approach up King's Canyon Road/NF-309 has some fine views of Nevada's capitol city. Winter weather presents added difficulties and hazards to the trail, including snow drifts and erosion. Ride with care.

The trail can be accessed from the staging area on King's Canyon Road, and terminates on Highway 50 near Spooner Summit. There are a large number of non-motorized pedestrian, equestrian, and mountain bike trails in this area, including the Waterfall Trails and the Ash Canyon to King's Canyon Trail. Some roads in the area terminate or abut private property. Be mindful of where you ride, avoid fences, and heed signage. The area is extremely popular with locals and traffic can be expected most days of the year. Other nearby natural attractions include the Tahoe Rim Trail, and the Desolation, Granite Chief, Indian Hills, and Mt. Rose Wilderness Areas.


From North Carson Street/Downtown Carson City:

  • Drive West on Musser St. for 3 blocks.
  • Turn left onto Division Street and continue for one block.
  • Turn right onto King Street/NF-309/King's Canyon Road and continue for 2.5 miles.
  • A large, multiuse staging area will appear, along with roadside parking and kiosks.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: United States Forest Service

USFS Carson Ranger District
1536 S. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-2766

USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
35 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 543-2600

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.

Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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