The Dirt: Kingsbury Stinger & Genoa Peak Trails



Kingsbury Stinger and Genoa Peak are  popular areas for OHV and all kinds of recreational activities in warmer weather months, as well as OSV activities in winter and early spring. The eastern shore of the lake is less developed and offers sweeping views of Lake Tahoe to the western and the Carson Valley to the east. This riding area has trails suitable for motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTVs. The trail to Genoa Peak 9.3 miles in length and is perfect for a day trip.

The road can be accessed from the staging area on Genoa Park Road. If you continue north, the trails will continue into the South Camp Peak Trail system which mainly consist of old fire and service roads. Some roads in the Genoa Peak area terminate in private property. Be mindful of where you ride. There is a high recreational diversity at Genoa peak, including but not limited to hiking and biking. Be sure to check out the Tahoe Rim Trail and surrounding wilderness areas such as Desolation, Granite Chief, and Mt. Rose.

The Kingsbury area is also very popular with snowmobilers and other OSV enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for Forest Service boundary signage, and please be respectful of private property, especially around lower elevations.

This popular and well-used riding area also offers amazing views of Lake Tahoe. Contrary to popular belief, the Lake Tahoe Basin was formed by systematic normal faulting and not by a collapsed volcano. This kind of faulting is seen all over Nevada and is characteristic of The Basin and Range geologic province. 2-million-year-old eruptions from extinct Mount Pluto acted as a dam, trapped snow melt in the basin, and eventually created the lake we see today! Subsequent formation of thick ice and glaciers in the Sierra Nevada during the Ice Age (820,000-13,000 years ago) gouged out the many beautiful bays and inlets of Lake Tahoe and created many of the glacial U-Shaped valleys  for which the east side of the Sierras are known. 


From North Carson Street/Downtown Carson City:

  • Drive South on US Highway 395 for 13 miles.
  • Turn right onto Nevada State Route 757/Muller Lane and continue straight for 3 miles.
  • Turn left onto Nevada State Route 206/Foothill Road for 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto Nevada State Route 207/Kingsbury Grade for 8 miles.
  • Turn right onto North Benjamin Drive/Andria Drive for one mile.
  • Continue onto Genoa Peak Road. A large parking/staging area will appear very quickly.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: US Forest Service Carson Ranger District

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

Land Manager

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