Parking is available near the water tanks or travel (hike, mountain bike, drive) the narrow, unpaved, high-clearance road for 3.5 miles to scenic views at the Ash Canyon Open Space property and fishing access at the Hobart Reservoir, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Interpretive signs. NO SERVICES.
Ash Canyon is an important perennial drinking water source for
Carson City. It is also an area heavily utilized by hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists,
OHVs, and street vehicles.
Ash Canyon is located in the Carson Range immediately west of Carson City, Nevada. The Ash Canyon watershed is comprised of steep gradients and highly erodible granitic soils. Ash Canyon Creek is an important municipal water source for Carson City, which maintains a diversion structure located at the mouth of the canyon. The diversion structure is vulnerable to sedimentation and damage as a result of storm water debris. Sediment from the canyon also flows through and deposits in the city stormwater system on its way to the Carson River.
The Ash Canyon Road is open for public use and is the primary access to Hobart Reservoir, a popular alpine fishery. It is a single‐lane improved dirt road nearly five miles in length that begins at the western urban interface of Carson City at approximately 4,900 feet in elevation and terminates at the Sierra Crest at approximately 8,000 feet in elevation. It is the only public vehicular access into the crest of the Sierra between Highway 50 at Spooner Summit and State Route 431 at Mount Rose