Carson River Rd to Diamond Valley Rd

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Michael and I did this out and back route with friends during our long weekend up in Alpine County. This short ride was a little warm up to the Alta Alpina Wild Sierra Century that we were to partake in the next day.

We park our cars at Woodfords and head east along CA 88/Carson Pass Hwy. The turn onto Carson River Rd is right off of CA 88; you can immediately see the great smooth pavement ahead!

This sagebrush lined road runs along the east Carson River with scenic views of vibrant green pastoral meadows.

The turn on Diamond Valley Rd has a couple of climbs up to the water tower with gradient ranges from 6-9%. The descent drops you through the heart of the valley with dramatic scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges-it’s amazing!

You have zero traffic concerns on this well maintained road. Grazing cattle can be seen throughout the meadows with hawks hovering above us in the sky.

This area is also home to the Southern Washoe Tribe: HUNG A LEL TI-what a beautiful place to be!

There are a few ranches situated in this valley with plenty of free roaming grass fed cattle. You can even catch a glimpse of the tributary to Carson River. 

The muted colors of the mountains, sage brushes and rocky terrain provides a very soothing environment that makes the whole riding experience here quite peaceful and calm. This valley certainly has its own beauty!

You’re near the end of the road when you pass through the pines to the intersection with CA 89. This is the point where we turn around and reverse the route back to Woodfords.

This is a wonderful short route to get your legs moving and to enjoy the mountain air!

23 miles with 1309′ of elevation gain

Weather: FANTASTIC! Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the high 70’s to low 80’s


The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

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