The Carson Range is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and is on the western side of the Basin and Range region. It's located mostly in Nevada, but parts of it are also in California. It's located between Lake Tahoe and the cities of Reno, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville. Luther Pass (Hwy 89) is at the south end of the range and the Truckee River (I-80) is at the north end.
The Carson Range has a lot of recreational opportunities. There are several popular peak hikes in the Carson Range including; Snow/sunflower, Mount Rose, Jobs, Jobs sister and Freel peaks. The Tahoe Rim trail runs north-south through the Carson Range. Spooner and Marlette Lakes are popular recreation areas in the range and of course Lake Tahoe, which is on the western border of the range, is extremely popular and hosts a wide range of summer and winter recreational activities. In addition, the Mount Rose Wilderness Area is in the Carson range.
Some of the wildlife you can find in the Carson Range include: Snowshoe Hare, Black Bear, mountain beaver, hoary bat, American marten, golden-mantled ground squirrel, Townsend's solitaire, pygmy nuthatch, orange-crowned warbler, western tanager, golden eagle, rattle snake and gopher snake, just to name a few. Some flora that can be found in the range include: Jeffery pine, lodgepole pine, sugar pine, white and red fir, mountain mahogany mountain alder, bitterbrush, sagebrush, paintbrush, and wild rose, again, just to name a few.
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