One of the many benefits of living in Carson City is that we’re situated just immediately to the east of the Sierra Nevada, which means that we’re living a short distance from a handful of trails that beg to be hiked. Earlier today, I ventured into the foothills that you can see from my driveway. They’re so close that I like to think of them as my side yard. While the map I brought along didn’t include all of the different trails that people have made up there, I found my way around without any problems. You wouldn’t think that some of the hills rise approximately 935 feet above the city, but I could sure feel it in my legs both going up and down. I enjoyed the view of the trees across the west side neighborhoods – trees that you don’t expect to find in a high desert. It took me about four hours to wander 7.6 miles. I plan to return soon so I can see where the other paths lead.