McConnell Creek Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winnemucca, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
cross country skiing
You will need a high clearance vehicle to access this trailhead, possibly a 4WD vehicle in early spring when the creeks are flowing high. You will turn at the rest stop and continue going through the cattle guard. Veer right at the first crossing, then left at the second crossing where the road will get rougher. We parked a few hundred feet before the trail starts. Like other trails in this wilderness, there doesn't seem to be any maintenance. Some parts are washed out or overgrown, so we had downloaded the topo map to keep on trail. You see cool rock formations on this short hike though! There some phyllite and I think sandstone. The trail eventually ends ~2.5 miles in where you have excellent views of Santa Rosa peak. From what I've read from peakbaggers, this is the shortest route to summit the peak but you have to bushwhack it from this trail. The aspens in the fall were pretty, and I'm sure when there's snow on Santa Rosa Peak, it's beautiful!