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Love it, slow and steady incline. Wide open space after the creek. This trail felt different than anything I’ve been on recently.... just wish I would’ve got here earlier in the season to see all the aspen leaves on the trees!!! Would recommend doing it in late September / early October to see the beautiful colors!

This is a fabulous hike! Steep incline to begin, then back up at the end! You cross the creek three times (: My pup loved. Would definitely do again!

Is a great place I like.to walk there

Started at thomas creek and did the 7 mile loop to white creek trail. Thomas Creek is good for all ages. There were hikers, walkers, bikers and dogs. Up to Dry Pond has switchbacks to help with elevation gain. Colors and creeks were gorgeous.

Very enjoyable, not too difficult. In the early morning there were a few people, but coming back down it got crowded. The Fall colors were glowing and the sound of the creek, even this late in the season, was so peaceful. Loved it.

*close to reno for afternoon getaway.
*lots of water for the dogs.
*mostly open air trail, little shade.
*a few mountain bikers.
*follows mostly creekside, also near residential areas....and a golf course on the opposite side of the creek.
*nice fall foliage along the creek- beautiful colors on october.

This is a beautiful hike, though the trail to the top of the peak is very easy to miss...we did! We hiked around mid morning and there were a lot of dogs on the trail. Many were unleashed.

This was a fantastic hike. Definitely a moderate challenge. Amazing views. I love how curvy the trail is... gives it diversity. The creek was flowing today and a nice background noise when you’re near it. Mountain views are amazing!

28 days ago

29 days ago

Very fun, beautiful and adventurous trail. It is rated easy but I wouldn’t say this trail is easy as some might expect it to be. Personally I would rate this moderate. There are steep and rough inclines/declines. As someone in a lower post said, I wouldn’t recommend for small children. Also note that the road to get to the trail is pretty rough. We did take it in a smaller car and made it through fine, just take it slow, you may also have to get out to move some of the bigger rocks. Other than that amazing trail.

*very nice little hike, not far from reno.
*crosses creek twice- good water for the dogs.
*nice shaded sections.
*not overly crowded and only one mountain bike.
*takes a couple of hours (we made a slow pace for looking at fall colors...)for a quick getaway.

1 month ago

Moderately rough road for 6 miles to get to trailhead—glad for the clearance on our Highlander. Trail moderately easy, but as others have noted, it’s easy to lose your way a bit in the rocky spots. Surprised there weren’t more cairns in those areas. Met a few backpackers on the trail, but had lovely Salmon Lake to ourselves—a treat on a gorgeous, autumn Sunday! Will do again, and continue to Loch Leven Lakes. Be aware, trail starts at about 6,500, so if you’re coming from sea level, you may feel the altitude, even though the trail isn’t hard.

Nice trail but has no signs when to tell you what leads to where when it branches off, in the midpoint I took off a wrong branch that got me to a dead end then I turned back. Mind horse manure by the way at some parts since it serves as a equestrian trail as well!

this is not a moderate hike. it is hard. 2100ft gain in 3 miles, the first mile is pretty much straight up. then switchbacks from there and you go up forever. the top is worth it. it's worth it to go the additional .5miles to churches pond. it was beautiful today. the aspens were so bright. I thought I was in pretty good hiking shape,but this climb kicked my butt-and my calves. and I got 6.97 miles.

Beautiful hike, mostly shade but a section uphill is nothing but sun. well marked and aspens are changing right now. Was easy for my pup and I.

1 month ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike which I would strongly recommend doing just before sunrise so you can really enjoy the spectacular views. Takes about an hour to get up and has a decent amount of vertical. This trail is not very well defined so make sure you’re keeping an eye on your GPS. You’re basically following the ridge up to the peak. You’ll know when you’re there

Great, easier hike. Perfect for kiddos and pups!

trail running
1 month ago

I ran this loop yesterday, one of my favorites in the fall. Stopped a lot for photos of the colors popping. This is a great easy run of an hour or so depending on how much you stop for photos! An easy, runnable climb from the TH to the saddle of about a mile, then take the counter clockwise loop for a beautiful slightly downhill run to the first creek where you're rewarded with beautiful golden aspen mixed in with the pines. Continue around the loop on easy runnable trail to get into another creek with Aspen. The trail is markedly improved since it was first built a few years ago. It finally gets to the bottom of the loop then climbs out steadily where running turns to hiking (for me) until you return to the end of the lollipop and begin the easy mile run back to the trailhead. Love love this trail!

1 month ago

*followed the app directions to this trail, but never found the actual trail.
*on the east side of the road is a trail to incline lake....connects to third creek trail....makes a nice late afternoon fall jaunt.
*plenty of water for the dogs.
*easy, relatively flat.

Great fall hike! Specs are correct. Took us 2 hours start to finish. The trail is marked very well, hard to get lost. Creek is running and the aspens are changing.

Beautiful and lush in Spring. Great for strollers, children, dogs.

First part of the trail next to the creek is special. The second half is steeper and more exposed, but still fun.

1 month ago

hiked out of whites creek parking area..spectacular!! two deer were right at the top of the lookout of galena! Saw the occasional hiker...Whites creek seemed to be full. Have done this hike several times...But first since 16

1 month ago

Great hiking trail, especially for dogs. Most of the trail is shaded and there’s an abundance of flowing water for dogs to drink from and splash around in. The scenery is pretty; trees, streams, and a view of a cool rock cliff (I don’t know what to call it) at one point on the trail. I didn’t find any parts of the hike to be very challenging so if you want a good workout just increase your pace:p

Longer than expected, but worth the trek.
The "loop" doesn't begin until over 1 mile into the hike.
Starting out at the parking lot, this trail follows and incline, into beautiful Jeffrey and Fir forest, with Manzanita and ground holly, making for a complete forested, shady, mid-day hike.
We started at 1:45pm, after lunch, and arrived back at the car, at 3:15, making this about a 2.5 hour hike.
Contrary to some other reviews, it is true to its specs, being about 4 and half miles, round trip. But with the inclines, and varying terrain in the actual loop, you end up climbing a long hill twice during the hike, making it feel longer than it actually is.
When we past the crest, we arrived at the fork for the start of the loop. The loop was amazing! Mostly sunny at first, but then arriving into a forest of aspen trees, a rushing creek, and cool breeze. The views of Mt. Rose and the Sierras were unobstructed and spectacular.
The loop essentially has three sections . . . a downgrade with views of the mountains, a low lying trail following the creek, and a sunny ascent back up to the crest.
I was so surprised the creek was running, at the end of summer, this late in September.
The aspen trees along the creek were just starting to turn color, leaving us to wonder what their color will be in early October! We want to come back soon.
Overall, this is a fun hike. Mostly shady. Several types of terrain, two types of forest, and remarkable views. It is marked well, and maintained by the county rangers.
Bring water, as the air is high and dry. Brink hiking equipment and trekking poles if you have a tough time with rocks . . . some spots had trail obstructions. And finally, if you are sensitive to the sun, bring a sun hat. About 1/3 of the trail is in full sun (along part of the loop).
We are looking forward to reviewing this trail in the winter, with snow gear.

Mike & Angel, EarthTrek Gear, EarthTrekGear.com

I did the Upper Thomas - Dry Pond - White’s Creek loop on a Monday morning. Beautiful. Mostly in shade, except for the downhill side of Dry Pond. Not too crowded, lots of friendly dogs being walked and a few courteous mountain bikers.

Sooo... I am a flat land 66yo from FL. I saw this trail and comments and it looked great. Would have been real good if the description mentioned it was 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles out, to get to the 4.2 mile loop. I was up for 4 miles, NOT 7 !!

Easy hike and great for kids! I also noticed a family with a stroller and another family with a wheelchair on this trail, so it’s a great hike for all abilities. It was a brisk and chill wind, but with a nice fleece or windbreaker it wasn’t too bad. My 4 year old loved stopping to read all the ‘stories’ on the interpretive signs.

This is a nice neighborhood hike. Don’t listen to the reviews that say to ignore the sign - that gave me a much longer hike indeed! It has some very nice views and a great trail to live by! I’d rank it on the easier side of moderate for sure.

2 months ago

Good workout, the sights are decent. Once is good enough for me

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