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It’s not suitable for hiking! It’s too steep. The path is not beautiful and there is not any sign in the path. The path is rocky and slippery.

walking
20 days ago

*quite a lot of this trail is on gravel road.
*lots of mountain bikes on trail.
*road noise for a long time on the walk.
*water for the dogs.
*would be nice shade in the hot months.
*lake was nice- people catching fish.
*nice.

easy and dog friendly.

2nd time around..get up there to see a fire at around donner lake or hwy 89 yesterday..makes u realize hikers vulnerabilities..great views and great scramble up once you get up past first turret..not a trekking pole hiker but they may come into play on way down..

hiking
1 month ago

Views, river and high desert sunshine.
This trail is a picturesque trail, with a good running terrain in the west-Reno foothills of the Sierras.
Park at Mayberry park or near the Patagonia warehouse. Follow west along the river to the crossing bridge.
It took us about 1 hour and 10 minutes., there is one steep spot that lasts for about 10 minutes of walking, then a gradual descent all the way back.
It is an ideal trail to take during late spring or fall.
We hiked this trail on a Saturday morning, looking at the fall colors along the Truckee River.
After you cross the bridge, follow the sign and narrow trail as it goes up a steep grassy ravine. When we topped off, you'll be able to enjoy sweeping views of the city of Reno, and western valleys of the Truckee Meadows, all from atop a grassy plateau.
The trail connects with many other BLM trails you can explore. We took the straightest distance to form a loop. Just stick to the main trail headed northwest towards the river. If some of the other trails confuse you, simply use this AllTrails app to see the main route, or better yet, explore a new area of the plateau. Eventually, the trail comes back down and follows behind a neighborhood. We followed this back to the trail merge at the bridge again.
The West Plateau loop is good trail for early morning or late afternoons, as mid-day, there is too much sun.
Also, there is one creek to cross that only has makeshift boards, but it made the walk interesting.
We will be coming back to watch a sunset over the valley.
- Mike and Angel EarthTrek Gear

the first part of the trail is good for all ages due to it is flat and just a nice walk through the old train tunnels. However the loop part is definitely for more experience and for people that are in shape. If you are not experience tour in shape you can still do the loop but be advised that it is climbing a hillside. But over all is was a wonderful hike and my group had a good time.

I love this hike! It involves the Donner train tunnels and the China wall of the Sierra! I love getting some history with my hike. Oh and don’t forget to see the petroglyphs near the bottom!

Great ride.

Quite windy today, but beautiful skies and miles and miles of visibility. Trail is in good condition, although a bit loose going up the last 3/4 mile (all walkable if careful)

Very steep incline for the first half of the loop but overall a good short hike. Great view over Reno.

This hike has great views. It's pretty moderate until the last mile, then it's steep. Bring poles, it can be pretty slippery. Lots of loose gravel and sand.

backpacking
1 month ago

I've done this as a snowshoe day hike in the winter, an overnight backpacking with snowshoes in the winter, and a spring/summer hike. All times have been great with different experiences! One of my favorite go-to's when I need a quick hike that I'm familiar with and won't get lost.

Fun little hike before the snows return. If actually trying to bag the true summit keep in mind it’s the easternmost crag. Def a bit of exposed class 3 climbing to get up top but we still managed to get up in a little under two hours.

love the old tunnels, not really a hike but one of my favorites none the less. a beautiful view of the lake in the middle of a tunnel turn out.

Beautiful day. Pristine blue skies. Fairly easy hike. Quick 20-ish min to Azalea, and only an extra 10 to Flora. Well worth it. Pay attention to your GPS to bounce off to the right to get to the lakes. Small column of stacked stones where the trail departs the PCT, but no sign. Great time spent outdoors, and an absolutely stunning area to explore. We will be back more than a few times, I suspect.

Great hike with amazing views! Going down was a little tough/slippery... bring gloves!

hiking
2 months ago

I have done castle Peak at least 5 times. I have completely circled it and spent a night at Warren lake. I have also done Andesite and Basin Peaks.This is an amazing area. It is loose and steep up the final ridge. Bring poles. Also you can park closer if you have a high clearance vehicle. We mad a video of our last ascent it can be found on YouTube at Chris and Bobs adventure channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpJF3zCamY0

Great day hike. Poles would've been a smart idea since it is rocky and slippery in spots. Beautiful views ❤️

absolutely beautiful

I love this trail! Its so easy to access and full of variety and wildlife, with plenty of options for connecting to other trails and more elevation gain.

Amazing. Stupendous. And very pleasant; not a killer. =]

Lower section is open to high clearance vehicles in summer. Suggest taking Pacific Crest Trail to the junction near Castle Ridge. Also note short extension on PCT to Peter Grubb Hut at Round Meadow.

Beautiful views. Mostly covered (in tunnels)

I love scrambles and steep hikes but the trail was so slippery it wasn’t fun. Constantly trying not to fall. The views were pretty good but there are certainly much better hikes in the area

8-AUG-2018

Great day Hike! yes the first 2 miles or so are tough, but take periodic breaks every 15 minutes or so and you'll make it. The trail levels out around 2.5 miles and the rest is really easy going. It took me 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the Resovior, and an hour and 30 minutes to get back without any stops. Overall a very fun hike, I couldn't see many views due to all the smoke but what I saw was nice.

The hike was pretty boring for the most part. The tunnels were cool for a while, but kinda sketchy and they got old after a while. After that, the hike to the top was great. Steep, rocky, and loose made for an epic day. The views are the top were great!

It was gorgeous and well worth it. We never found one trail sign though and asked other hikers along the way. There are several other trails to other destinations so it is too bad it has no signage. The only one we saw was the PCT marker.

Great hike 8/23/18. Two 60+ year old women did the hike no problem. Not as rocky or slippery despite my fears after reading some of the reviews. That being said, I left my dogs (2 Border Collies) at home. Would not recommend bringing a dog. Hard on their feet and they could literally fall off a cliff if you’re going to the very tippy top. Plus it’s very sun exposed. Made it all the way up to the top Castle Peak and then continued on the the ridge over to Basin Peak and back down on the PCT past Peter Grub Hut (very interesting). Total miles probably close to 9.5. Unfortunately my phone died toward the end of recording the hike. Would do this again. Incredible views.

No off-road driving!

Great easy trail for kids and adults. Beautiful scenery. Not well marked at the 1/2 way Point but the trail goes off to the right for a shorter hike to the lake or left for a longer loop. Helps to keep the app running to make sure you stay on the trail.

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