simple, and easy. i do this trail on my lazy days lol.

Get on the loop (indicated w/ black ants on the map) heading south. Continue southward beyond the loop, looking east for a green horse gate, then follow a narrow, steep, easily identifiable trail to the summit of Hidden Valley peak for an elevation gain of ~1500' (6000' alt). At times very steep, with rock scrambling to the summit. Not a single soul encountered. Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous. Time: less than 3hrs

The trick to hidden valley is straying from the normal trails. Go through the horse gates, and explore. Within hidden valley you'll find an SUV that has been there for probably 30 years. Up on one of the hills you'll find a giant rock ring along with fantastic views of Reno. To get to both of these you'll gain elevation(a lot of elevation with the rock ring), but it's my favorite hike around here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The lower park trails are pretty well marked, but very flat and boring. If you're in decent shape, you have to go through the horse gate and up into the hills to appreciate this area. Once you go through the gate, the signs disappear, so you're on your own. The grades are pretty tough, partially because they're mostly loose gravel. I'd give it three stars, but the views from up in the hills are pretty amazing. Almost zero shade, so be prepared on hot days. Recommend insect spray for the biting flies in the warm months.