Explore the most popular trail running trails in Mount Rose Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a really beautiful hike. The trail winds along a creek at first. There is plenty of shade and the trail is switchbacks which makes it easier. You can hike to the top of the hill to the pond and a little farther for views of Carson City. A LOT of bikers so watch out because they come down fast. I did the hike in the fall and summer and both were enjoyable. You can continue and loop around in both directions at the top if you want. More can be found on my blog (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2017/10/20/dry-pond-hike)

hiking
9 days ago

Did this trail for a bit more of a challenge and to migrate closer to the Mt. Rose wilderness area. Getting to the trail head was a good time as you do get to take some dirt roads. They are well maintained but could easily see issues for a 2WD vehicle after a heavy rain or snow. The unit management does a great job in both maintaining the road and the trail. Trail is very easy to follow and there are signs marking when trails cross as there are multiple paths to be taken.

I didn't see many people, maybe a dozen or so on my morning hike - and mainly on my return route. About as many mountain bikers as hikers, and all were courteous when crossing paths. There is a bit more variety to the typical 'out and back' trail as there are two different paths you can take in certain areas (one meant for horses and the other for hikers / bikes, but to me it offered a much appreciated slight variety in my surroundings). If you take both the horse path and the "people path" when they split, I recommend the horse going out and the people path on the way back. Its very refreshing to be so close to the stream when you're finishing up your hike.

There were no particularly difficult areas to cross or deal with. Pretty much you're on a well-defined dirt trail the entire hike. The challenge comes from the change in elevation, but the views are more than worth whatever slowing of pace you might have to take. Approximately 75% of the trail is covered by trees, and only when scaling the first side of the mountain are you exposed to the sun, but that comes with the bonus of the views.

It appears as though there was a fire at some point in time that burned a large number of the trees on the first portion of the mountain you hike. Beautiful in its own way. I found myself looking ahead towards the valleys and eventual view of what I'm guessing was Washoe Lake and the town adjacent as I scaled the front side of the mountain. I was so caught up in looking ahead that only by mistake did I turn around and catch what was truly a magnificent view of the snow-covered Mt. Rose and Church Peak. It was snowing at that elevation on the day I went, which made for some great pictures. I would encourage anyone who takes the trail to take some time to appreciate the views on this side of the mountain.

The back side of the mountain that heads down to the Upper Thomas Creek trail was similar to the wooded area that you traverse before heading up the front side of the mountain. You get a nice descent and I was personally fortunate to be greeted by some Steller's Jay Birds, which are quite beautiful.

I saw no snow or muddy areas during my hike on 5/13. Everything was dry and manageable. The trail was enjoyable to experience in both directions and I think beats taking the path which loops back around along Timberline Dr. Your experience may vary, but you definitely feel like you're out in the wilderness when sticking to the Dry Pond Trail, and that's what I'm aiming for.

Hiked 5/6/18. Love this trail. I extended past what is on All Trails to about 5.75 miles out (11 miles round trip) to just before the switchbacks. Someone earlier said the trail is overgrown and “disappears”. It actually doesn’t. You have to cross the bridge to get to the right side of the creek at about 1.50 miles. The trail continues from there between the road and the creek. The trail is well maintained and is a gradual climb. The creek is wonderful to listen to and the mini waterfalls ate gorgeous. The tree variation is nice, and there was snow on the north face of the mountains (not on the trail for as far as I went). Lots of people and dogs for the first couple of miles but many take the Dry Pond loop so they quickly disappear

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, with great views. The trail was a pretty snowy/muddy at parts, but still hikeable. I was recommended this hike by a volunteer at Galena visitors center and it did not disappoint.

trail running
1 month ago

Did an approx 7 mile run from white creek trail to dry pond and there was very little if any ice/mud on the way. The pond was full of loud frogs that made for an awesome halfway point to relax to listen to them.

Nice hike beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike!
Few runners and bikes but not overly packed with people.
Some snow and mud. Shoe chains helped in the few inches of snow on the ground.

Love the sound of the creek. After this last snowfall; there is about 2" at the bottom and 4" at the top. The creek running over the road with no bridge is fairly wide and didn't want to take the chance of wet paws.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail!

3 months ago

Hiked this on Saturday, 2/10, it was muddy and icy in several areas. Did not hike down the back side as many said it was very icy. Great hike, beautiful scenery. Lots of dogs and bikers too!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike and perfect weather. Some ice going downhill as well as some mud but an overall great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was beautiful, icy on the far side but very manageable. The trail was pretty busy but everyone was very nice! Great views! At a steady pace can be done in less than 3 hours. We will do this hike again soon!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Lots of snow to make snowshoeing fun! Lots of tracks to find the way to the top of Tamarack Peak. Pretty views.

Snowed over right now! Can’t hike it unless you have snow shoes!

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this trail yesterday and other than it being a bit muddy on some parts of the trail it was a great hike! Our dogs had a blast and every other person/dog owner we passed was so friendly. (As were the dogs). There’s a few parts where you will be hiking at a slight incline but other than that it’s a pretty easy hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice moderate trail. Steep enough to get the blood pumping but not so bad as needing to stop and catch my breath. Not sure about where it says the trail starts, but this time of year, the gate is closed so you'll have to park on Timberline or go further up to the parking lot. Neat pond at the top, not much water, but being right at the top of the ridge is interesting.

4 months ago

Ok

Good place to get up in some trees quick if your in Reno. However it’s nothing special.

Always a great trail. Be careful if you are going all the way to the Mt Rose Wilderness, as the last creek crossing is very icy.

hiking
5 months ago

Went on this hike during the first snow of the season. I was the first person on the trail that day (Started at 7:00AM) and the entire hike was very peaceful. It's a great little hike and is so close to Reno.

Great hike this morning despite the chill in the air. Nice trail, just wish people would keep there dogs on a leash. Looking forward to going back

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing little trail. Especially gorgeous in the fall with the autumnal colors. I posted about it on my blog (https://www.brisul.com/www.brisul.com/2017/10/20/dry-pond-hike)

Beautiful place

Beautiful hike! It was hard to find especially in the snow (October 21, 2017) but is a relatively easy hike. Park at the Tahoe meadow trail head parking lot off of Mt rose high way and County Road 340. Follow the signs for the Tahoe Meadows hike and when you get to the bridge you’ll see a sign for Ophir. We saw a few signs after that but made our own trail a little bit due to the snow. We used the all trail map to get back on the trail. After that it was an easier trail to follow. Mostly flat and downhill on the way out but had some step areas on the way back. We didn’t make it all the way to the lake because there was a large stream that we would have gotten very wet if we crossed. All in all a good hike. The pups loved it and the meadow allowed them to run around a lot!

hiking
7 months ago

I've been hiking this trail for about 12 years and it's become heavily used at this point and the wear and tear is concerning. Also a lot of people bring their dogs off leash and leave excrement everywhere. Very often bags of waste are scattered all over as well. What bothers me the most are the mountain bikers. They are really degrading the trail at this point. Many are rude and expect a hiker to move out of the way at a moment's notice. There is heavy dust that hangs in the air after they go by. Other than that, can't beat the beautiful little creek, change of Aspen trees in the fall and the surrounding mountains.

Was planning to do the Ophir Creek Loop, but due to bad signage and incongruences between signs and the various maps in the park, we ended up getting lost and going all the way to Upper Lake. We were not prepared for the extra end of the trail we accidentally added one. Better signage would be extremely helpful for those of us who are directionally challenged.

hiking
7 months ago

Just love this hike. Gorgeous!

Great hike, beautiful views and water rushing the majority of the time. Only downfall is the loop takes you onto asphalt to get back to the trailhead.
Great hike, even with the asphalt ending.

8 months ago

Going up the switchbacks and taking the time to stop and turn around to see the views offers a nice break. eating lunch at the dry pond is the perfect mid point of the hike.

We started at Tahoe Meadows trailhead and hiked down to Price Lake. Total hike was 8 miles (via Fitbit) and I would say moderate level for sure. After we hiked about 2 miles in we didn't see anyone until we started to head back which was very nice. When we got to the lake we had a picnic and had the lake all to ourselves. The lake is not swimmable but they had a nice campsite with a fire pit that would be fun to camp at. Nice waterfall to see when you get close to the lake. Definitely a workout but a very nice hike!

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