Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Toiyabe National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 hours ago

Great hike with an excellent view of both Reno and Tahoe.

This is a great trail my daughter's and I love going up here. Well worth the hike to see the waterfall. Beautiful area.

So beautiful

hiking
2 days ago

Lots of switchbacks, but most of the incline isn’t too steep and the hike back was a breeze. I’d rate the hike as moderate. Raintree is magnificent to behold and worth the trip.

I found taking frequent breaks was helpful with the altitude climb

Awesome short trail with a steady incline. To get to the trail, park in the upper parking lot and just follow the unmarked trail at the end that runs parallel to the road. As others have posted, the waterfall area is covered in graffiti. There are plenty of flowers on the way though and today threre are DOZENS of Spring Mountains Icarioides Blue. I thought they were the Mt. Charleston Blue, but realized they weren't after taking a closer look at my pictures. I saw more than a few Western Tiger Swallowtail and Carole's Silverspot, and one Nevada Admiral.

So beautiful and relatively secluded. Big payoff for a short hike- you can hang out at the beach (or the nude beach over the rocks haha) or climb around the rocks and hang out.

off road driving
4 days ago

We when down the trail from the top. Very long forest trail not hard at all. Very shaded from the sun.

hiking
4 days ago

It was a great short hike uphill, not too bad. For someone out of shape like me it’s a decent workout. But for those used to hiking and in good shape, this is an easy hike/walk. It’s so nice to walk through the trees and smell the pine. Lots of butterflies on the trail, especially closer to the water. There’s a great little waterfall at the end. Too bad there was graffiti galore on the canyon walls by the waterfall. Otherwise, very nice.

Awesome little hike with a lot of shade.

hiking
7 days ago

Yesterday was my first hike of the year at this altitude. Just wanted to let everyone know that I completed the Galena Falls loop. While there is still snow fields to cross it is passable. No post holing. I strongly suggest taking trekking poles for safety and make sure you have deep lugs on your shoes. Enjoy!

hiking
7 days ago

Started off at sunrise which was perfect since there is still a ton of snow on the trail. Early morning kept the snow packed and easy to walk on. Unfortunately, as it got warmer, the snow started to melt and it was a slushy, muddy mess on the way back. High winds at the top of the summit, but incredible views throughout the entire hike. Breathtaking views from the top of the summit made the tough hike back worth it. Will do again, preferably with less snow on the trail maybe August/September.

I heard a rumor that there is a steel bridge a little bit further up from the first stream crossing. I never found it and I of course got wet. Bring dry socks, snacks and at least two bottles of water. There are three spots of cobbled hell, just take your time. on my way down, EMS crews were going up to tend someone who got injured. Try to get to the trailhead before ten unless you want to walk an extra half a mile to the trail head.

Really difficult hike but well worth it. Left around 3pm and got back around 8pm. Great to do in early summer because it’s still bright out. Made it to Raintree as sunset was beginning and it was breathtaking.

hiking
11 days ago

Good trial just a little hard to find the start. Took about 2.5 hrs with my 4 yr old and 2 yr old. They had a hard time on the incline over the smooth rocks. So they piggy back rode to the end of the trial. Stinks about the graffiti and trash. One thing that redeemed the experience is we ran into deer foraging and pairs of hummingbirds flying over head.
Good for older kids; unless using a carrier for younger ones.

absolutely beautiful and worth the trek to the waterfall

hiking
13 days ago

This was one of the best trails I’ve been on! Our 1 1/2yr old Lab loved it!! Beautiful scenery, wildflowers....the sound of birds and the creek and of course the waterfall! There are a couple of shaded spots along the trail, but not many until you get to the tree line which means your getting close to the waterfall. It was windy yesterday and at some points of the trail the gusts were pretty strong blowing dry sand and gravel. Lots of people on the trail. It’s an easy hike as far as the terrain and elevation goes, but moderate for the length. Not a good trail for mountain biking, though...too many people, and it’s a single trail! People should keep their dogs leashed (even if they are friendly, because people don’t know that and some are afraid of dogs) AND please clean up after them!

hiking
13 days ago

I’ve done this trail a number of times and really enjoy it’s difficulty considering how close it is to Reno! If you follow the wider trail from the parking lot, you will probably have to wade through water to get to the other side, but in the left corner of the parking lot there is a much smaller trailhead that can lead you to a log over the creek. It is a bit past the little gully with a drain pipe, and has some wooden steps leading down. The log isn’t in the best shape, so I would recommend only going one at a time, but if you’re really intent on not getting your feet wet that’s the best route I know of! On the other side of the log, go up to meet back with the main trail.
This trail is not super easy, especially in the heat of the day, but it is absolutely doable even if you’re not in great shape! I think it’s a perfect intermediate hike if you are looking to build muscle and stamina and want something more challenging than some of the other hikes nearby. The last part of the trail is in some much-appreciated shade, and the waterfall at the end is wonderfully refreshing on a hot day :)

Beautiful scenery and the waterfall was amazing!

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked from the top of Mt. Rose pass parking lot at 9am. I am very familiar with the area and know the trail at this time is hard to follow as it’s all snow after about 1 mile in. So I decided to pack my skis and follow the trail up Mt. Tamarack and ski down the hourglass bowl to the waterfall and resume the trail to the summit. This hike is much more difficult in the melting snow. The trail often disappears. Postholing was over my knees at times. Made it to the summit and didn’t see one other person out there the entire day. Then skied back down Mt. Rose and postholed following the original trail all the way back to the lot. Helps to take some hiking poles, boots and some knee high gators. Be prepared for a good workout.

Did this hike with my 15-month-old in the carrier and two other mom friends and their babies. Note that there's no bridge at the first creek crossing and the water's pretty deep, so you either have to make your way across some rocks and logs and hope you don't slip, or travel the other way along/up from the creek to a dam and cross there (that's not meant as a crossing but it worked for us). Trail is very narrow with steep drop-offs much of the way so I would be wary of coming here with younger kiddos. It's also tough to cross the creek just before the waterfall to get to the other side - there's one area to cross with a pretty wide tree across the creek, or up a little ways there are some rocks and smaller logs stacked across. With wriggly kiddos we didn't feel comfortable doing either so we continued up the creek to the waterfall where there was a very small area to see it and sit a bit. Definitely recommend this hike for earlier in the day as it got hot really fast. But really beautiful and sitting near the waterfall to rest before heading back was very refreshing.

Second time we’ve done this trail and we love it!It’s not too hard so you can bring the whole family. We prefer to start at the upper trail and end at the lower. This way you start basically on a dirt road and end in the middle of the forest with big beautiful trees and it’s a bit cooler (You will have to walk on the road a little bit to get back to the parking lot.) We brought our hammocks so we could chill and have lunch and it was perfect. Even took a little nap! I would definitely recommend this trail :)

A nice moderate hike in Reno. Beautiful waterfall at the end. It gets really hot during midday, would recommend going early or later in the evening to avoid the direct sunlight. There is little to no shade for most of the trail. It is only during the end that you’ll have tree coverage. You will need to cross some deep streams this time of year, so either prepare to get your feet wet or have trekking poles if you don’t have good balance. We were able to cross by walking on logs and rocks to avoid getting wet. I did see some trash a long the trail, please pick up after yourselves. Also, dogs can use this trail, we came across several not on leashes. Be aware of dog poop as well.

This trail is so beautiful! I cannot wait to come back later in June to make it to Nobel Lake and continue on to Highland Peak. Highly recommend. Just a heads up - there is still quite a bit of snow on the trail, but the early stages are passable. I'm not sure about later down the trail as I didn't make it far today due to a time constraint. Come prepared for snow and enjoy!

I have been in there multiple times. Very rough road. takes about 45 minutes to get to east Carson river and hot springs. It is a five mile drive. you can exit to the north on a different route. Not good for someone who loves their vehicle, scratches will happen in the brush. Vehicle with clearance can make it, 4x4 when required in spring and early summer for water crossings. I highly recommend airing down your tires, I have taken chunks out of mine on this trail. I give it a 5 out of 10 on difficulty.

We arrived at the parking lot around 7pm and walked to the Whales Beach for sunset. The view is awesome!

hiking
23 days ago

Love this trail - one of the best in Reno. However it is very narrow on steep spots and people are highly rude. We found ourselves constantly waiting for people to pass - going up and down the trail and nobody has ever been considerate and let us pass. Lot of trash - everything from cigarette butts to shell casings and beer bottles. It is steep - but gets easier above. We have encountered snakes quite often late in the afternoon. Once did see a baby rattler. Views are really nice and one of the few trails that make you forget you are minutes away from a moderately big city. Don't leave valuables in your car at the trail head - we have seen a lot of sketchy people hanging out in the parking lot that don't seem to be there for hiking whatsoever. Midday can be very hot - not much shade but late afternoon or evening, some shade in the shadow of the big rocks and trees. Some rock fall crossings, seem pretty stable. I have also seen some pretty good displays of wildflowers along the trail but it depends how wet the winter and spring have been.

there yesterday. Couldn't cross a creek which was more than ancle deep and one and a half meters wide which was pretty much at the beginning of the train

hiking
25 days ago

Easy to follow trail set in a beautiful valley leading up to Barney Lake. The remaining snow on the peaks right now makes for a fantastic view.

hiking
25 days ago

I’d give it 5 stars except that it was crowded. Very easy trail to follow once you cross the creek that was flowing rapidly. Sweeping scenery and views but don’t expect much shade.Typical Nevada terrain which I find beautiful.

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