Dog Valley Overlook

MODERATE 5 reviews
#82 of 114 trails in

Dog Valley Overlook is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
377 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers





over grown



Short trail near summit one on Henness pass Sierra County CA. Views include Dog Valley, Peavine Mountain, Sierra Nevada Verdi Range, Bald Range, Carson Range, Crystal Peak, and Truckee River valley. This road is closed to all motor vehicles, abide by all posted signage. Trail features a variety of birds, wildlife, mushrooms, volcanic rock formations, flowers as well as native deciduous and coniferous forest. End of trail is an overlook of Dog Creek Canyon to the south and Dog Valley to the north. Trail begins at parking lot but no official trail-head sign exists.

2 months ago

The access to this trail is a 2-mile washboard dirt road that is heavily trafficked. It's too narrow for two-way traffic, so there's some stop and go the whole way up.

The trail itself is scenic, with views of the surrounding Toiyabe Wilderness (mainly forestation). Fairly rocky here and there, so good shoes are a must.

I would strongly urge anyone who is following the route recommended by the app to forego leaving the main trail. We discovered that the "zig-zag" climb to the peak that diverges from the main trail is completely unmarked and unworn. You're basically walking through no-man's land. We turned back after going uphill a way and reconnected with the main trail. Take that trail out to the clearing and you'll get a nice overlook of the neighboring ridgeline and valley (perhaps not what is considered "Dog Valley," but close enough).

6 months ago

Great views with very little crowds or traffic.

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