Brown's Creek Loop Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Washoe Valley, Nevada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length5.0 miElevation gain1,007 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockySnow
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Nice little partial loop hike up through Galena forest and down into Brown's Creek Canyon. Well maintained and marked trail.

Plain dirt parking lot with a map of the trail at the trail head. No restrooms or any other facilities.

From Reno, take U.S. 395 south to State Route 431 (Mount Rose Highway.) Head west for about 4 miles to Joy Lake Road and turn left. Follow Joy Lake Road for 1.5 miles to parking area and kiosk to your east. Trail begins across the street and to the North.

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Kimber Towsley
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Backpacking

I absolutely love this trail. It took us about 2.5 hours, but we stopped for lunch next to the streams. Only 2 spots left with a little snow, but it's very easily trekked. I will do this one again!

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Sara DePaoli
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Hiking

Lovely. No snow left. If you go counterclockwise, you get a nice view of Rose for almost a whole mile. Nothing blooming, but it’s coming soon.

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Suzanne Machado
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. A few icy spots but manageable. Flowers not yet blooming.

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Kate Braun
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a bit of an incline at the beginning but not too terrible.(shaded until the loop, then roughly uncovered). nice trail, probably would be more enjoyable mountain biking. but still pretty none the less.

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Tylo Ward
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail, not a lot of foot traffic. Steeper incline at the beginning, but the loop and way back are nice.

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Jim Denison
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Hiking

Very nice, well maintained trail, still some snowy/icy spots - Browns Creek was flowing nicely - no wild flowers yet ,

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Steven Shea
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Smijin K Soman
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Lots of ice throughout the trail. But the views are great.

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Shannon Krueger-Karashinski
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SnowshoeingGreat!IcyMuddyOff trailRockySnow

March 7 - Good snow headed up toward loop. Can snowshoe or take spikes/crampons for some slush/ice. The loop is a lot of dirt, a little mud and if you cross over the creek, a couple a very challenging snowy areas where crampons or snowshoes very helpful. Lots of sideways waking though as trail is not packed down. We needed all trails to on other side of creek. Gorgeous trail overall! Some steep areas.

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Kaylyn Sims
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Hiking

still lots of snow with dirt patches too. snow is packed in enough to hike, yaktracks would be good but not necessary. beautiful!

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Hanna Fetters
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Running

Very icy some muddy spots. 

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Dale Conner
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Hiking

Great trail; feels like you’re in Tahoe. Only downside was lots of icy spots this time of year

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Mary Gurczynski
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It’s a bit icy up there.

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Jessica Wallace
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Hiking

Nice day hike. Highly recommend spikes/ crampons. Some parts of the trail are basically a luge.

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Andrey Gurevich
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Mark Ferguson
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Gabriel Hernandez
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Austin Henry
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HikingIcy

Icy in spots. Moderate difficulty and very nice views at the loop. Recommend spikes even though I completed it without having any

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Kanin Prucksakorn
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Super icy and slick, recommend trecking poles and spikes. Beautiful trail and views !

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Marlene collins
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Teri Prevost-Schlee
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Hiking

steep start but a wonderful trail

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K Wagner
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Hiking

Beautiful day. No one on the trail. A few little icy spots but mostly melted.

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michael hignite
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Michelle Outland
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Nice mixed trail loop. Steep climbs and beautiful views. Quiet, dusty switchbacks. Non-destination loop will elevate your heart rate in places. Enjoyable.

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John M
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