Brown's Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Brown's Creek Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately 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 February until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
990 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

Nice little partial loop hike up through Galena forest and down into Brown's Creek Canyon. Well maintained and marked trail.

22 days ago

recommend for sure

25 days ago

Such a fun, not well known, trail! Very good for running and hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Good leg workout. wouldn't recommend for young kids. lots of narrow trails with drop offs.

2 months ago

I love this shaded trail. There weren't many people on it with us. The views of the city and Washoe Valley are great.

3 months ago

Did this trail last summer and just now found it on alltrails. Great hike with a little bit of everything. beware the bikers though.

mountain biking
4 months ago

This route can be used for hiking, biking, and horses. Probably best route use is hiking. A lot of large rocks on the uphill portions of the trail, impeding forward momentum for biking. Fairly narrow trail in places with some loose sandy edges make this a bit risky for horses as well.

5 months ago

Pretty good climb, mixed terrain, bridges, wild flowers, plenty of birds and butterflies. Enjoyed the hike and will come again!

5 months ago

Sun parts are HOT! Start EARLY. Especially for dog's feet. Great hike beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

On a whim I decided to hike his trail at 2:30pm during a very warm day in mid June. There were tons of wild flowers and the trail was very well marked and well-maintained, despite a heavy snow/water year.

The incline for the first part of the train is decent but pretty well shaded. Once you come over the ridge and past the vista, it gets fairly exposed, with the exception of the creek crossings.

You catch some nice views of the Reno valley as well as Washoe valley and a nice glimpse of Slide Mtn. I was a bit disappointed that there was relatively little hiking along the creek, but it was nice to take a break in the shade and put my feet in the water.

hiking
7 months ago

This was my first time on this trail. It was very well marked with signs at any points they were needed. It starts off hiking uphill for about 1.2 miles in a nice pine forest with plenty of shade. Then you reach a high point with a little spur over to a vista point with a bench and informational sign. After soaking in the view there, you begin the loop portion of the hike and head back down into a canyon where Brown's creek is. I went counterclockwise on the loop portion but you could go either way just fine. The loop portion has very little trees or shade and can get quite hot even in April. After hiking down into the canyon a bit you reach the Brown's Creek. Upon reaching the creek there is a little, well build foot bridge to cross over the creek. The trail then leads you back along the other side of the canyon and spurs off into another canyon for a bit before coming back to the creek. Here there is a very small stream crossing with a simple bridge made of a few pieced of board, it probably dries up later in the year. Right after that there is a fairly flat shady spot with some good sitting rocks that made a perfect spot for us to take a little break. Right past that spot, you cross back over Brown's Creek on an identical little, well build foot bridge. Then you reach the steepest, sunniest part of the trail, this was the only part that was a little rough due to the incline and direct sun. This leads you back to where the loop started. Upon reaching the end of the loop, you end up back in the shady forest for a leisurely downhill stroll about 1.2 miles back to the parking area.
While this is a nice trail, there are many other trails in the nearby area that I like a little better since they have more shade and stay closer to the water. You do get some very nice views on this trail due to the open canyon. I am glad to have this trail to add to the list of nearby trails I like to do.

hiking
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Decent trail, especially for morning trip ending with lunch at the vista. Can be strenuous if you have a moderate pack, but there is no water on the trail (unless you plan on filtering) so you have to plan accordingly. Decent shade but it can be sparse at times. Nice mix of forest and high desert terrain.

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