Brown's Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 74 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

horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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

horseback riding
5 hours ago

Great trail for horseback. We also believe we heard a bear in the woods and did see some scat.

There a couple of streams that we had to walk the horses through as the bridges are narrow and I am not sure they are rated for a horse.

Highly recommend this loop, and ample trailer parking at the trailhead.

1 month ago

Good trail but be careful! I’ve had two bear sightings in the last two weeks.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it!!

trail running
2 months ago

Nice trail, ran the flats and downhill. 1hr but showed on my GPS 4.56

hiking
2 months ago

We saw a baby bear.

2 months ago

Did this hike this morning. It was beautiful. I would recommend hiking early due to the open stretches in the sun. There is a sign on the loop that is marked incorrectly. The arrow points left, but you need to make a right to stay on the loop. It shows forest service straight ahead and Brown’s Creek to the left. If you look closely someone tried to scratch an arrow to the right. I only mention this because we went the wrong way and had to double back.

hiking
2 months ago

very nice trail. good mix of shade and sun. early June the creek is still running strong. lots of wild flowers and lizards to see as well. very popular with mountain bikers.

beautiful hike. lots of wildflowers! steep in parts, just enough to feel like a great workout!

3 months ago

Great trail with a lot of up and down. The trail is pretty rocky and steep in places. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom!

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail. Strenuous for running given the topography and elevation, for this flat lander.

hiking
4 months ago

What a fun trail! It was nice to be in the trees again after waiting for the snow to melt, and this was a great first trail of the season. Lots of water in the creek at this time of year, but still very passable.

8 months ago

recommend for sure

8 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 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.

11 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
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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.

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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
Friday, May 05, 2017

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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