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Dry Pond Loop is a 6.5 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 March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,174 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

One of the best hikes on the Reno side of Mt. Rose. 75% heavily wooded, great shade. Sound of rushing water for 90% of the hike. Both Whites Creek and Thomas creek run year round even in drought conditions. Great views of Carson Valley, Washoe Lake and Mt. Rose Wilderness.

2 days ago

Started and finished the loop today. I was very pleased with the cooperation and courtesy between hikers and bikers. Some of the bikers have bells on their bikes. This makes passing fast and safe. The creeks are running and occasionally you will see someone fishing them. The weather was near perfect. I will do this again.

mountain biking
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Did the loop today. Was super nice. Very few people. Will likely get crowded over the holiday weekend especially with the nicer weather.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Always a good one. I went out and back because I prefer the view, but the loop is nice too. You’ll have to park on Timberline and walk in because the entrance is closed. Started at 7:30am. Only saw 3 people the whole time.

hiking
19 days ago

Loved this trail. Shaded, wide trails. The pond was well dry! But really pretty whole loop

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome hike. Would be perfect if there was less bikers.

hiking
24 days ago

Good day out there today. Perfect weather. Lots of people but everyone staying distanced. My 4-legged hiking partner and I did just over half of this hike. First day out breaking in some new equipment so no need to overdo it. The trail was in great shape. Stream is running nicely though seems a bit low for what should be the heavier runoff period. May be a dry summer up here... Love this area!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Excellent trail. If you go right now, I would highly recommend going from the Lower Creek trail to Dry Pond, then going back. The trail from Dry Pond to the Upper Creek trail is very muddy and snowy, and does not have the views that the Lower Creek trail has. There are only a couple spots of snow and mud on the Lower Creek trail. Wide trails, and beautiful river and hill side views. Some mountain bikers on the route.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Lots of snow. Very peaceful but stormy in some areas. Trail is still very visible. Always enjoyable in any weather

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

mountain biking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

One of the funnest rides I have done in awhile. I made a Trail Tour video. Check it out if you want to see what the ride looks like in winter. If the link doesn't work, search Trail Tour Dry Pond Loop on YouTube. <https://youtu.be/Q0nEdzRLTyo>

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Went anti clockwise and needed microspikes almost all the way. It was icy patches that were very slippery. The other half ( in the sun) was clear and dry. Funny little hike.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

A lot like the Fox Loop in Sun Valley, a fun and not too difficult MB trail

recorded Dry Pond Loop

hiking
8 months ago

Great. Not hard would only consider it moderate because it’s more like 7 miles.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

about as good as it gets...this go round I started at Thomas Creek and did the death March from Whites back on hot pavement. anyone up for creating a connector trail in shade? I'm in for some labor.

hiking
washed out
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We did this from ThomasCreek trailhead to Jones Whites creek trail head. All of our apps showed a different mileage, but I’d say about 5 miles. Great elevation gain and some incredible views! I’d been to Dry Pond before, but only from Whites Creek. Well worth doing again!

hiking
10 months ago

Suggest doing counterclockwise loop starting up Thomas Creek side to start as the hike to Dry Pond is much more shaded going up the north slope. When you reach Whites Creek trail junction at bottom of Hill and turn east be sure to stay to the left closer to creek on the "hikers only" portion of the trail to avoid bikes on the exposed and dusty access road. Some people prefer to park on side of road at Whites Creek and start off walking north on road as hiking back to Thomas Creek parking lot on the hot asphalt road can be a drag. if you park at Thomas Creek trail there are two parking areas, the one to the left/west is closer to trailhead but has only a few spots, the one to the north/straight is much bigger.

11 months ago

breathtaking

11 months ago

This trail is simply majestic!! I would say it was more technical than I thought it would be, but so worth it! It was a 1.5 hour run for me, but I stopped and took 30 pics!!

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

No snow on the trail. Water in the pond with gorgeous reflections when still. Water is gushing in the streams. Beautiful trail all around. Start early if you want some alone time on the trail. Gets super busy on weekends!

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