Dry Pond Loop

MODERATE 48 reviews

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
1174 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

7 days ago

Beautiful hike, with great views. The trail was a pretty snowy/muddy at parts, but still hikeable. I was recommended this hike by a volunteer at Galena visitors center and it did not disappoint.

13 days ago

Nice hike beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike!
Few runners and bikes but not overly packed with people.
Some snow and mud. Shoe chains helped in the few inches of snow on the ground.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and perfect weather. Some ice going downhill as well as some mud but an overall great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hike was beautiful, icy on the far side but very manageable. The trail was pretty busy but everyone was very nice! Great views! At a steady pace can be done in less than 3 hours. We will do this hike again soon!

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice moderate trail. Steep enough to get the blood pumping but not so bad as needing to stop and catch my breath. Not sure about where it says the trail starts, but this time of year, the gate is closed so you'll have to park on Timberline or go further up to the parking lot. Neat pond at the top, not much water, but being right at the top of the ridge is interesting.

3 months ago

Ok

hiking
4 months ago

Went on this hike during the first snow of the season. I was the first person on the trail that day (Started at 7:00AM) and the entire hike was very peaceful. It's a great little hike and is so close to Reno.

6 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views and water rushing the majority of the time. Only downfall is the loop takes you onto asphalt to get back to the trailhead.
Great hike, even with the asphalt ending.

7 months ago

Going up the switchbacks and taking the time to stop and turn around to see the views offers a nice break. eating lunch at the dry pond is the perfect mid point of the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

very nice trail. the one downside is parking... you have to park on timberline drive which is a short walk to the trailhead but a bit of a walk from the Thomas Creek trail head after finishing the whole loop. other than that, great views and a nice steady incline. we're visiting from Oregon (I grew up here) and will definitely do this hike again when we come back!

trail running
9 months ago

Well marked trails. Creeks still running. Lots of shade on a hot day. Good multi-purpose trail: horses, mountain biking, dogs, and trail running/hiking. The only drawback was the part of the loop on the road -the rest of it was nice.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail with an easy incline. Most of the hike is shaded which was nice.

10 months ago

Dry Pond is not so dry! Great trail, plenty of shade, and no crazy creek crossings.

10 months ago

near Reno not rhyolite.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful scenery!

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic loop hike. Great Views. Nearly snow free as of today. Dry pond is full of water at the moment and a back drop of snow covered Mt Rose wilderness in the background. Very dog friendly.

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