Dry Pond Trail

MODERATE 123 reviews
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Dry Pond Trail is a 6.6 mile out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

hiking
12 days ago

The approach is wonderful as it follows the creek. The ascent is a moderate incline for about 2 miles. Dry pond is beautiful though! Out of nowhere you approach this unexpected “meadow” and it’s just gorgeous the way is nestles into the mountain side.

I think the trail length is shorter than listed, though. My Garmin showed about 5.5 miles total.

14 days ago

Love this trail and wildflowers are beautiful right now

hiking
27 days ago

One of my favorite hikes to date. Weather was perfect. Not a lot of people on the upper trail. Some bikers and even 2 horseback riders. All super friendly. The switchbacks made it enjoyable. A great workout without even really realizing it. The trail at the bottom runs along side a creek just another added bonus.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really beautiful hike. The trail winds along a creek at first. There is plenty of shade and the trail is switchbacks which makes it easier. You can hike to the top of the hill to the pond and a little farther for views of Carson City. A LOT of bikers so watch out because they come down fast. I did the hike in the fall and summer and both were enjoyable. You can continue and loop around in both directions at the top if you want. More can be found on my blog (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2017/10/20/dry-pond-hike)

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail for a bit more of a challenge and to migrate closer to the Mt. Rose wilderness area. Getting to the trail head was a good time as you do get to take some dirt roads. They are well maintained but could easily see issues for a 2WD vehicle after a heavy rain or snow. The unit management does a great job in both maintaining the road and the trail. Trail is very easy to follow and there are signs marking when trails cross as there are multiple paths to be taken.

I didn't see many people, maybe a dozen or so on my morning hike - and mainly on my return route. About as many mountain bikers as hikers, and all were courteous when crossing paths. There is a bit more variety to the typical 'out and back' trail as there are two different paths you can take in certain areas (one meant for horses and the other for hikers / bikes, but to me it offered a much appreciated slight variety in my surroundings). If you take both the horse path and the "people path" when they split, I recommend the horse going out and the people path on the way back. Its very refreshing to be so close to the stream when you're finishing up your hike.

There were no particularly difficult areas to cross or deal with. Pretty much you're on a well-defined dirt trail the entire hike. The challenge comes from the change in elevation, but the views are more than worth whatever slowing of pace you might have to take. Approximately 75% of the trail is covered by trees, and only when scaling the first side of the mountain are you exposed to the sun, but that comes with the bonus of the views.

It appears as though there was a fire at some point in time that burned a large number of the trees on the first portion of the mountain you hike. Beautiful in its own way. I found myself looking ahead towards the valleys and eventual view of what I'm guessing was Washoe Lake and the town adjacent as I scaled the front side of the mountain. I was so caught up in looking ahead that only by mistake did I turn around and catch what was truly a magnificent view of the snow-covered Mt. Rose and Church Peak. It was snowing at that elevation on the day I went, which made for some great pictures. I would encourage anyone who takes the trail to take some time to appreciate the views on this side of the mountain.

The back side of the mountain that heads down to the Upper Thomas Creek trail was similar to the wooded area that you traverse before heading up the front side of the mountain. You get a nice descent and I was personally fortunate to be greeted by some Steller's Jay Birds, which are quite beautiful.

I saw no snow or muddy areas during my hike on 5/13. Everything was dry and manageable. The trail was enjoyable to experience in both directions and I think beats taking the path which loops back around along Timberline Dr. Your experience may vary, but you definitely feel like you're out in the wilderness when sticking to the Dry Pond Trail, and that's what I'm aiming for.

trail running
2 months ago

Did an approx 7 mile run from white creek trail to dry pond and there was very little if any ice/mud on the way. The pond was full of loud frogs that made for an awesome halfway point to relax to listen to them.

4 months ago

Hiked this on Saturday, 2/10, it was muddy and icy in several areas. Did not hike down the back side as many said it was very icy. Great hike, beautiful scenery. Lots of dogs and bikers too!

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked this trail yesterday and other than it being a bit muddy on some parts of the trail it was a great hike! Our dogs had a blast and every other person/dog owner we passed was so friendly. (As were the dogs). There’s a few parts where you will be hiking at a slight incline but other than that it’s a pretty easy hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing little trail. Especially gorgeous in the fall with the autumnal colors. I posted about it on my blog (https://www.brisul.com/www.brisul.com/2017/10/20/dry-pond-hike)

10 months ago

Beautiful and serene. The views from the south side are amazing.

hiking
11 months ago

Somewhat confusing since there's a couple other trail paths, but overall it has a beautiful view and is mostly shaded.

11 months ago

Great hike

trail running
11 months ago

real nice

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike!

mountain biking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

I went bike bike riding and it had some great views.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Very nice

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Had an amazing time. Took my 8 and 4 year old plus my 4 month baby with me and they did just fine.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great hike lovely views throughout. Great for hiking or trail running! Loved how close it is to Reno

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice moderate hike. Went in May and the pond at the top was beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Loved this hike! I did this hike on a warm day in April and was surprised to find a beautiful pond at the peak. My little hiking Boston Terrier was able to complete it no problem, but it also provided a nice workout. There was an even mix of sun and shade. Definitely a new favorite!

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Originally we use this trail to connect the upper creek trail and whites creek trail, but the pond on this trail gave us an amazing scene with unexpected beauty.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

One of my favorite hikes. I highly recommend the loop using whites creek and Thomas creek with .7 miles on Timberline Rd to connect. The road is only light traffic.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This trails is sick. This is five minutes down the hill from my house and rad

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good day hike easy access, good exercise with moderate climb on a good trail.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good day hike easy access, good exercise with moderate climb on a good trail.

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

these were very generous ratings.... yes there was beautiful scenery (Oct 23) but the trail ended very anticlimacticly by butting up with another trail at a particularly drab location. I'd probably try to incorporate it into a loop next time.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Very pretty hike. I went in late October and the fall colors were gorgeous!

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Did this as a loop trail from Thomas creek trailhead, up over Dry Pond then down to Whites Creek trailhead (2 cars). About 5 miles. Probably another mile to complete loop. Good steady climb to dry pond, which was a dry, low swail of dry grasses. Nice views of Slide Mtn (Mt. Rose ski area). Late summer and late in day. Plenty of shade. Lower areas follow near the creeks for a ways. The drop into Whites is south aspect and more exposed. Likely hot earlier in day. Saw lots of mountain bikes (high school team) and some hikers and dogs. About two hours without rush. Brought out of town guests who gushed about how pretty the hike was. Lucky to have this so close to town.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Excellent trail run! The pond is a great place to chill out and hydrate before heading back. Excellent trail so close to Reno where you can get into the trees.

mountain biking
Friday, July 29, 2016

I love this trail. This year there is still water and it is nice and shady during the day. Be careful of ticks.

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