Hole in the Wall Trail

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Hole in the Wall Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

hiking
3 months ago

The initial "uphill" portion of trail is a bit of a pain. There isn't really a single path, making the steep climb both annoying and slippery (lots of loose pebbles/gravel). What does help is to go around the initial incline to the west, following a narrow well-traveled path along the ditch, and then taking a very clear incline back to the posted track. (Note the attached Relive video).

The trail is clear, with plenty of room for bikes and people. I saw just two solo mountain bikers on the trail this afternoon. It is unfortunate that the pipe now exists in the hole. However, the owners of the property and canal (Steamboat Canal Company) did so to improve water flow while also prevent more damage that occurred during the recent heavy winter---along with blocking stupid people who often tried to go through the hole.

I decided to go the normal route back (on that steep portion). In hindsight, I should have went back down the initial route I took. This is a decent couple hour hike that's close to town with easy access.
https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10000471934

walking
3 months ago

The "hike" is a 800 ft cliff followed by a 2.5 mile flat dirt road that follows the man made canal. There were a total of ten trees in the "national forest". The hole in the wall had a 5 ft wide pvc pipe stuck inside it. The path had a total of 4 signs. all of which said to keep the trail clean and no markings for directions. There were several other parking places that would have made more sense to be the trail head.

The single pro was that it was silent and peaceful with a view of the city.

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5 months ago

We had a lovely day walking this trail. Didn't come back on same trail though. We followed different trail that comes back outside of housing development. I want to go back up there and take a tube and tube back down the water!! My hubby says no.

5 months ago

Nice hike on a Spring morning. Disappointed at the end. Excavation at the hole with a big pipe sticking out of it. Haven't been able to find out what it was for. Anyone else have any answers?

walking
6 months ago

Slightly muddy. At the hole there is a significant amount of water so no going in. Three boys 7, 8, and 9, had no issues. Took alternate trails back. Phone worked the whole way so I knew we were ok, but honestly youre never out of sight of civilization.

hiking
8 months ago

Interesting trail. All of the elevation gain is in the first bit, the majority of the way is very level. The "Hole In the Wall" was much bigger than I expected. Nice hike this winter as I had the daughter and grand daughter along, so didn't need to worry about cold feet in snow. Didn't have any issues finding the trail, just used the map in the app and zoomed in to distinguish the route.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail but very frustrating that so many dogs were off the leash! If your dog is nice that's great but you don't know how dogs will interact. It caused my hike to have moments of stress that I would rather not have to anticipate. The hike was beautiful, I would do it again without my dog.

hiking
8 months ago

As it’s been noted, the trail head is hard to find. Just find parking near the river and take a right towards the bridge to find the trailhead.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is hard to find no sign we parked at Mayberry Park. If you are looking at the river follow the path to the right. Go over the wooden bridge. Head up the trail. There’s a sign called Tom Cook keep going up to the top follow the trails (there are a lot of trails). Keep to the right until you reach see the ditch keep right. Keep following that upper flat path to the right for a while until you see a bunch of trees and there’s a hole in a wall. It’s about 2.7 Miles from the park. We didn’t back track. There’s a trail right after the hole descending down. And turned into a single trail track behind housing development. The trail has no shade so it was good to do it in the winter and on a cloudy day. It was also pretty muddy.

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike! Kid friendly but more some where in between easy and moderate

hiking
10 months ago

The trailhead is very hard to find. We parked at Mayberry Park and made the mistake of going left when you’re facing the river. We walked all the way through a neighborhood to a bridge, only to realize it was the wrong bridge. We had to turn around and go all the way back and to the right when you’re facing the river instead. We found the correct bridge on the trail head that way. But there are zero signs indicating where the trail is or even if there is a trail. They should really work on putting up some signs.

mountain biking
10 months ago

The trail was great, its a bit muddy at parts and there are about 1/4 of the trail thats a little bit of snow at this time of year, but its expected for the rest of the winter, there isn't really water coming out of the hole right now and the creek is mostly frozen

11 months ago

An easy, fun hike with a steep beginning and flat most of the way.

11 months ago

Do this trail in the early morning. There isn't much shade once it hits 11-noon. For the most part this is a very flat trail. The hardest part is the beginning of the trail.

hiking
Friday, October 06, 2017

Intense initial climb, nice and relaxing after that. Great views of surrounding Reno.

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Really enjoyed the trail and even got to swim at the end! :) The water is pretty chilly but pleasant in this heat. I think people can float from the hole in the wall back down to a quarter past the trailhead, not sure but i plan to try it on Saturday.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nice escape from downtown.

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This is a pretty nice and easy trail, there's a small hill but after that it's just a nice flat curvy dirt road till you reach the hole in the wall. Not very well of a marked trail so keep your map up at the beginning and close to the hole or you may miss it.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

The start of the trail is at Mayberry Park and after you cross the bridge you have to follow a steep and rocky trail up the hill for a bit and then you reach a cairn marking a fire road and a ditch that lead to the trail. If the ditch is on your left you know you're going the right way and from there it's an easy and relatively flat walk to the hole.

If you bring a dog mind all the fox tails and hemlock. The only other traffic was a few hikers and mountain bikers. Not a really special hike but the ditch was full of water at this time of year and the hole was kinda cool.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Easy and fun with a cool feature. Overall trail system here is nice for Hike/Bike and good fall color opportunities.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

easy trail...the hole in the wall at the end is cool.

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