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Hole in the Wall Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews
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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

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

hiking
1 month ago

First time on this trail. Loved it! What a perfect Fall day!

hiking
2 months ago

Took our Cub Scout Pack on this hike today. With the rain / snow from the previous day, the mud on the trail stuck to out shoes. As things heated up, the mud disappeared. Great hike for the kids. Our 6 year old daughter had no issues, and we had close to 40 people in our group.

hiking
2 months ago

I truly couldn’t find this trail but it seemed that the Cooke trail covered all of the area so I just did that and it was just beautiful. I went up the hill then followed part of the canal to another trail to come out. All told I did about 4.5 miles and then had my lunch at the Mayberry Park picnic area. It is good for kids and dogs too.

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
2 months ago

This is a steady flat trail. easy peasy for a relaxing trail hike with no hazards. Can be done in the snow but once the trail gets muddy, it can be awful. Be prepared to constantly wipe the mud cakes off your shoes. You use to be able to enter the hole in the wall, not advised due to it being a nice place for wildlife to hide, never know what you might find in there. Make sure you bring a head lamp if you do. UPDATE: They plugged the hole with a huge pipe. You can still enter it, but you would be crawling. Just don't do it lol. CAUTION BIOLOGICAL LANDMINES: I've encountered coyotes, snakes (heard rattle snakes but not seen), but biggest concern was a MOUNTAIN LION. I was doing a run and heard a deep, bellowing growl in thick overgrowth areas.. This was extremely rare though, be alert. No headphones. TRAIL RUNNING PERSPECTIVE: Great steady trail run. Inclines and declines are barely noticeable. Running this trail in the mud and snow can be irritating but doable. If you are going to wear headphones, have one ear covered. Be aware of the wildlife, it's not common but it happens.

hiking
3 months ago

There’s a ton of dog feces on the trail, makes it very unpleasant. Biking it is nice, after you get to the actual hole in the wall which has been bastardized over the years. Once upon a time I hiked the trail and then tubed it back. In any case it still has decent merit as a biketrail, very easy and then in the way back there are tons of downhill offshoots to keep you coming back. Good for a quick easy ride. 4/10

mountain biking
over grown
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Little overgrown in spots. Some shade. Beautiful easy to intermediate bike trail. Good at any time of the day. Multiple start points available. I recommend Mayberry park or the larking area on woodchuck! Great for kids and dogs as well. Hiked this one before and loved it.

hiking
bridge out
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

I took the long way since some of the inclines on the suggested trail are close to impossible with the mountain bike. Great trail! Most recommended as I hiked this trail before as well. Great for families with dogs! Bring water. Little overgrown in spots.

hiking
no shade
washed out
4 months ago

Very exposed. The initial climb up.os the hardest part, not difficult but I would bring water and good shoes. We took an alternate route down to make it a loop but it was a little washed out in places. The actual hole is not super impressive, but overall a nice way to spend time out with friends.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Little rough in the beginning has the trail is overgrown and washed out. Lots of loose gravel during the first 15min. This part is the moderate part of the hike. After that it is easy and well maintained. Most of the hike is on a damm road next to the river/aqueduct. Towards the end there are nice trees. The hole itself was not that great. Hiking back i took one of the countless little trails that shoot of the main road. Recommended!

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was beautiful. The “hardest” part was the beginning going up the hill, but after that it was an amazing trail. Will do again :)

6 months ago

Great trail to walk, run, or bike ... Can get busy on weekends with good weather. Best to use from late fall, or through spring, when Steamboat is flowing well. Gets a lot of traffic late spring through summer.

running
7 months ago

Descent trail. Mostly exposed, but portions along the truckee river and steamboat ditch. A bit of uphill at the beginning, then gentle ups and downs. Quite a few people, but was Sunday. Not many people once you climb up a bit

hiking
7 months ago

Great quick out and back! Uphill to the arrow from the hole was amazing!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail if you’re looking for a 2 hour or less hike! The entire hike took me 1 hour 45 minutes, and I took an alternate route back, all on a moderate hiking pace. Great views, trails are laid out nicely, and on a 60° sunny day in March? Tough to beat!

Wed Dec 05 2018

Easy! Fun trail.

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

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
Sun Jun 17 2018

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. The

Sun May 13 2018

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.

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