Hunter Creek Trail

MODERATE 1043 reviews
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Hunter Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a waterfall 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: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,210 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no shade

Directions from Reno: 80 East to McCarran North Exit, go south on McCarran Blvd and make a right on Mayberrry Rd., Turn left on Plateau Rd., Turn right on Woodchuck Dr. and follow it until it dead ends at the trailhead.

hiking
rocky
10 hours ago

Go early! My husband and I went around 7am Sunday and there were already a few vehicles at the trailhead. we didnt run into many people on the way up and got to the beautiful raging waterfall and had the place to ourselves! Coming back down was a different story. Traffic picked up quite a bit! The hike is rocky and unlevel in some places but other wise not too hard! I reccomend sunscreen because theres some spots that you're in the open sun for awhile! The trail was around 6miles and took us about 3.5hrs.

hiking
2 days ago

Moderately trafficked, beautiful trail that ends at a waterfall. Bring sunscreen and water. Might want a snack for when you stop to take in the waterfall views. The large log used to cross just before the waterfall is broken. Still passable, but be careful. The water is ripping this year!

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike early in the morning. To get to bridge stay on top trail out of parking lot. You go further than you think you should. When you get to the “Y” take the lower path and it leads you to the bridge. At the falls, I found a small trail heading away from the creek just as I was leaving the falls. Followed it and it took me above the falls to a delightful valley. I will explore this more next time up.

7 days ago

The trail is misleading, so i ended up on the west side of the trail which disappeared and reappeared.I know people have been on the trail due to a broken beer bottle,assholes,thats why some brewery's use cans.If you continue be careful you dont break your wrist.

hiking
8 days ago

Did this hike today and it was great....except for the fact that there is essentially no sun cover for 90% of the trail. Waterfall is great, but you have to cross over a few logs in order to get to it. Also, both this app and my Apple Watch mapped this hike as 8.9 miles, just as a heads up! Bring. Water.

hiking
9 days ago

a great hike! a bit tough to see the water fall, you need to cross over the creek on a big fallen tree. great views!

10 days ago

Hiked this trail 6/10/19. The hike is an easy trail to walk. There are couple spots of scree to keep things interesting. The first 2 miles are full sun exposure in the canyon. An early start is recommended as it gets hot. The last mile is in the pines with a couple of stream crossings. The waterfall at the end of the trail is fantastic and a great place for snacks and resting in the shade. To avoid crossing the stream at the beginning of the trail, follow the trail to the left, stay high and don't follow the signed trail. There is a small white silo and a metal bridge over the water. Enjoy!

11 days ago

Did an early evening hike - cooler weather and less crowds. Upper trail is better to take from parking/trailhead as you follow and hear the creek most of the way and the scramble up from the lower road not worth it. Great trail diversity with scree and creek crossings and moving from hard pack to pine needle carpet.

hiking
11 days ago

It was a beautiful time of year to see the falls. The creek was roaring by for most of few hike. Spring flowers were also all along the way.

hiking
15 days ago

Great place for medium hike. A stream for kids and dogs to play in (can be fast running and deep in places). There’s some shade, near the water line. Parking at the trail head, taking the makeshift grate bridge (next to a 6’ white silo) and head left , that’ll take you to the waterfall in about 2hr hike. If you turn right after the bridge and cross a narrow cement ledge , the view is amazing. The trail is wide and great for dogs. Fresh water runs along it

18 days ago

good trail and the waterfall is beautiful but it gets really hot during the summer months best to get an early morning start or go during spring or fall months. also the trail can get pretty busy during surmmertime but definitely worth it.

muddy
no shade
rocky
21 days ago

great hike! the waterfall was flowing very strongly and was a great site to stop and see before turning back to finish the hike. the creek at the beginning of the trail was very high. we ended up avoiding it so we wouldn't have wet shoes for the entire 6 miles. if you keep walking forward past the creek, there is a small trail you can take and then you will see a small metal bridge crossing to get back on the trail that this app tells you to follow.

hiking
no shade
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

It gets hot quick on the first half of the trail, but once you hit the trees it cools off. Most of the trail is very narrow with portions of it made up of loose rock. Heavily trafficked in both directions, get there early.

22 days ago

Beautiful scenery, gorgeous robust waterfall

hiking
no shade
23 days ago

Nice, but exposed trail (welcome to Nevada...). The rushing water sound track is great, at least in the spring. Take the left trail (not the signed one) out of the lot to find a dry river crossing. Look for a small silo on the right and metal bridge just behind.

hiking
rocky
25 days ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
27 days ago

hiking
closed
no shade
28 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! There are some very rocky areas. There are also some areas with looser soil. I’d recommend trail shoes at minimum to aid with grip. Layers are a must. It was a cool day, but worked up a sweat climbing. On the way back needed the hoodies to stay warm. I wouldn’t want to attempt this trail in temps over 70. We used trekking poles for the hike. While not necessary for lots of stretches, we found the poles very helpful on some steeper areas and for water crossings. For the first water crossing, take the trail to the left from the parking area right away to use the metal bridge. The wide trail marked closest to the restroom at the start leads to some pretty strong rushing water. Perhaps later in the season it’s not as bad?

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

A once great area ruined by off trail use, dog poop and graffiti. Really difficult to find the trial for the first mile or so since so many people made their own, there is a bridge but i missed it on the way back and took someone’s incorrect route. Poop everywhere and spray paint. If you can’t enjoy it without ruining it, don’t go

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

it's a great hike. From the parking lot it's a little longer than the 5.7mi. besides that it is nice, our dog loved it and the views are awesome. try to go on cloudy days or really early there's no shade up to the end part.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a great hike with a beautiful water fall at the end but as everyone one else says very hot and sunny. Definitely go early we started at 0800 and wished we would’ve gone even earlier.. took a medium dog and 3 little ones very hot for them mid day and there are some rock areas that are hard for little dogs.. did run across a rattlesnake in the middle of the trail along the way so be alert didn’t see it until my dog was almost on top of it ... I agree with the others to take the path to the left and go over the metal bridge just past the small silo to cross the river..

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for all levels. On the way there we crossed the river at the trail head. This is not recommended the water was painfully cold. I suggest taking the side trail to the metal bridge. I suggest hitting this trail early because 80% of the trail you are exposed to the sun. The waterfall is in full swing right now so the view was beautiful.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

I’m new to Reno and this was the first trail I’ve done here. It was beautiful! It was super busy on the weekend. It was cool near the waterfall under the pines, which was a welcomed respite from the sun.

walking
1 month ago

Went on a cloudier day! Great hike but couldn’t imagine it in the blaring heat and sunlight. I recommend early mornings! Rocky at some parts for sure!

1 month ago

One of the best trails in Reno. Lacks shade at first. Like so many trails in Reno the first mile means running the dog poop gauntlet.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

1 month ago

no shading until the waterfall area. watch for snakes. loved it. you can hear the roar of the water mostly all the way.

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