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Hunter Creek Trail

MODERATE 1001 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
no shade
rocky
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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
8 days ago

hiking
12 days 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
14 days 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
17 days 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
18 days 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!

18 days 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
21 days ago

21 days ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
21 days ago

This is definitely a great hike with a great reward. The trail is pretty much only ascending up to the waterfall and there are some tricky spots with rocks. Went early in the morning and only saw a few other people on our way there, so it’s better to go early to avoid the crowds

hiking
no shade
21 days ago

The beginning of the trail does not have shades so if it is hot, you will feel it, our dog felt it too. The trail is well maintained and beautiful, especially when we reached the trees. The water fall at the end is great, you have to cross the creek over a big log to see it better though.

Beautiful but fairly tough since I'm a bit out of shape!!

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail with a pretty good ascent into the forest, and a big payoff at the end!! Sunny most of the way up. At the first creek crossing, head up to the left, and you’ll eventually reach a little “grain silo” where there’s a bridge to cross safely. The creek is gushing right now, and the waterfall is gorgeous!

no shade
rocky
24 days ago

This was challenging as the whole way up is pretty much an ascent. Rocky at times, good supported shoes definitely a plus. There is little shade until the end, bring sunscreen.

25 days ago

we hiked this trail last week in the afternoon and it was perfect. sunny for most of it but had plenty of shade as well. great hike to take the doggies on!!

hiking
27 days ago

A good little hike. The trail pretty much is in direct sunlight for 3/4 of the trail. The end of the trail is in the shade. First “ easily accessible”place to fill your water bottle is at 2.3 miles in. The creek crosses the trail at that point. The waterfall was roaring and it was a perfect day to be outside.

hiking
28 days ago

Really fun trail. Never ever a monster but has certain areas that are a bit challenging. Easy enough for a beginner to intermediate but just enough difficulty to keep a veteran entertained. Great views and no tree cover for awhile and just when you're about to get upset about it there's suddenly wonderful tree cover that hits you just in time followed by cool refreshing waterfalls. You won't be sorry,

hiking
no shade
rocky
28 days ago

Did this hike in spring. Very nice scenery. Make sure to bring enough water and sun screen. Most of the hike has no cover. The last 20 minutes has a tree cover. About a 3 hour roundtrip with a short stop at the waterfall. Make sure to walk both hikes left and right of the fall for different views. Also nice the trail continues after the waterfall with a couple of spot right on top of it. You need to cross the river 3 times. The first time right in the beginning. During snow melt will get your feet wet on this spot. The other 2 towards the end and you need to cross it on a tree. Overall an amazing hike. The waterfall is worth the walk! Also saw a snake out there!

hiking
28 days ago

Late April. Saturday. Super popular trail (read: lots of people) but everyone had great trail etiquette. And the surroundings were beautiful. Get your feet wet at the end. So cold. So refreshing. Highly recommended.

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Went on a Thursday afternoon and really enjoyed the elevation gain 1k ft and the steepness at times. The hike was above moderate but with a steady pace, safe and enjoyable. Will do again!

1 month ago

My girlfriend and I hiked this trail. It was a bit tough since we were out of shape. The waterfall at the end made it all worth it. Made a YouTube video of our hike. https://youtu.be/HUX-LJ3gZ90

recorded Hunter Creek Trail

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Great hike! When crossing the creek for the first time don't go across the sketchy log. If you go a little further there is a bridge. Similarly, when you get near the falls to cross the creek again there is a collection of small logs that you will come across on the trail. If you backtrack a bit there is one big tree that is much easier to walk across. Overall, a beautiful hike. Not too long or short. Not too difficult or easy. And lots of varied terrain. A nice Goldilocks hike. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. Challenging but beautiful. Still has some icy conditions near the water fall but worth the trek. Water running through creek is deeper in the afternoon than morning so it can be a little bit more difficult to cross. Waterproof hiking boots are definitely helpful.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, fairly easy to do and and beautiful waterfall at the end. Some snow and mud in certain areas but nothing crazy.

1 month ago

great trail, moderate difficulty, great views

trail running
1 month ago

Love this trail, pretty easy run not very difficult, it can be muddy in spots from snow melt of. But the views are sweet and the waterfall is amazing. Enjoy

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