Hunter Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.4 miElevation gain1,240 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Situated just outside Reno, this is a popular destination for hiking and trail running. At the end of this beautiful route is a 30-foot waterfall. The trail is well-marked and good for the whole family. At the trailhead visitors will find a parking area and restrooms. Make sure to bring sunscreen and enough water on a hot day.

Parking and Restrooms at the trail head.

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.

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Michelle Trimbath
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HikingGreat!Icy

Great trail! Well-maintained and compact, mostly very exposed landscape with some shade around the last mile. Currently the last half-mile is very icy, and there are some patches where the ice is hidden under the dirt. Micro spikes are a great idea if you have them, especially if you want to get close to the waterfall. The trail is still very doable if you don’t have them, just be careful and mindful of where you’re stepping. The first two miles of the trail are a steady incline, not too overwhelming but just enough of a butt-buster to keep your heart rate up. The beautiful frozen waterfall at the end is worth it!

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Richard Samson
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HikingGreat!

Nice moderate trail with beautiful views. About 150m after the initial start there are several paths that lead to the the river, all with unique and exciting photo ops. I went in January and the trail was very compact, so make sure you wear shoes with good cushions. I went late in the day and didn’t make it to the water fall because I didn’t want to return in the dark. There’s a variety of plans to be seen an several inclines to get your bpms up. I thoroughly enjoyed this hike.

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Chris Ghan
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Icy be ready to bust your ass

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Jessica D
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HikingIcyMuddy

Once you get to the waterfall it is absolutely gorgeous! There are some icy spots, but it wasn't too bad if you walked on the outer edge of the trail. The view was completely worth it.

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Chantel Dominguez
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddy

Beautiful trail with incredible views throughout. Very rocky in some spots and a little narrow in places as well, and very icy (in January) towards the end as you near the waterfall (I fell!). I definitely recommend and would love to check it out in the later spring!

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Quinn Danner-Bocks
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HikingGreat!Icy

It’s very icy during the winter. Not worth docking stars for because of course there’s going to be ice during the winter!

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Caroline Hoefert
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HikingIcyMuddyRocky
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Jessica D
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Matthew Yelle
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Sarvin Fa
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HikingIcy

Very nice trail and very easy one ...

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Connor Nelson
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Kelly Grace
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Hikers beware: all ice that last half mile before the waterfall. Definitely turn around if you don’t have spikes. I had spikes and a walking stick and still fell once. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful hike. Not muddy but after rain it would definitely be difficult!

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Nate Spencer
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Hiking

trail was good ground was hard, no mud. I can see where mud would be an issue though

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Jeni Candice
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This is normally a fabulous hike but it’s currently MUDDY! Like the slip and slide because 8 pounds of it is stuck to your boots mud.

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Jeni Candice
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Hiking

This is a fabulous hike BUT it’s currently MUDDY - like the stick to your boots, slip and slide mud.

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Michelle V.
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HikingIcyMuddy

Very muddy hike. Dog poop was everywhere at the beginning of trail. Definitely bring clothes you don’t care about getting muddy/dirty. It’s was nice and chilly though. Gave it a 3 stars b/c it was not as enjoyable of a hike as i thought it’d be.

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Jason Stewart
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Hiking

It was an adventure with the mud and ice

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Kevin Cozart
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Backpacking

The beginning is horribly muddy.

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Chris Bloom
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Very muddy in parts. The mud was anywhere from super slippery and wet, to super sticky and adding 5lbs to your shoes. Going back down with super slippery mud was... an experience. Once we got up higher it turned to packed snow with a few spots of ice. The two water crossings were slippery, but doable. Also, thank you to whoever installed the rope over the final water crossing. It made traversing that part so much easier. On a good day, this hike is a 5, but with current conditions I am giving it a 4.

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