Hunter Creek Trail

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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
1210 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

21 hours ago

Wasn’t satisfied with the waterfall at the end.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike with changing landscape.We didn't want to cross through the creek at the beginning so we went to the left and found some steps to a log marked with "x"s that crossed the creek. Nice views and landscape the whole way. Would not recommend on a a hot day or go early in the morning since most of the trail is in the sun then changes to forest. Saw a snake and a momma duck and her ducklings. Not an easy hike, appropriately rated as moderate. Waterfall did not disappoint.

hiking
3 days ago

First hiking experience in the Reno area and a great start to the many hikes to follow. The trail was clearly identified and easy to follow. Went earlier in the morning on 5/6 so there were fewer on the trail, but on the way back saw a much larger group of folks heading up the trail. Would recommend a morning start in the warmer months as the bulk of the trail is open without cover and you'll get some sun. On cooler or cloudy days a later start would be perfectly fine.

I think this trail is doable for all skill levels. I am from a much lower elevation and don't really hike, but did fine in the couple hours I was on the trail out and back. I will say if you have stability or balance issues you should opt for a walking stick as you do need to cross a couple streams and there are a couple sections where you aren't on a dirt path but climbing across some rocks. For your average person it shouldn't be a problem, but for older folks or those with limited mobility you'll need to slow down in these areas.

There is a path up and around the first creek in case you don't want to brave the rocks or the water is high (I crossed not knowing there was another path, got my hiking shoes wet but they dried quickly enough, on the way back, not as fun as the walk is short to the parking area). When you reach the log close to the falls if you aren't fond of heights (or your dog isn't), there is another path to the right that will require you cross the same stream but won't involve walking across a log over the stream.


The views were beautiful and the reward at the end was spectacular. The falls are truly a great place to stop and take in nature's beauty, and if you need to cool off, there's always that option too. There are some logs and rocks you can sit and have a drink or snack once you reach the falls. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone that wants to quickly get away from town and into nature. You'll see a decent number of people, but trade in buildings for mountains and the sound of the highway for the rushing stream below.

hiking
7 days ago

Stunning views, excellent workout, diverse landscape. This is one of my new favorite trails.

hiking
7 days ago

Just started hiking, and this was one of my 1st trails and I loved it!

9 days ago

fun hike.. 1st half overcast/dry.. way back light rain and cool temp. perfect day. sound of running water and birds all day and flowing falls at the top.. :-)

hiking
9 days ago

I’m new to Reno and also new to the AllTrails app; Hunter Creek Trail was my first hike since moving here with my dog and it was AWESOME. I’m an avid hiker and it checked all my hiking boxes for beauty and challenge and views and fun and variety of terrain. Basically, if you haven’t gotten to this one, DO IT TOMORROW.

hiking
10 days ago

That I would say was not a moderate hike. It had a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail but to get there was very rough. If you are an avid hiker I imagine you may be fine but if you are a beginner or out of shape be prepared and bring lots of water. Took us about 3 and a half hours. We will plan to do it again though.

hiking
13 days ago

Lovely hike, lots of sun until 15 minutes from the top. It's a gradual climb all the way up. There is a way around the creek at the beginning of the trail if you don't want to get your shoes wet. A trail on the left climbs up and over and leads to a narrow bridge by a water tower. I laughed at the comment from Tony Pycko 2 spots down. My boyfriend and I were 2 of those "tourists with clean bright sneaks" hiking the trail on Sunday. We live in Reno :) Now I'm wondering how many people thought we were tourists! It's true that the trail is moderately trafficked when there's good weather, but not as bad as you might think. Still very worthwhile. Enjoy!

16 days ago

Great trail with beautiful view of Reno and the waterfall. Trail is mostly in the sun until
you get close to the waterfall so definitely wear sunscreen and bring water.

hiking
16 days ago

First hike since moving to Reno. NICE. So close to Reno it's like no travel time. Lots of tourists with clean bright sneakers. But almost no litter.
Good training trail for the back country hiker.

17 days ago

Gorgeous throughout, with the sound of water following you the whole way. The trail was dry (first week of May).

hiking
19 days ago

Love this hike up 1,300ft to the lovely forest and waterfall. Wear good boots - it has some rocky places that can trip you up.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike! My legs are feeling it! Can't wait to bring the family here.

22 days ago

Great hike with great falls at the end. There is a bridge you can cross if you immediately walk out of the parking lot onto the trail on the left hand side of the river, much easier if you don’t want to have to cross the creek right at the beginning.

22 days ago

Great hike, easy to follow trail. Hiked with my son in his carrier and I'm still feeling it. So great workout also

hiking
23 days ago

Headed back out this morning. This will be our 3rd trip out over the years. We love this hike. Can get challenging early in the spring, but we are ready. See y'all up there.

hiking
29 days ago

i slipped many times, so be care.

30 days ago

Good trail. met lots of people. if you don't like hiking UP, then Ddon't do this one. The waterfall was beautiful. parts of the trail you need to be very careful with foot placement.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike that is close to the city of Reno. Trail can get really muddy during wet seasons and crossing the river can be challenging when the river is high. Great views throughout and a satisfying waterfall at the end. I've done this trail in summer and winter and it was a good experience both times. A lot of other hikers and dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. A little busier than I would like.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike for March incredible views of waterfall and scenery. From summer to winter in one hike! Bring a sweater just in case

2 months ago

Great!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike that's close to town. Lots of people out on a warm Sunday afternoon. Trail was pretty soupy in 5-6 spots from the rain and snow melt. Lots of footprints churning up the mud. Once in the tree line trail was very slick on the inclines. Waterfall was very pretty, as was the rest of the hike. Trail head is far enough from major roads that there was no sounds of town, only rushing water from the creek the whole way. Interesting to see where one of the recent fires affected and stopped.

2 months ago

fantastic trail for anyone in Reno. I love the sound of the creek as you hike.

trail running
2 months ago

Couple inches of snow once you get in the trees but mostly dirt and mud on the way up. The trail can be easily followed and navigated. Recommend good traction on your shoes since the mud and snow can get a little slick on the steeper slopes. Great run! Especially coming back down! Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely worth the hike when you see the waterfall ! Beautiful and scenic.

3 months ago

It was beautiful

3 months ago

Gorgeous hike, a good portion of it in the sun, even during the winter months it got a little warm. Muddy at this time of the year for stretches, not more than 1/2 mile or so. The waterfall at the end is worth it...sort of frozen over in the winter. Didn’t find the “bridge” the first time through, but built up logs made it fairly easy to cross

hiking
4 months ago

Little muddy today, but always an amazing hike :)
As others have mentioned, there is a bridge so you don't have to cross the very first creek. Take the higher trail to your left and follow it in for a ways, until you see a small white silo on your right. There is a metal grate bridge right there!

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