Hunter Lake Trail

HARD 25 reviews
#19 of 114 trails in

Hunter Lake Trail is a 13.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3152 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

off road driving

forest

lake

2 days ago

I have done this trail several times. Do not confuse this with hunter creek trail. No water along the way. Note, you are hiking on a loose gravel dirt road the entire way. Wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. Also don't be disappointed when you get to the "lake", it is actually a marsh and the headwaters to hunter creek. Still for some reason I love this journey. Very active bear country as well.

off road driving
18 days ago

off road driving
26 days ago

pretty gnarly right now.. went off roading and got through some precarious stuff.

definitely would not advise a novice to go. saw a dude get his Dodge Ram get seriously stuck

hiking
1 month ago

This is a very strenuous great workout, I would love to do it again. The only issue I have with it is I didn't realize it's a big OFF ROAD Driving trail as well. So if you're looking to get lost in nature, think again. You will regularly be passed by 4 wheelers, dirt-bikes, etc. It tends to take you out of the nature moment. Other than that it's a wonderful challenge for someone looking to test themselves. You will sleep very good if you complete it.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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off road driving
10 months ago

Great place a lot of room good open meadow at the top. Great after noon trip

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Mostly ohv trails. Wide dirt road trail.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

I believe some of the prior reviews for this are mistakenly referring to the much shorter and easier Hunter Creek trail.....in the same general mountains, but accessed from entirely different spots. This trail, as stated, is 15 miles and pretty tiring and strenuous. It is NOT that heavily used at all, as is the Hunter Creek trail, nor is it narrow in places like that hike. There is very little shade on this hike, and as another hiker stated, it is a very good workout. You access the trailhead near Caughlin Ranch Elementary School, starting on a fire access road. It is not well marked, so be sure to study a map very well before heading out. There are many different little roads and trails leading various directions, so if you don't know where you are actually going, will just end up meandering around. I suggest starting early, as the summer sun was brutal on my way back, having began just after 9 am. Will aim for closer to 6 am next time! It was a great challenge though, that I will be repeating soon.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Hard but a great work out. You will feel it in your legs for sure! Beautiful waterfall at the end. I have been several times and it is pretty busy and the trail gets narrow at numerous spots so take that into consideration. I would recommend this hike, but not during weekends or peak hours.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Very busy trail. This is a popular trail for families and their pets. Although the scenery is great and the trail is well maintained, i was restricted by the number of people. In many areas the trail is large enough for a single person, so getting having to stop for large groups to pass, or getting stuck behind slow hikers can be frustrating. Once you get to the top however, there is a beautiful waterfall and spot to rest before your decent back to the trailhead.

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great trail.