Jones and Whites Creek Trail

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Jones and Whites Creek Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Reno, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.0 miles
2,450 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Directions from Crystal Bay: Take Highway 431 (Mt. Rose Highway) north until the Galena Creek Rehional Park.

5 hours ago

A perfect conditioning hike. Suggest starting up to the Church's Pond junction then continuing around clockwise.

21 days ago

Made for a great afternoon hike

1 month ago

I did a partial hike. I had my 11 year old daughter with me, and it was a hot day. We went a little over 2 miles in, and came back out. It was a perfect morning hike- lots of shade, the river and creeks, and friendly people on the trail. Lots of mountain bikes, and it’s a pretty rough ride, so be prepared to step aside, as they really don’t have a ton of control, especially on the way down. Only thing that would make this better, is more clear markings with all the other trail connections.

1 month ago

The wildflowers are amazing right now!

2 months ago

Trail is in good shape with lots of wild flowers in bloom. Snow cover is completely gone and the views are spectacular. Be ready for a climb and obviously a decent and crossing over the creek 5 or 6 times. Great hike!

2 months ago

The sounds of the streams for most of the way are so peaceful. The last bit of snow is off the trail and many small flowers have started to bloom. The Aspen trees are getting their leaves in the lower elevations, still too cold towards the tops of the mountains.

3 months ago

Gorgeous and peaceful.

3 months ago

This is one of my favorites in the area. Considering this is a loop, can definitely make it easier or harder on yourself.

Going directly from the trail head straight up to church's pond (clockwise on the loop) is the more difficult way to go. The switchbacks are a challenge and leave many people exhausted. However, then you're pretty much done with the up at that point and the rest is mostly downhill with a gradual descent. It is also much more popular just to go up to church's pond and back, so this side of the loop is always more crowded.

I prefer to go the other direction (counter clockwise). The backside after you leave the whites creek area is so quiet and not hiked nearly as often. It is a gradual uphill until you reach the pond, and then a steep decline back to the trailhead which can be hard on the knees There is sometimes some snow left on the backside of the hills, so be careful where you step during the early spring months. Given it is lower in elevation than some of the other hikes in the area, it is more accessible in April and May.

You do have to cross the creek 3 times on the backside of the loop, none of which are particularly challenging unless you have a temperamental dog that tries to stick her legs between the logs instead of just wading across.

4 months ago

Definitely labeled correctly as “hard”, although my report won’t be completely accurate being we did this hike yesterday April 7 2018, not expecting the entire back half of the Loop to be snow, some places thigh deep. Thankfully there was one set of footprints and this app to keep us on the path until our phones died. There was no cell service either. It was quite a trek getting around the loop-we weren’t sure if we should turn around or keep going but we pressed forward and made it around the whole loop.

We crossed the rushing stream 3 times via log bridge.

The views and surroundings were spectacular. We will definitely do this hike again once the snow melts.

6 months ago

2/10/18 - I hiked Galena Creek to Church’s Pond (and back) last weekend and it was sunny/no snow so I decided to do the full loop this weekend. NOT a good idea. After getting to the crest and beginning the loop descend on the back side, there is quite a bit of snow. I kept going assuming it would be short lived since I was dropping in altitude but not the case. There is limited sun on the back Jones/Whites Creek loop side so it was horribly ICY and dangerous, especially with a drastic drop off on one side of the trail the majority of the way down.
I would love to do this hike again after it warms up more and melts the ice & snow off but even with the warm weather we have been having, I do not recommend the full loop right now. Stick with the Church’s Pond out/back.

6 months ago

One of my favorite local trails. Challenging diverse terrain with amazing views and great places to stop relax by the creeks or overlooking the valleys. You can also easily do a partial in and out too if you just have an hour or two, but I recommend counter clockwise unless you want to get a workout climbing. It is also easy to take a wrong turn onto connecting trails on the loop though so bring the app map if it’s your first time out ;)

6 months ago

Such a beautiful place for hiking

8 months ago

Not too snowy yet, no need for snowshoes or crampons. Good way to start getting used to the cold again for decent length winter hiking/backpacking

8 months ago

It’s one of the most technically difficult hikes around Reno.

Have been doing back to back the switch backs part as a preparation for Kilimanjaro coming in February 2018. The second time is brutal as your muscles work the other way after going down 2 miles. Great preparation though.

8 months ago

Great hike, challenging up hill to start wind was really strong today had to cut the hike short. can't wait to go back

9 months ago

Nice walk on. Sunny Sunday! We did the 9. 2 loop without the pond connector. Was great!

10 months ago

5.4 miles up to an intersection with a beautiful loop. you can then continue on if you like.

11 months ago

Great afternoon hike to take your dog on! Depending on the time of day the trail can be heavily trafficked with other hikers and bicyclist. It is nice and cool and has heavy tree cover for the most part. The creeks (depending on the time of year) are actually quite large and your dog can swim in them. There are a few small waterfalls along the way. It is a beautiful hike and very easy to access and convenient to park at.

Please be respectful and CLEAN UP after yourself, pick up your trash and also your dogs poo!!!

Thank you:)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Did the loop, fantastic hike! Great views and very serene at Church's Pond.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Difficult hike as it is mostly up the entire time but the views are amazing!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

After 7 weeks of trying, finally made the loop.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Went up there the other day, the incline was dificult but it was worth it after we got to the top!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

This is an amazing trail, had a lot of fun and great views

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A great hiking experience!There is a lot of shades all the way and the trail is maintained very well, only find one place has some mud but easy to pass. We can always find a suitable method to go through the creek in the past experiences but this time there is one point with swift current and a bit wide width which is a little strenuous but makes the trip full of fun. The pond is a good viewpoint with the snow mountain background, and there are some snow on the way to the pond today, thanks to the climbing sticks!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Me and coworker just took this challenge Sunday morning and we're very sore the next day! It's a great experience and there at least three great veiw points which include the bridge into Carson city. However my only issue was the directions towards the end... got lost and ended up making our hike much longer. All and all great hike and very well maintained, as well as friendly hikers!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Did the Jones Creek to Church's Pond on Sunday, May 14th. Still some snow from the turn off of the main trail to the pond and the pond is still frozen, but still a great hike with creek flows at such a high level the scenery is amazing.
Today, Saturday May 20th, we hiked the Jones-Whites Loop (Clockwise). There is still a substantial amount of snow on top between the turn to Church's Pond and the first Whites Creek crossing, so the hike was pretty challenging with the added snow trekking! Still an awesome hike! It took a little over 5 hours as compared to around 4 typically.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hiked on Friday 21 April. So happy I did and look to return.

Due to snow along upper trail and being solo hiker, I turned back when setting out to the .7 distance to the lake. Maybe next time as I develop familiarity with the area.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Went today, due to snow we couldn't make the full loop, but the views we did see were amazing.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Amazing Trail Run

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Awesome hike. Fun to veer off a bit and go to church's pond.

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