Lower Galena Creek Trail

MODERATE 127 reviews

Lower Galena Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles
774 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking


trail running





wild flowers



1 month ago

lotsa water for the dogs.

3 months ago

Great trail. Very beautiful & scenic through most areas. Great for dogs as well.

3 months ago

very peaceful and Awesome place to hike! I love it

4 months ago

Extremely manicured and well trafficked hike. Walks along a neighborhood/golf course and ends at a highway. Much better hikes around.

4 months ago

Truly beautiful and enjoyable! Do this hike at least once a week. My dog loves it

5 months ago

This is a nice hike along a pretty river. The river is very full this time of year, but not over it's banks. Walking the river on this side of the highway does indeed make you appreciate the lack of houses on the other side. There are Aspen's growing along the river for most of the trails length. I'm sure it's very pretty in the fall. Interesting fallen log bridge at the end of the trail. Not much past that, but fun to climb the natural bridge.

5 months ago

Is this a hike? No. Is it a beautiful walking trail through the backyards of Alpine mansions with an awesome view of the mountains? Yes. Good for dogs, not too much snow considering the trails at higher elevations are covered right now. Really beautiful suburban walk.

8 months ago

It was a nice walk, but is far from a “moderate” hike. There was very little incline, and for the entirety of the “hike” you find yourself looking directly into someone’s backyard, or back door. All that aside the river was beautiful and there were some great views, however if you’re looking for a hike I don’t recommend this trail.

9 months ago

11 months ago

Friday, August 04, 2017

This trail was nice quiet and cool. very few people. Saw a few deer. The biggest problem I noticed was tbe dog feces along the trail. There were plenty of bags at the trail head, I guess some just don't care.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This trail was our first choice for getting back into hiking this year and it was a good choice. It is about 2/3 shaded and well marked and maintained. This trail goes along side beautiful Galena creek and gorgeous multimillion dollar homes and was very manageable for me and my older lab who are not in optimal shape. The only downside was when we stopped for a few minutes alongside the creek, my adult son picked up a tick along the way.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Very mellow and enjoyable trail. Heavy on dog traffic. Most not on a leash. Not a bad thing just be aware of you are brining pets. The creek was very high, could be seen or heard the entire time. Durning the heavy residential area, keep an eye out for the biggest pine trees I have ever seen. Will do again in the future. Only thing that could have been better would be to have been a little bit more off the beaten path.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beautiful hike shaded most of the way. Bring mosquito repellent we got a few bites.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The trail is pretty residential but the stream is wonderful. Keep going it gets better The farther you go.

Monday, June 19, 2017

It was a great trail. We were warned by some people walking out that they saw a bear. Just keep a look out. We did not see it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good trail with a nice creek and and Aspen groves near the end at Mt Rose Highway. A lot of housing around the trail is a downside. Would be a blast on a bike.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

love it. great for a good morning walk.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tried to complete this, this last weekend (25-26FEB) . It def still covered in snow. The first 1.5 miles is low enought to stomp through but is currently under 3+ feet of snow near the top 1/3 of the trail. The creek is quite beautiful right now. It's going to be a mini white water rapids in the spring. Going to hike it through to upper Galena once it thaws.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The hike is rather residential for a while, but very pretty still. Most of it is along the creek, but at one point it reaches a fork. I didn't use the tracker, so I didn't know which way to go, but I stuck right in the direction of the creek. Once I reached the fork, I didn't pass any people. It was very nice and peaceful. My dog loved playing in the creek. Most of it is shaded, so that's nice for a late start to the hike and it's very flat most of the way. Very small inclines.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

It was very nice and peaceful. My kids had lots of fun exploring.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Very nice trail. Trail runs along nice stream . Very scenic with lots of shade. Great beginner trail that's family friendly .

trail running
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to go again.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Great for running

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I thought that it was fun and a lot of going up hill beautiful sites with the water would have been better if it wasnt raining but still pretty

Monday, July 20, 2015

Beautiful trail. Keep on it up to the visitor's center, where it connects to all the major Mt. Rose trails.

Monday, July 06, 2015

great hike especially with dogs. Very dog friendly and people friendly. After you get past dry pond trail and head toward Thomas creek trail. Less traffic and very beautiful and quite.

Friday, June 26, 2015

only ok.

Friday, June 19, 2015

This is a great neighborhood trail. Very easy with a slight elevation gain. Park at the trailhead in Callahan Ranch and walk the entire trail up to Joy Lake Road. It is a pretty hike that follows a small creek and winds through pine trees. The only negative is that is can get crowded, but it is a good beginner hike.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 21, 2014

I'm a beginner mountain biker & this was a great little trail! It has a steady ascent, some technical areas to go through with several sharp curves. Will be doing it again

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