Lower Thomas Creek Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Lower Thomas Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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1 month ago

This is a sunny exposed trail, the alternate half of the upper end. I preferred this trail because the topography is so unusual compared to what I'm used to seeing on the East coast. For me, the upper trail did not pack the same Wow effect as this trail did. Just like the Upper trail, this is a two hour hike. Lots of wildflowers, a fair amount of locals hiking and walking dogs. I felt totally safe at all times. PLEASE do yourself a favor, and park at the TH for the Upper Thomas Creek trail, and walk down-hill. I wasted half an hour trying to find the actual lower trail head with google maps, and ended up giving up. Plus, it takes you on extremely bumpy roads that aren't OK for a rental sedan! Once I finally found this trail (Timberline Drive) I loved every minute of the hike! You do cross the stream one time, but there is no direct view of it for most of the hike. You hear it, but don't see it.

2 months ago

Beautiful with all the blooming wildflowers!

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3 months ago

Hiked this today with my toddler in the carrier; it's a beautiful trail! Singletrack and rocky; definitely not stroller-friendly. A gradual incline on the way out with some ups and downs. Not shaded at all so sun protection is necessary. We saw lots of lizards running around and the Quaking Aspen along the creek were beautiful. Note there wasn't a porta-potty or restroom at the trailhead at Arrowcreek Park.

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6 months ago

Lots of views interrupted by houses. This trail is interesting in that it starts out right next to Thomas Creek, wanders away from the creek and out into the sage brush fields, back to the creek and then changes to the lower part of the forest. Aspen trees follow the creek the majority of the way. Trail has some fairly large rock as it's Nevada, but there were a couple of trail runners making their way along just fine.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great trail. Close to town yet far enough away to not hear traffic :) creek is rushing very beautiful!!!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good trail if not a bit too much civilization around it. Beautiful healthy Aspen all along the trail right up to Mt Rose. Will be a great fall color spot. It is very rocky in parts.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Really enjoyed this hike. the mile after you cross the creek is really rocky so it was a little slow going coming down... But there were Lots of pretty flowers, even more scurrying lizards.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's a nice trail for a cool day with little to no wind. There are sweeping views, challenging single track, water about half the trail. Downside is that it's VERY rocky, no shade and no wind protection.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

If you are a regular hiker of hills, this trail is easy. If you are a paved trail or fire road walker, this trail could be moderate for the very narrow path and the natural rocks.
Its a great "express" trail when time restricted. I made this trail best by running it, just be warned of the loose rocks and soil!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

rather boring, hot, no shade. the creek is nice but your barely next to it. skip this and drive to the upper trails instead. this trail connects to the upper and that's where it starts getting pretty.

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Nice easy trail. Bring water as there is no shade in the trail. There is a Geocache along the trail.

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