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Lower Thomas Creek Trail

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Toiyabe National Forest

Lower Thomas Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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rocky
2 days ago

Beautiful trail - saw lots of lizards and wildflowers. Enjoyed hiking along the river.

NY day hike a lot of water at the top. over all a great hike with great views. look for the old car. definitely will hike again.

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16 days ago

Nice hike with my bride. Saw two gopher snakes, quail, magpie, spotted towhee, wildflowers and lots of baby lizards.

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no shade
18 days ago

Nice hike with great views of Mt Rose...more on the easy/moderate level. Only thing that makes it difficult is the heat!

19 days ago

Great trail. Ranchers are running sheep right now so dogs must be on leash

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no shade
23 days ago

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rocky
24 days ago

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27 days ago

Fun little trail, some shade in the beginning by the stream. Lots of desert flowers right now

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28 days ago

The trail is in good condition and it wasn't too crowded when we went. Nice hike close to home.

Started at welcome way. Crossed thomas creek from west to east. Found rope swing.

hiking
1 month ago

A personal favorite for a morning walk. A small group of us. Quiet in the early morning. Glorious views of snow capped Mt. Rose and clear sky. Got a bit more crowded going back out. Trail connects to additional trails to extend your hike. Wildflowers in bloom.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Decent trail. I'd recommend this one to beginners. There were times where the trail would randomly branch off because some people keep walking off trail. Not very scenic though. Goes all the way up to dry pond which was awesome

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muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail for the edge of the city. Nothing too strenuous but some decent views.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
2 months ago

The hubby and i hiked this today. Lots of mud but we just walked along side the trail. The view on the way out is gorgeous!! The creek is full with a ton of little waterfalls along the way. It’s longer than it says. We clocked 5.9 miles but we did go past the end to the bottom of the mountain. Great exercise. Worth the minimal effort.

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muddy
2 months ago

Easy trail, little rocky. Second leg towards upper Thomas is a bit muddy coupled with some switchbacks. Ended up running a lot of it. No snow.

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muddy
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
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rocky
3 months ago

Great suburban trail. Nice views, nice scenery. Well developed trail. Often rocky. Very quiet even though homes are within view. Great trail. Longer than 4.7 miles. I clocked 5.5. New switchbacks midway add some distance.

no shade
rocky
3 months ago

After an unusually sunny and warm winter week, the trail has no snow, ice or even mud at the moment. Make sure to follow the trail when it veers off from the creek to the left in the first half of the hike or you will go through a private golf course.

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muddy
4 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

very easy going trail, some pretty colors on the leaves in October. Most of the trail is unshaded till you get to the upper Thomas Creek trail. Heavily trafficked, and dog friendly.

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7 months ago

beautiful at this time of year!

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8 months ago

If you like rocks, dirt, sand and sagebrush you like this hike. it starts out strong next to the river, but it disconnects from the river and you walk along this trail with nothing but sagebrush.

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