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Upper Thomas Creek Trail

MODERATE 270 reviews
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Upper Thomas Creek Trail is a 14.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Reno, Nevada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,156 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Crystal Bay: Take Highway 431 north to Forest Road 094. Travel along this road west until the trailhead.

horseback riding
rocky
5 days ago

Fun trail, people were very considerate for horses, some parts get rocky, some creek crossings, first bridge at the bottom is narrow, second bridge was fine, trail was very clearly marked, look out for the two abandoned cars which were neat, very pretty with the fall leaves, I will be coming back!

horseback riding
21 days ago

Beautiful, crisp fall morning only added to the perfect scenery. Respectful hikers and bikers . Will definitely be back.

hiking
27 days ago

Love it it’s so close to me love going here when ever I get chances.

super dog friendly. moderately busy.

horseback riding
1 month ago

great trail clearly marked respectful hikers and biker.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

I have hopes to one day follow this trail all the way to the top of Mt. Rose. This time I had a heavy pack on and did good to make it to the beginning of the switch backs. The trail can be quiet crowded from the beginning to the large bridge. Then most of the people turn around. by the time the river crosses the road most of the remainders have turned around. Past that point is you might see 1 or 2 other hikers. The whole trail to the switch backs is in a valley so there aren't grand views, but the rushing of the river will keep you company most of the way.

hiking
2 months ago

very beautiful and quiet. some place to unwind and be completely in nature. simply perfect!

hiking
2 months ago

The trail actually extends all to way to Rim to Reno trail system with total 14.7 mi out and back from the trailhead. The first part is mostly shaded and most people make a loop by taking the Dry pond and Whites creek. The final section is steeper and mostly not shaded, but you will find some breathtaking views along the way up the hill. You need to bring enough water and we see very few people go all to way up as we did. Would definitely come back again sometime.

hiking
2 months ago

great for families and trail runs. lots of great scenery but no real apex to the trail (joins in with rose to reno at mile 3)

hiking
3 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. AT reads O/B 5.5m 1100vft; however, our hike came to 9+m w/1600vft. Trail is clean. Non-technical. And with Thomas Creek in full swing, the mini-waterfalls are at every turn. I really loved the 'fern field' near the top of Thomas Creek (so pretty). A lot of shade which is nice considering hot days are coming. We crossed 2 streams that were fast moving and ankle+ deep. Be careful as rocks are slippery. Since we hiked during the week we saw a few families and lots of dogs. I bet on the wknds it is a busy trail. If you get the chance check it out. Happy Trails

hiking
3 months ago

great morning hike with the dog. shaded, lots of Creek water, partial views. follow the markers and go into the National Forest boundaries. Wildflowers, water, shade. would do it again. out and back. 8.54 mi. go early to avoid the crowds and the mountain bikers.. but everyone was friendly and respectful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, took upper trail which is pretty much walking on the road but it gets steep and gives a good workout. Went past the creek (which you can wade through or use the fallen trunks to the left as a makeshift bridge- which we did). Extended into the Mt. Rose wilderness for a total of 8 miles RT. Carry enough water, other than the stream/creek, there's no water. Mostly shaded and a very good climb. Very convenient to Downton Reno as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Good Reno local hike to do once. Lots of mountain bikes, would be good for trail running too!

hiking
4 months ago

great trail

hiking
4 months ago

took the continuation after the bridge today and it offers some great rock formations. thankfully, the shade cover kept me cool. Thomas creek is a go to for a great shaded elevation gain hike.

4 months ago

My favorite hike so far.Beautifil Vista's the rushing wind and water flowing.

4 months ago

One of my favorite local hike is to traverse the Upper Thomas Creek, across Dry Pond, down Upper Whites Creek then end with a short street walk back to the vehicles. Awesome flowing water/small waterfalls sounds, birds singing, flowers. Trail in good condition but does have some rocky sections.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail to hike. Lots of people and dogs so be prepared!

4 months ago

up a couple days ago with group..once you pass dry pond u can continue towards church..then as u start climbing still good snow on trail..couple creek crossings..will check it out later in summer..and when I've gotten my full hiking legs back..moderate is good classification depending on ur time restraints..

hiking
muddy
private property
snow
5 months ago

The trail is great! lots of snow on the peak. very scenic and beautiful on mt. rose peak. good for biking, hiking

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Super pretty trail lots of amazing views! My dog loved it. It starts with a gorgeous patch of aspens. It gets pretty rocky about midway through but the views are worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Earlier is less crowded.

hiking
5 months ago

Had a great time today! Headed out on trail at 6 am. Only one other vehicle in the parking lot. A bit cool at first but was shedding layers by the time I turned around. Passed a few avid trail runners after entering the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Both very friendly. I reached the large bridge on the way back down around 8:30 and there were bunches of people from that point on. The smell of the pine trees is great no matter how many people are around!

hiking
5 months ago

As of just after Easter weekend, the trail is almost completely dry. Gorgeous little waterfalls everywhere along the creek, birds chirping, chipmunks scurrying around logs and plenty of shade. Perfect hike!

hiking
off trail
snow
6 months ago

muddy
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful on a sunny day but the area is still got a cover of snow and very slippery icy areas. gorgeous view towards summit

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