Explore the most popular hiking trails near Reno with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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This was an easy trail. Enjoyed the ducks, turtles and all the birds. Any dogs we encountered, were on leashes.

Really nice trail, easy to follow. Crossing the stream at the start was worth it! Diverse landscapes, beautiful views. Never far from a stream the whole way up!

Great trail that links up with other trails in the area. Park at the sports complex and start with the interpretive nature trail to the left, there are baby great horned owls. For Evans Canyon keep left in the beginning to ensure you’re on the right trail. I kept finding myself on the Miner’s trail. They’re all great and connect with each other tho so don’t be afraid to take a wrong turn!

off road driving
3 days ago

Ran this trail yesterday, unfortunately had to stop about 1.5miles from the end due to the storm rolling in (last 10minutes of the descent was a wet one). Tough in a few areas, definitely need 4x4 and at least 1 locker. Did it in my stock 13’ Rubicon with mud terrains, did not get stuck anywhere. Must be ok with some light scratches from debris in the narrow areas (watch your lines). Lots of cool places to pull aside and picnic or relax. Don’t try this trail without some experience first

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great trail, easy to follow. More difficult in the beginning than in the end. Both my Apple Watch and my boyfriends said that we hiked about 6.1 miles so it is a longer trail but the beautiful waterfall at the end and hiking along the river made this trail very nice!

Beautiful with all the blooming wildflowers!

Good conditioning trail. Next time will go up the trail and down on the dirt to make it easier on the knees. Lots of side trails easy to get lost

Wasn’t satisfied with the waterfall at the end.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a really beautiful hike. The trail winds along a creek at first. There is plenty of shade and the trail is switchbacks which makes it easier. You can hike to the top of the hill to the pond and a little farther for views of Carson City. A LOT of bikers so watch out because they come down fast. I did the hike in the fall and summer and both were enjoyable. You can continue and loop around in both directions at the top if you want. More can be found on my blog (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2017/10/20/dry-pond-hike)

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike with changing landscape.We didn't want to cross through the creek at the beginning so we went to the left and found some steps to a log marked with "x"s that crossed the creek. Nice views and landscape the whole way. Would not recommend on a a hot day or go early in the morning since most of the trail is in the sun then changes to forest. Saw a snake and a momma duck and her ducklings. Not an easy hike, appropriately rated as moderate. Waterfall did not disappoint.

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hiking
8 days ago

Did this trail for a bit more of a challenge and to migrate closer to the Mt. Rose wilderness area. Getting to the trail head was a good time as you do get to take some dirt roads. They are well maintained but could easily see issues for a 2WD vehicle after a heavy rain or snow. The unit management does a great job in both maintaining the road and the trail. Trail is very easy to follow and there are signs marking when trails cross as there are multiple paths to be taken.

I didn't see many people, maybe a dozen or so on my morning hike - and mainly on my return route. About as many mountain bikers as hikers, and all were courteous when crossing paths. There is a bit more variety to the typical 'out and back' trail as there are two different paths you can take in certain areas (one meant for horses and the other for hikers / bikes, but to me it offered a much appreciated slight variety in my surroundings). If you take both the horse path and the "people path" when they split, I recommend the horse going out and the people path on the way back. Its very refreshing to be so close to the stream when you're finishing up your hike.

There were no particularly difficult areas to cross or deal with. Pretty much you're on a well-defined dirt trail the entire hike. The challenge comes from the change in elevation, but the views are more than worth whatever slowing of pace you might have to take. Approximately 75% of the trail is covered by trees, and only when scaling the first side of the mountain are you exposed to the sun, but that comes with the bonus of the views.

It appears as though there was a fire at some point in time that burned a large number of the trees on the first portion of the mountain you hike. Beautiful in its own way. I found myself looking ahead towards the valleys and eventual view of what I'm guessing was Washoe Lake and the town adjacent as I scaled the front side of the mountain. I was so caught up in looking ahead that only by mistake did I turn around and catch what was truly a magnificent view of the snow-covered Mt. Rose and Church Peak. It was snowing at that elevation on the day I went, which made for some great pictures. I would encourage anyone who takes the trail to take some time to appreciate the views on this side of the mountain.

The back side of the mountain that heads down to the Upper Thomas Creek trail was similar to the wooded area that you traverse before heading up the front side of the mountain. You get a nice descent and I was personally fortunate to be greeted by some Steller's Jay Birds, which are quite beautiful.

I saw no snow or muddy areas during my hike on 5/13. Everything was dry and manageable. The trail was enjoyable to experience in both directions and I think beats taking the path which loops back around along Timberline Dr. Your experience may vary, but you definitely feel like you're out in the wilderness when sticking to the Dry Pond Trail, and that's what I'm aiming for.

hiking
8 days ago

First hiking experience in the Reno area and a great start to the many hikes to follow. The trail was clearly identified and easy to follow. Went earlier in the morning on 5/6 so there were fewer on the trail, but on the way back saw a much larger group of folks heading up the trail. Would recommend a morning start in the warmer months as the bulk of the trail is open without cover and you'll get some sun. On cooler or cloudy days a later start would be perfectly fine.

I think this trail is doable for all skill levels. I am from a much lower elevation and don't really hike, but did fine in the couple hours I was on the trail out and back. I will say if you have stability or balance issues you should opt for a walking stick as you do need to cross a couple streams and there are a couple sections where you aren't on a dirt path but climbing across some rocks. For your average person it shouldn't be a problem, but for older folks or those with limited mobility you'll need to slow down in these areas.

There is a path up and around the first creek in case you don't want to brave the rocks or the water is high (I crossed not knowing there was another path, got my hiking shoes wet but they dried quickly enough, on the way back, not as fun as the walk is short to the parking area). When you reach the log close to the falls if you aren't fond of heights (or your dog isn't), there is another path to the right that will require you cross the same stream but won't involve walking across a log over the stream.


The views were beautiful and the reward at the end was spectacular. The falls are truly a great place to stop and take in nature's beauty, and if you need to cool off, there's always that option too. There are some logs and rocks you can sit and have a drink or snack once you reach the falls. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone that wants to quickly get away from town and into nature. You'll see a decent number of people, but trade in buildings for mountains and the sound of the highway for the rushing stream below.

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.

Stunning views, excellent workout, diverse landscape. This is one of my new favorite trails.

hiking
12 days ago

Just started hiking, and this was one of my 1st trails and I loved it!

hiking
13 days ago

Good trail.

We had a lovely day walking this trail. Didn't come back on same trail though. We followed different trail that comes back outside of housing development. I want to go back up there and take a tube and tube back down the water!! My hubby says no.

fun hike.. 1st half overcast/dry.. way back light rain and cool temp. perfect day. sound of running water and birds all day and flowing falls at the top.. :-)

hiking
14 days ago

I’m new to Reno and also new to the AllTrails app; Hunter Creek Trail was my first hike since moving here with my dog and it was AWESOME. I’m an avid hiker and it checked all my hiking boxes for beauty and challenge and views and fun and variety of terrain. Basically, if you haven’t gotten to this one, DO IT TOMORROW.

hiking
15 days ago

That I would say was not a moderate hike. It had a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail but to get there was very rough. If you are an avid hiker I imagine you may be fine but if you are a beginner or out of shape be prepared and bring lots of water. Took us about 3 and a half hours. We will plan to do it again though.

Gorgeous and peaceful.

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.

road biking
17 days ago

Thought this would be good for my son and I to ride bikes on. Sucks it’s all downhill then you gotta pedal all the way up. Beautiful views all along the trail though can’t complain about that.

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

Thought we were never going to make it to the top. Definitely should be rated Difficult, and only because you go up from 5000 elevation to 9000 at the top. Did not get to see the pond because of the snow blocking the path. Snow was also melting and made it a little treacherous in some areas. Definitely recommend this trail to people who are used to big inclines and high elevation, not meant for people that are beginning hikers.

Thought we were never going to make it to the top. Definitely should be rated Difficult, and only because you go up from 5000 elevation to 9000 at the top. Did not get to see the pond because of the snow blocking the path. Snow was also melting and made it a little treacherous in some areas. Definitely recommend this trail to people who are used to big inclines and high elevation, not meant for people that are beginning hikers

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