Explore the most popular off road driving 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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off road driving
1 month ago

I had a great time on the trail today. The road is a but narrow for a full wife truck, but still doable. I was a little disappointed to find Hunter Lake was just a green field. I would definitely do it again in the spring. I didn't pass a single person in the whole entire Trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Off road driving should be removed from this trails description. It is not permitted and there are boulders at the the trailhead preventing vehicles from entering.

off road driving
2 months ago

Did the trial in mid July. Very fun course, challenging at times depending on what you’re driving but very scenic. I have a 2016 DCSB Tacoma with 33” bfg’s and a locking rear differential. At some parts it definitely sped up the trail with the diff lock but I think an expert ended person could do it without. 4wd a must, I’d say about 12” of ground clearance is recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail again today, and didn't pass even one other person! It took me 7 hours up and back, and that was only stopping for a few photos at the lake- no breaks! I was surprised that there is still a little water in the lake, and will post photos. The trail is in decent shape at the moment, no mud or snow, but this is a pretty strenuous hike, I must admit! One that I will likely do annually, but pushes my limits to do more often. There were many deer in the upper elevations, but thankfully no bears today!

off road driving
2 months ago

Easy trail to navigate in my stock Jeep. Lots of wild flowers, trees and incredible views as you ride up to the antennas at the top.

off road driving
3 months ago

Just suggested an edit for the trailhead location for this. The entry at Poeville Ln. is blocked off and you cannot enter here with a vehicle (hiking only). Entry is about 10 min east at the top of Kings Row street.

Trail was fun and a few challenging obstacles. Definitely need a high clearance 4x4.

Lots of wild flowers in bloom. Ran across a Jeep and a homeless guy walking down from the peak.

off road driving
3 months 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

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun little run to take on a nice day up to Virginia City, only one small sketchy area that has a big of a run off. Cool photos to take along the way. Any 4x4 shouldn’t have an issue

Hiked this trail 5/5/18. Excellent climb. Trail is primarily loose gravel fire road. Just when the loose gravel starts to get annoying it breaks for a bit. I saw only 2 other hikers. A couple of jeeps, motorcycles and ATVs. Not enough to be annoying. The trail to the “lake” is partially covered in snow but still easy to follow. It is more of a marsh than a lake, but pretty nonetheless. The trail is nothing marvelous with little to look at. The tree variety is interesting and the views of the City in the beginning are spectacular. I wouldn’t do it again except for training.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail that is easy to notice the changes in the flora while changing elevation. The trail from the peak over to the lake is still covered with snow, so plan accordingly. Lots of different trails that are easy to navigate with the app.

off road driving
5 months ago

Started trail from North of Virginia City, and went West to Washoe Lake. Great trail for beginners looking to challenge themselves on a few technical spots throughout. Would not suggest a stock full size truck or SUV as the technical areas are quite small and washed out. Most of the trail is easy with the exception of previously mentioned technical sections which would be difficult for first timers without a partner. Full trip will take about an hour.

(Vehicle used was a 2016 Colorado with 2 inch lift and 32 inch tires)

Wow. This hike Is now in my top five in Reno. I have hiked almost every other trail, and this one was the most challenging, with the best views hands down!. I went on a weekday around 1 o’clock and there was virtually no one else on the trail with me and my dog. Wide set trail with changes in terrain and up hill almost all the way. The view even just 3 miles in of the whole city of Reno is jaw dropping. I can’t wait to come back and hike the full thing - will definitely be an accomplishment.
This is NOT the hunter creek trail, nowhere near it (this one is up past scolaris), and the directions take you right to the trail head. I would definitely keep the map open as you’re going the first couple Of miles if you want to follow the main trail. There are a lot of off shoots and you can lose the main trail easily without looking at the map.
Highly recommend this for a good workout!

off road driving
6 months ago

I've been driving this trail for years, it's a good short beginner trial with some fun more challenging offshoots. Right now in March 2018 it's got some lower areas that are pretty washed out, but as long you have a basic 4x4 you should be fine.

I've been wanting to check this trail out for quite some time. I hiked it after several nights of snow, with melting during the day. Looked like all of the tracks from the 4X4's were headed down hill, the mud was quite slippery. They must have done some work to the road as there were no large rocks, no deep ruts. Very pretty area, minimal sounds from the highway. Hoped to see some mustangs, only saw tracks. Glad that I hiked it, I've been up rougher roads in rental cars!

off road driving
7 months ago

Good trail to hit when heading from Reno to Virgina city. a lot of loose good size rocks. 4x4 with good clearance or skid plates recommended. took about 30 minutes or so. close to 4 miles .

hiking
7 months ago

Great scenic diversity, a little crowded but challenging and SO worth it.

off road driving
7 months ago

Easy trail, able to navigate with stock small SUV. Views were incredible at top, could see entire valley.

off road driving
7 months ago

Very fun shorter trail. Definitely would rate moderate for anyone in a full size truck, easy on an ATV or maybe a two door Jeep (anything narrow with a short wheelbase). Did this trail in my Tundra crew cab, and barely fit in a couple places, plus the trail winds along 70-100 foot drop offs in certain points (not as easy when your tires are on the edge). Very rocky in certain places, so be careful not to pop a tire, and watch for other traffic on the trail because passing is extremely difficult on most of the route. Amazing views and took about 40 minutes to complete at a slow comfortable pace. Would definitely do it again, and if I were in a more narrow vehicle I’m sure it would be even more fun and a little less hair raising.

off road driving
7 months ago

The staging point for off road driving is on Avenida De Landa where it turns into Las Brisas. Look for the sign in the picture. All other entrance points are blocked off. Fun trails. We didn't have a lot of time to explore so we'll be back for sure.

HOT the day we went, no shade so we took an umbrella and lots of water. Great views!

Started out pretty rough and some narrow passes. Definitely needed four wheel drive in this area. I would call this section moderate not easy. Very beautiful views, we were in our 4x4 Jeep and we had to move very slow on this section. Then about half way it looked much better and probably maintained by the county. From there on out there was still very pretty views but that section was easy. There are a few homesteads in the easier section so that is probably why the road was better.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

I rate everything that doesn’t disappoint me five stars and this trail had great views!

11 months ago

Great off-road trail

Friday, September 08, 2017

Great but rocky road to Hunter Lake and Big Meadow. Plentiful water and edibles along the way.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I have done this trail several times. Do not confuse this with hunter creek trail. No water along the way. Note, you are hiking on a loose gravel dirt road the entire way. Wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. Also don't be disappointed when you get to the "lake", it is actually a marsh and the headwaters to hunter creek. Still for some reason I love this journey. Very active bear country as well.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great training inclines, nice views and sparse traffic.

off road driving
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Very quick and simple trail that any stock jeep or 4x4 truck could manage. Some off trail breakaways are fun to explore, some many need experience or modifications. Great overall for beginners or experienced looking for a quick 4x4 fix.

off road driving
Saturday, May 27, 2017

pretty gnarly right now.. went off roading and got through some precarious stuff.

definitely would not advise a novice to go. saw a dude get his Dodge Ram get seriously stuck

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