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The initial "uphill" portion of trail is a bit of a pain. There isn't really a single path, making the steep climb both annoying and slippery (lots of loose pebbles/gravel). What does help is to go around the initial incline to the west, following a narrow well-traveled path along the ditch, and then taking a very clear incline back to the posted track. (Note the attached Relive video).

The trail is clear, with plenty of room for bikes and people. I saw just two solo mountain bikers on the trail this afternoon. It is unfortunate that the pipe now exists in the hole. However, the owners of the property and canal (Steamboat Canal Company) did so to improve water flow while also prevent more damage that occurred during the recent heavy winter---along with blocking stupid people who often tried to go through the hole.

I decided to go the normal route back (on that steep portion). In hindsight, I should have went back down the initial route I took. This is a decent couple hour hike that's close to town with easy access.
https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10000471934

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.

This hike is quite shady. Don't make my mistake and wear sunglasses. You do follow the creek basically the whole way. Lots of pine, birch, little waterfalls. It's a cute trail. The trail head starts at the very bottom of the treeline. It is easy to find with the google. Where the trail ends is a mystery. I turned around after an hour, making it a straight two hour hike. There is a parking lot at the TH. The sunny alternative to this hike is the Lower trail, which I actually preferred because I love sun.

This is a great trail my daughter's and I love going up here. Well worth the hike to see the waterfall. Beautiful area.

Our group chose this trail with the intention to hike, but the trail was easy enough that we were able to walk leisurely in a short amount of time. We found benches placed strategically in different areas, perhaps as resting spots for older hikers and to enjoy the surrounding views. Light traffic, inner city trail. Short enough to squeeze in as a daily work out schedule after work hours especially, if you don't want to deal with rush hour traffic. There's also a small park at bottom of the trail with clean public restrooms. No trees for shade so summer walks, jogging and running can be very hot in summer time.

4 days ago

You’ve got to be kidding me. A walk around the block at my house is more interesting. Why is this in the app??

mountain biking
5 days ago

Great beginner ride. Would be great for kiddos too.
Paved the entire 3.1m with only sparse defects from roots of larger trees. Very flat. Excellent wetland views intermixed with suburban development/homes.

Beautiful trail, follows the creek the whole way, steady mellow incline. Did it after work in a little less than two hours

Closed. We tried to do it anyway since we drove all the way there, but it's not at all maintained and you can't go more than 1/4 mile in because of the erosion. (Can't say the sign didn't warn us) Hoping this gets fixed.

off road driving
7 days 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.

The "hike" is a 800 ft cliff followed by a 2.5 mile flat dirt road that follows the man made canal. There were a total of ten trees in the "national forest". The hole in the wall had a 5 ft wide pvc pipe stuck inside it. The path had a total of 4 signs. all of which said to keep the trail clean and no markings for directions. There were several other parking places that would have made more sense to be the trail head.

The single pro was that it was silent and peaceful with a view of the city.

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Really beautiful trail. I hiked this with my 15 month-old in the carrier and we had a great time. Lots of shade, and the inclines weren’t too bad. Be on the lookout for bicyclists - one had a bell on their bike which was very helpful! The trail is on the road for a hundred feet or so; just follow the signs. It was nice to get on a trail that was shaded without having to drive too far. I would say this is a good trail if you have kids too; no steep drop-offs and it’s nice to go along the creek most of the way.

Note on getting to the trailhead: follow Timberline Road until it becomes a dirt road, cross the bridge and stay right. The parking lot with the bathroom for the trailhead is up the hill on the left. You can turn left just after the bridge and park along the creek, and be closer to the start of the trail, but there’s no bathroom there.

Bathroom at trailhead: yes
Stroller-friendly: no

I heard a rumor that there is a steel bridge a little bit further up from the first stream crossing. I never found it and I of course got wet. Bring dry socks, snacks and at least two bottles of water. There are three spots of cobbled hell, just take your time. on my way down, EMS crews were going up to tend someone who got injured. Try to get to the trailhead before ten unless you want to walk an extra half a mile to the trail head.

great place to go and spend half a day. very beautiful, the creek is great it is nice to listen to. Lots of traffic, pay attention for bikes coming from behind.
lots of dogs. if you keep on Upper Thomas Creek Trail, you will head up to Washoe Wildness and the people really thin out. I had a great day.

Not a very pretty hike

hiking
13 days ago

The approach is wonderful as it follows the creek. The ascent is a moderate incline for about 2 miles. Dry pond is beautiful though! Out of nowhere you approach this unexpected “meadow” and it’s just gorgeous the way is nestles into the mountain side.

I think the trail length is shorter than listed, though. My Garmin showed about 5.5 miles total.

Lovely scenery and paved trail. It's downhill out and uphill back, so be prepared for the elevation gain to be all on the back half. On our way back we ran into a bobcat on the middle of the trail, but they just moved along on their way, as did we.

The middle part of the trail kinda had the sulfurous smell of sewage, which wasn't great when you were breathing heavily uphill.

absolutely beautiful and worth the trek to the waterfall

hiking
14 days ago

very easy and beautiful, saw a deer, and multiple wild flowers.

hiking
14 days ago

This was one of the best trails I’ve been on! Our 1 1/2yr old Lab loved it!! Beautiful scenery, wildflowers....the sound of birds and the creek and of course the waterfall! There are a couple of shaded spots along the trail, but not many until you get to the tree line which means your getting close to the waterfall. It was windy yesterday and at some points of the trail the gusts were pretty strong blowing dry sand and gravel. Lots of people on the trail. It’s an easy hike as far as the terrain and elevation goes, but moderate for the length. Not a good trail for mountain biking, though...too many people, and it’s a single trail! People should keep their dogs leashed (even if they are friendly, because people don’t know that and some are afraid of dogs) AND please clean up after them!

hiking
14 days ago

I’ve done this trail a number of times and really enjoy it’s difficulty considering how close it is to Reno! If you follow the wider trail from the parking lot, you will probably have to wade through water to get to the other side, but in the left corner of the parking lot there is a much smaller trailhead that can lead you to a log over the creek. It is a bit past the little gully with a drain pipe, and has some wooden steps leading down. The log isn’t in the best shape, so I would recommend only going one at a time, but if you’re really intent on not getting your feet wet that’s the best route I know of! On the other side of the log, go up to meet back with the main trail.
This trail is not super easy, especially in the heat of the day, but it is absolutely doable even if you’re not in great shape! I think it’s a perfect intermediate hike if you are looking to build muscle and stamina and want something more challenging than some of the other hikes nearby. The last part of the trail is in some much-appreciated shade, and the waterfall at the end is wonderfully refreshing on a hot day :)

Beautiful scenery and the waterfall was amazing!

hiking
15 days ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Loved the stream, and yes, it is all downhill on the way in, and uphill on the way back. I am not in shape and I handled this just fine. I saw a deer on the mountain and heard coyotes in the rocky hills above about 2/3 the way in. Very cool.

Love this trail and wildflowers are beautiful right now

Trail is in good shape with lots of wild flowers in bloom. Snow cover is completely gone and the views are spectacular. Be ready for a climb and obviously a decent and crossing over the creek 5 or 6 times. Great hike!

Great trail. Very beautiful & scenic through most areas. Great for dogs as well.

Did this hike with my 15-month-old in the carrier and two other mom friends and their babies. Note that there's no bridge at the first creek crossing and the water's pretty deep, so you either have to make your way across some rocks and logs and hope you don't slip, or travel the other way along/up from the creek to a dam and cross there (that's not meant as a crossing but it worked for us). Trail is very narrow with steep drop-offs much of the way so I would be wary of coming here with younger kiddos. It's also tough to cross the creek just before the waterfall to get to the other side - there's one area to cross with a pretty wide tree across the creek, or up a little ways there are some rocks and smaller logs stacked across. With wriggly kiddos we didn't feel comfortable doing either so we continued up the creek to the waterfall where there was a very small area to see it and sit a bit. Definitely recommend this hike for earlier in the day as it got hot really fast. But really beautiful and sitting near the waterfall to rest before heading back was very refreshing.

A nice moderate hike in Reno. Beautiful waterfall at the end. It gets really hot during midday, would recommend going early or later in the evening to avoid the direct sunlight. There is little to no shade for most of the trail. It is only during the end that you’ll have tree coverage. You will need to cross some deep streams this time of year, so either prepare to get your feet wet or have trekking poles if you don’t have good balance. We were able to cross by walking on logs and rocks to avoid getting wet. I did see some trash a long the trail, please pick up after yourselves. Also, dogs can use this trail, we came across several not on leashes. Be aware of dog poop as well.

Short but sweet. It packs a decent workout and view into a 1.5 miles out and back trail. The last half is pretty steep and challenging. I saw quail and jack rabbits. The top affords great views of Reno and the surrounding values. You almost feel like you are suspended over the houses below. I will have to return with the kids who will get a kick out of watching the planes take off from the airport. Be mindful on the way down, the trail is pretty loose and it is easy to lose your footing.

hiking
22 days ago

nice paved path. All down hill until the end, and then be prepared for the climb back up! Did this with my one year old and he did great. Found a golf ball and he threw it to the bottom of the trail so there was motivation for him. Very nicely maintained. Lots of lizards on the rock wall. And we saw one snake slithering in there for a nap or a snack too.

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