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A definite must in the early spring snow runoff. Easy access.

Nice little hike! Enjoyed the little creek and gazebo on the way. Beautiful view of washoe lake! Kid friendly

Short hike but I like to loop it around and take the old King’s Canyon Rd a bit on foot and then join the main waterfall big loop, turning it into about 5.5 miles. A bit of an incline up the old road and you’ll want to stay alert due to the 4 wheeling but it adds a nice workout to the otherwise short trail. The waterfalls are very nice, just stay out of the water, it’s the water source for Carson.

Spent Black Friday doing this hike with very little other hikers. We encountered quite a bit more snow than we expected and should have brought snowshoes, so word to the wise, the snow is very deep in November. Nicely marked trail, beautiful views of Marlette Lake. Pack a lunch and enjoy the little peninsula that stretches out into the lake.

As of January 2018 it is now $10 to enter the park. No discount for Nevada residents.
This is a wonderful trail, a bit muddy in places due to the overnight rain but still very passable. A little elevation gain and the need to watch your footing due to rocks on the trail but otherwise an easy stroll with fantastic rocky mountain views.

Nice little trail

the landscape is pretty cool. it's not on the grandest scale but a nice chill Hangout area for camping. it's actually pretty awesome Camp spot

off road driving
12 days 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)

hiking
12 days ago

Love to take the dogs here to cool off in the water. Keep on leash at all times (it’s the law) for safety of your pup and other pups.
Easy hike for the whole family

lots of fun! but not in spring mountain ranch like stated. We had a great time but there was no waterfall today. Still amazing to see.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike and no crowds on a Monday.

There's actually a looping trail here, but many people took the direct route to the elephant rock. I recommend the loop, as there is plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy.

Many petroglyphs to see- don't miss this short hike!

We did a guided night hike and it was awesome.

Spectacular views. Well maintained. Very easy.

hiking
16 days ago

Taking this trail clockwise (starting from the left behind the toilets) can be intimidating as you go down about 200 feet down a man made stone staircase. This can be tricky if you're not used to it, especially as the sand on the steps can be slippery with the wrong shoes. If this intimidates you, I'd suggest to start the trail from the other side of the parking circle, taking the trail counterclockwise. Going from this direction, you will take a sandy trail following the side of the road, then down some manmade steps (much more standardized in size than on the other side of the trail, and not steep at all- you can see those steps in my photos), then a short slick rock you may need to step down. This is the hardest part on this side of the trail, then the trail will be realatively flat for about .2-.3 miles, then it will get a little rocky. You could go down in to the wash take a left into the 'slot canyon' ... at the next left is where you can go up the 200 foot incline (staircase) or turn around and go back if the steps are intimidating.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy walk out, but it was very heavily trafficked mid-day. Impossible to get a pic without many people in the shot.

We didn’t quite make it to the reservoir as we turned back due to snow a little past the water tanks. The views were beautiful out to the Carson Valley below. It is a steady climb (but I’m 70) and we determined to come back in a few weeks. This would NOT be a good summer hike - I’d drive up a different route. But there is plenty of water for the dogs in a creek most of the way. Can’t wait to try it again in the Spring and Fall and see the lake and fish.

Took my 6 month old for an adventure in my backpack. Encountered lots of snow on the northern facing slopes.

Short trail but cool end point.

Easy fun hike with a lot of petroglyphs and beautiful rock formations. The little “water tank” at the end is pretty neat and boast some great scenery

hiking
23 days ago

This is a climb up some stairs more than it is a hike. The petroglyphs at the top are really cool and you get great views of the desert. The surrounding area is also really cool and fun to explore. Definitely worth a stop.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful, short and easy hike! Definitely kid friendly. There are plenty of rocks to climb along the trail. The scenery and colors here are amazing and the little slot canyon around halfway through the hike is really cool. This hike has plenty of great photo ops as well!

hiking
23 days ago

I wouldn’t really call this a hiking trail. It’s a small short walk along the side of the main road right on the east entrance of the park. The rock formation is pretty neat though.

A very easy hike, great for kids!

Nice hike for everyone. Take the dogs here a lot.

walking
27 days ago

easy walk nice visitor center

hiking
27 days ago

my favorite spot at valley of fire alot of area to explore dont really need trails

walking
27 days ago

short hike with nice rock formation

walking
27 days ago

short walk up some stairs to see something cool

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