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

Still snowy and slushy at points. Snow may be coming tonight. Probably not for everyone until later in the season.

beautiful hike. lots of wildflowers! steep in parts, just enough to feel like a great workout!

Great trail with a lot of up and down. The trail is pretty rocky and steep in places. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom!

trail running
23 days ago

Great trail. Strenuous for running given the topography and elevation, for this flat lander.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, with great views. The trail was a pretty snowy/muddy at parts, but still hikeable. I was recommended this hike by a volunteer at Galena visitors center and it did not disappoint.

What a fun trail! It was nice to be in the trees again after waiting for the snow to melt, and this was a great first trail of the season. Lots of water in the creek at this time of year, but still very passable.

Nice hike beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike!
Few runners and bikes but not overly packed with people.
Some snow and mud. Shoe chains helped in the few inches of snow on the ground.

This was my second attempt to get to Rock Lake, but after downloading GPS coordinates, it helped as trail is hard to find after the creek. Hike is very steep going in and we did this on a winter day that turned out to be warm. At almost two miles in, there is a creek crossing and then shortly after, a second one. You will come to a sign showing that Ophir Creek continues on. DO NOT take the trail that goes downhill (this leads into Little Valley and some private property). When you continue on to Ophir Creek trail, it appears the trail stops and you will have to hike up a creek bed. We did this going up. However, there is a trail to the right of the creek, but it is hard to find. Once you go up the creek bed, you will meander through some "bramble" and find the trail again. Eventually, you will come to a couple of signs (one leads you to Upper Price lake and the other to Rock Lake). The trail is downhill from here and there was quite a bit of snow on the trail going in. Once we got to the lake, it was frozen over and we had fun throwing rocks out there to see if it would break. The entire trip (including our 1/2 lunch break at Rock Lake) was about 5 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike and perfect weather. Some ice going downhill as well as some mud but an overall great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was beautiful, icy on the far side but very manageable. The trail was pretty busy but everyone was very nice! Great views! At a steady pace can be done in less than 3 hours. We will do this hike again soon!

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice moderate trail. Steep enough to get the blood pumping but not so bad as needing to stop and catch my breath. Not sure about where it says the trail starts, but this time of year, the gate is closed so you'll have to park on Timberline or go further up to the parking lot. Neat pond at the top, not much water, but being right at the top of the ridge is interesting.

4 months ago

Ok

I had issues with the altitude here. Otherwise it is a nice wide open area good for snowshoe or cross country skiing.

hiking
5 months ago

Went on this hike during the first snow of the season. I was the first person on the trail that day (Started at 7:00AM) and the entire hike was very peaceful. It's a great little hike and is so close to Reno.

recommend for sure

Such a fun, not well known, trail! Very good for running and hiking.

Really great hike especially on a snowy day. Highly recommend it but you might need chains to drive up to the trailhead

7 months ago

easy walk with the family... beautiful scenery.

Good leg workout. wouldn't recommend for young kids. lots of narrow trails with drop offs.

8 months ago

I love this shaded trail. There weren't many people on it with us. The views of the city and Washoe Valley are great.

Great hike, beautiful views and water rushing the majority of the time. Only downfall is the loop takes you onto asphalt to get back to the trailhead.
Great hike, even with the asphalt ending.

8 months ago

Going up the switchbacks and taking the time to stop and turn around to see the views offers a nice break. eating lunch at the dry pond is the perfect mid point of the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

very nice trail. the one downside is parking... you have to park on timberline drive which is a short walk to the trailhead but a bit of a walk from the Thomas Creek trail head after finishing the whole loop. other than that, great views and a nice steady incline. we're visiting from Oregon (I grew up here) and will definitely do this hike again when we come back!

Did this trail last summer and just now found it on alltrails. Great hike with a little bit of everything. beware the bikers though.

Great afternoon walk. Beautiful!

Nice loop hike with lots of wildflowers

Well maintained spot to stretch your legs... beautiful wildflowers on our visit... Nice bathroom structure - pit toilets but well maintained.

Great time of year to come see. Come early to avoid crowds.

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