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So far...favorite hike in the Tahoe-Reno network of trails.

Breathtaking views once you get past 7500 feet.

Would highly recommend.

I hiked this trail up to Mt. Rose Meadows in October. Beautiful, looking at all the leaves changing colors in the fall and there’s a forest of aspen trees. It’s a peaceful hike make sure you bring a lunch and plenty of water.

Was glad that I added this into my morning. Love the creek sounds. Not too long so it's easy to squeeze in.

hiking
4 days ago

All of the trails in Galena are great! The easy access from Reno and the instant mountain terrain. This is a nice trail. Perfect for when you're looking for something quick.

5 days 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
14 days ago

Easy fun hike. Stopped along the way to enjoy the sounds

This trail surprised me. Even though this time of year, all the fauna is brown. I had a really good time seeing all of the birds. a bunch of Wood ducks, a couple of Mallards, a Heron, a Red Tailed Hawk and a few Black Birds. There were prints from several Deer on the trail. I was thankful for the strong breeze that Washoe Valley is known for. Without it the bugs could have been bad even at this time of year.

Really fun trail! Doesn't take too long before the sounds of the freeway are drowned out by the wind through the pine needles, sounds of the creek and the birds singing. Yes, there is a pretty good grade to climb, but you are going from Washoe Valley into the mountains. I didn't make it all the way too the lake, the snow covering the trail was knee high in a few spots and I was uncertain on which way the path went. Had a great time!

My dog and I enjoyed the trail all to ourselves in the storm. Hiked to Churchs Pond and back.

hiking
1 month 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 is a nice hike. We had a few inches of snow on the ground and icy areas you should be careful with.
The Dry Pond is pretty dry. It's more of a puddle with the potential of holding some water.

Easy little hike you need a nature dose after work. Access from town is very convenient and the creek is nice in the spring.

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.

Beautiful close to town trail. Due to the length and elevation gain, I would put it in the easy category. Neat sounds from the wind through the pine needles and the leg that follows the stream. This will become a regular of mine for Sunday morning.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Icy in spots this time of year but very fun

Great physical climb in the forest and perfect for a quick tough workout getaway and peaceful rest at the top. It took about 4.5 hours pushing through without breaking all the way up, which was tough, and relaxing an hour at the lake. It’s just hard to stack up with Galena, Rose, and the TRT so close by. Limited scenic views and a small lake, although they were nice. There was still snow on the trail and the lake was frozen when I went in early February so I’ll have to do it again in summer to see if it would be better. Be prepared to walk through 20 yards of calf deep creek water or thick brush right before the lake; at least this time of year. All in all it was a really nice hike and good alternative day hike to mix things up if you are a regular local day hiker.

Good trail, took this to Ophir and up to VC. There is a couple deep washouts

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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!

2/3/18 - This was a great hike. All uphill to Church’s Pond, and for the most part pretty dry, but it did get muddy/icy at the crest en route to the pond, which is frozen over. Downhill the whole way back. Beautiful views. Highly recommended and I will be doing it again soon as long as it continues to stay warm/dry.

on Jumbo Grade Trail

off road driving
2 months ago

Drove January 27, 2018 with Tacoma 4x4, stock.

Quite wet and muddy with a few washed out sections, though there were some alternative sidings and paths available.

Really wet and mucky toward top near the jumbo/Ophir crossings.

I would say in its present state this is a moderate technical route for off-roading.

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Ok

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for getting back in to the swing of things. My dog enjoyed it. I imagine in the summer there isn’t enough shade to bring a dog though.

off road driving
3 months ago

It is a lot of FUN!! We have been on December 26th 2017. There was not snow so part of the trail was good. We had to stop at certain point because there was a big hole full of ice. I have a truck so i stopped. I saw Jeep and UTV going without any problem. Definitely during other seasons is perfect!
We had a lot of fun!!!

Not much snow on the trail until you get to the crest. From there to the pond there's a good bit of snow. The trail is pretty crusted, so no need for snow shoes.

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

hiking
4 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.

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