Spring is just around the corner and that means hiking is back.
Reno-Tahoe is home to many different landscapes, from high desert flatland to alpine elevations. The warmer weather this spring season is a perfect time to explore the many hiking options that abound in the area.
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Hunter Creek Trail
Hunter Creek’s main trail is 5.2 miles long and has an elevation gain of 1,784 feet starting in the high desert just overlooking the heart of Reno and leading you high up into the trees. End this moderate hike at a pristine waterfall and let the icy droplets cool you down after the sunny trek. The trail does allow dogs and horses. If you don’t feel like following the main trail right up the mountain, cut off to the north and follow the Steamboat Ditch trail as it winds lazily along the foothills of Reno and offers a much shallower climb, not to mention the breathtaking views of the valley as you go.
Lower Galena Creek Trail
Travel along the Lower Galena Creek Trail for 4 miles and an elevation change of nearly 700 feet. Considered a moderate hike, this trail goes from Sagebrush into Jeffrey Pine forest as it winds through the beloved Montreux Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course community. Once outside, the trail becomes a bit more rugged as you find yourself under larger pines and brush along the banks of Galena Creek. There is lots of shade on this trail, so it is a perfect hike for one of our infamous sunny Nevada days. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy at the end in Callahan Park.
Hidden Valley County Park Trail
While this trail may be only 2 miles long, it does climb 1,000 feet and is sure to get your blood flowing. The trail is not very developed, which offers an additional challenge for those looking to work up a sweat. There are many other trails that branch off of the main trail, so the possibilities for exploration are endless. However, stick to the main line and the views across the Truckee Meadows to the Carson Range at the top of the trail are beyond worth it. Occasionally, you can observe some of the wild horses that call the area home.
Huffaker Park Lookout Trail
This is a very easy hike that offers sweeping views of the Truckee Meadows into downtown Reno. Nestled in south Reno, Huffaker Park Lookout Trail wraps around a pair of hills that are just high enough to breathe the fresh Sierra air. The trail climbs about 200 feet and has a couple of options for the route. A ¾ mile or a 1.6-mile loop, both give you peeks into the history of the area with posted signs. You’ll also find picnic tables and benches placed strategically along the way to take a breather or to enjoy the view below. Joggers and dog walkers can frequently be found on this trail as well.
Tahoe Meadows (Mount Rose)
Found at a higher elevation, the Tahoe Meadows’ temperatures and wind conditions can vary rapidly compared to the valley floor of Reno at 4,505 feet. At an elevation of 8,870 feet, the trail is fairly moderate and snowshoes are almost always a must during the winter months. Cross-country skis also work, but offer more of a challenge. Meander through the Tahoe Meadows in a pristine valley above Lake Tahoe and Mount Rose will serve as a nearby and stunning backdrop. The trail is just 1.3 miles long and forms a loop with hardly any elevation gain.
Don’t miss out on any of these beautiful trails this spring and summer. With over 300 days of sunshine per year, Northern Nevada is a beautiful place to call home.
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