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Dry Pond Trail | Toiyabe National Forest

Hike of the week: Dry Pond 

Length: 6.8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Reno, NV

I am always on the look out for great trails near my house. I use my All Trails app to find hikes with a great view and that are dog-friendly. Recently, I found Dry Pond Trail and immediately wanted to see the dry pond on top of the mountain. For the first 3 miles, we walked through thick forest right next to a gorgeous stream. Michael, Shadow, and I stopped more than once to take a gulp of the freshest water we could find.

Nothing beats spring water. Nothing.

We saw about 4 different groups while we were on the trail, but once you hit the steep mountainside there is maybe one or two who make it. Be prepared to wear a sweater through the forest until it opens up to the incline, then expect it to open and sunny. The incline lasted longer than I expected, but my gosh, the views were killer.

When you reach the top, you go through some tall pines trees and the trail suddenly opens up to this huge field– the dry pond. When you walk the center and look back you get a stunning view of Mt. Rose. Boy oh boy, the views continue to shine. There was snow caps right in front of us, but I was standing under the sun in a tank top. The dry pond is the main show of the whole hike. Afterwards, you hike another 3 miles down the opposite side of the mountain.

At the bottom we were greeted with aspen trees and more fresh streams. By this point a cold drink of water was much needed. I was surprised to see more and more people on this side of the mountain, also considering by this point it was 4 pm.

Overall, this hike was great for incline and length, but you do have the keep an eye out for bikers. Don’t expect a lot of company at the top, which gives you the stunning views all to yourself.

Final Rating: 7/10

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