How long does it take you to adapt to a new area? Michael and I have been living in Washoe Valley now for just over 6 months now and we have found some unique trails all within 20 minutes or less from our house. I’ve got to say, I’m a little surprised at how vast the high desert is and how big the rolling hills can be. Hiking around Reno has turned out to be pretty incredible.
I’ve collected several hikes since I’ve been here and wanted to share some my favorites (so far) here. Oh, and of course all of them are dog-friendly 🙂
easy – quiet – city view
This is a hidden gem right in town! Located in South Reno, Rattlesnake Mountain is located in Huffaker Hills Park. It’s not a very long trail but it’s good for when you feel like hiking but don’t want to be gone too long. It seems to be a popular place to park for some people so don’t be surprised when there’s cars but no people around, even on the trails. The trail leads to a great overlook and you can see the Sierra Nevada mountainside so clearly. You also get a stunning view of downtown Reno; the best of both worlds 😀
Here’s a photo of Shadow enjoying her view on some rocks!
2. Hunter Creek
mild – popular – waterfall feature
This one is probably the most popular of all the trails on the list, but that’s because there’s a waterfall at the end (duh). We passed quite a few people on the way there but still had the majority of the trail to ourselves. When you go on this trail, you hike through a small valley between two giant hills. And did I mention, these hills are covered with rocks? (Photo below)
3. Dry Pond
incline – views – mountaintop
One of my favorite places in all of Washoe Valley! I wrote a whole post about this amazing place, check it out by clicking here.
4. Ophir-Davis Creek
mountainside – incline – trail options
This hike is one of my favorites! It’s the farthest from Reno but it’s worth it for the scenery you’ll get in return. There’s all different types of trails to choose from here, but watch out, it’s also very easy to get lost too. There’s high incline options on Discovery trail which would be the best choice if you get cold easily. The other trails ascend into the mountainside and it gets chilly pretty easy.
5. Hidden Valley Regional Park
residential – rolling hills – wild horses
This one is close to a residential neighborhood but after you hike for ten minutes or so you can’t hear anyone else. You can choose to go up the hillside or through the valley, but whichever way you go watch out for wild horses! Michael and I spotted four last time we were here, and might I add this was my first time seeing wild horses and it was awesome. Wild mustangs just roamin’ wild Nevada.
6. Galena Creek
green – not busy – long distance
This is definitely be second favorite on the list because it’s located right in Toiyabe National Forest. It’s a short 10 minute drive from the city, but when you’re there you feel like you’re in a dense lush forest. A little creek runs through many of the trails and coming straight from the mountain it’s safe to drink (BIG plus). Shadow loved this hike!
Let me know what your favorite hikes are down below, I would love to hear them.