Explore These Favorite Local Hikes in Reno Tahoe

The days are getting longer and the snow is beginning to melt so it’s time to hit the trails around Reno Tahoe. Explore the great outdoors, soak in the sunshine and enjoy the beauty of the mountains with these hikes for all fitness levels. Whether you enjoy a casual, scenic and short hike, or breaking a sweat and finding vistas you can have all to yourself, here are some favorites to suit whatever you’re looking for.

“Conversational” Hikes

Want to catch up with friends while enjoying the fresh air, or get your outdoor fix even if you’re short on time? These trails are perfect if you are looking for a short hike that isn’t too strenuous. 

Huffaker Hills is a 1.7-mile hike located near suburban south Reno that rewards hikers with great views of the city from the top. There isn’t much shade on this hike so be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water, especially for your furry friend. Many have spotted wildlife in the area including eagles, lizards and falcons.

Good for all skill levels, the Tom Cooke Trail is a 3.9-mile trail located west of downtown, with lots of side trails and views of the city and surrounding desert. This loop trail is dog-friendly and perfect for hiking, walking and running.

Silver Willow Trail, Galena Creek Recreation Area and Dorostkar Park Nature Trail are all well-trafficked trails under 2 miles long. Leashed dogs are allowed on these trails, and their moderate terrain makes them perfect for group hikes or outings with little ones.

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“Heart-Pumping” Hikes

Pack some extra sunscreen and water, and check out one of these more challenging hikes near Reno. The tired legs will be worth it – you will be rewarded with panoramic views and other hidden gems!

The popular Hunter Creek Trail is an out-and-back hike, over varied terrain, that follows Hunter Creek and rewards explorers with a waterfall at the end. This 5.8-mile hike starts in a desert landscape and turns into a pine forest as the elevation increases. It is dog-friendly and the creek provides a place for your furry friend to get a drink and jump in for a quick swim. This trail is popular and well-traveled year-round.

Cross Peak Trail is easily accessible from northwest Reno and has expansive views of the city from the top – a perfect reward and photo opportunity. The last 1/4 mile is very steep, but it only takes about 20 minutes to reach the summit.

Two other moderately difficult trails are Keystone Canyon Trail and Poeville Trail, which are both out-and-back trails longer than four miles. Poeville trail is commonly used for hiking and Keystone Canyon Trail appeals to both hikers and mountain bikers. In the spring and early summer, both have budding wildflowers and it is a good idea to bring extra water due to lack of shade.

“Up For a Challenge” Hikes

If you’re feeling ready for a challenge and some 360 degree views, then these hikes to the top of two of the area’s peaks are worth the effort.

Peavine Peak Trail is an 8.5-mile, dog-friendly hike with an elevation gain of 2,834 feet. This hike is not easy so it is recommended that hikers have a strong endurance and be ready for a steady, constant climb. The effort pays off since the views of Reno, Sparks and the surrounding landscape are hard to beat from the top! Bring extra water and expect to be out for most the day.

Mt. Rose Trail is rated to be both moderate and challenging. The hike includes waterfalls, and abundant views of Reno, the Tahoe basin and Lake Tahoe. Expect to see wildflowers and wildlife, as you gain 2,444 feet in elevation from trail head to the summit. This in-and-back trail is 10.6 miles, with the end being a steep climb to the peak of Mt. Rose. Be prepared with extra water, proper footwear and sunscreen… and don’t forget your camera as the views from the top are unmatched!

For more information on other great hikes in the Reno Tahoe area, visit alltrails.com for reviews and facts.

 

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