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If hiking is your thing, there are plenty of trails around Reno and Sparks, and lots more in the surrounding area. If you know of good hikes we haven't found, feel free to let us know with our contact us form.

Another good source for hiking information around Lake Tahoe and the nearby Sierra Nevada is AllTrails. AllTrails online guides come with maps, a GPS route, points of interest, photos, and trail descriptions and ratings. Guides can be downloaded and stored on your mobile phone (iPhone or Android) so you can access them on the trail without Internet access (must open a free account to get at this content).

Hikers can get additional information from Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and the City of Reno...

Close To Reno and Sparks...

Ambrose Park
River Lane at Rainshadow Lane, Reno. Easy hiking along the Truckee River. Great for fishing & wildlife viewing.
Information: 775-785-4512

Anderson Trail
At Anderson Park, south end of Kietzke Lane, Reno. Easy hike with scenic views.
Information: 775-828-6612

Brown's Creek Trail
South Reno in the Galena area. Moderate trail open to hiking, mountain biking, and equestrians.
Information: 775-828-6612

Hidden Valley Regional Park
4740 Parkway Drive, off of Pembroke Drive, east Reno. Both easy and challenging hikes, great views.
Information: 775-828-6612

Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, south Reno. Easy hiking, great views, museum and historic displays.
Information: 775-828-6612

Tom Cooke Trail
In far west Reno, trailhead behind Patagonia or at Mayberry Park.
Information: 775-334-2262

Ballardini Ranch Trailhead
Double loop trail system through the southwest Reno foothills. Great views across the Truckee Meadows, spring wildflowers, developed trailhead with parking and restrooms.
Information: 775-823-6500

Dorostkar River Park
Near Mayberry Drive, west Reno. Hiking and biking along the Truckee River. Nature trail and river access.
Information: 775-785-4512

Hunter Creek Trail
Takes you into the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Access is from the Steamboat Ditch Trail in west Reno.
Information: 775-882-2766

Virginia Lake Park
A flat, paved trail goes around the lake. A Reno city park.
Information: 775-334-2262

Huffaker Hills Trailhead
Easy to moderate hiking along a well-maintained gravel and dirt tread. The higher you go, the better the views. Access is from Alexander Lake Rd., off S. McCarran Blvd., next to Rattlesnake Mtn.
Information: 775-328-2000

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail
A nice suburban trail that loops around two hills and offers panoramic city views. A Reno city park.
Information: 775-334-2262

Mira Loma Park and Urban Trail
Mira Loma has a paved ADA accessible trail and lots of other amenities like playgrounds and a skatepark. A Reno city park.
Information: 775-334-2262

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
The north section of Rancho San Rafael Park has nature trails and hiking and biking trails in Evans Canyon and on the side of Peavine Mountain.
Information: 775-785-4512

Peavine Mountain
Probably the easiest access point (among many) is Hilltop Park just off Kings Row in northwest Reno. Most of the peak is US Forest Service land (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest).
Information: 775-331-6444

Caughlin Ranch
This west Reno subdivision has lots of trails, including access to Alum Creek, Hunter Lake Rd., and Steamboat Ditch. Access is Caughlin Ranch Parkway off McCarran Blvd.

Sparks Marina Park
A flat, paved trail goes around the lake. A Sparks city park.
Information: 775-334-2262

A Short Drive Away...

Crystal Peak Park
10 miles west of Reno in Verdi. Nature trails, picnic areas, fishing in the Verdi Ponds and Truckee River. This is a Washoe County Park.
Information: 775- 828-6612

Davis Creek Regional Park
25 Davis Creek Rd., Washoe Valley. Nature trails and a trailhead into the Toiyabe National Forest. The challenging Ophir Creek Trail climbs up past Slide Mountain, all the way to Lake Tahoe and a trailhead for the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Information: 775-849-0684

Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area Trails
18350 Mt. Rose Highway (NV 431), south of Reno. Hiking in the Sierra along Galena, Jones and White's Creeks, and more.
Information: 775-849-2511

Thomas-Whites Creek Dry Pond Loop Trail
A shaded hike for hot summer days. The trail follows the creek, then climbs to Dry Pond for good views of south Reno. Return via the Whites Creek Trail. Trailhead access is from Timberline Drive, off the Mt. Rose Highway in Galena, south of Reno.
Information: 775-882-2766

Deadman's Creek Trail
For hikers, Deadman's Creek Trail is a moderate climb to a fantastic viewpoint with gazebo, overlooking the lake and the Sierra of Lake Tahoe's Nevada side. There are several other easy hikes as well. Deadman's Creek is within Washoe Lake State Park.
Information: 775-687-4319

McCarran Ranch Preserve
The McCarran Ranch Preserve takes in a stretch of the Truckee River east of the Reno / Sparks area. It's easy walking with nice views of the Truckee River and surrounding area being restored to a natural condition by the Nature Conservancy in Nevada.

Sugarloaf Peak Trail
Sugarloaf Peak Trail is a moderate hiking path in the open desert north of Sparks and next to the Pyramid Highway. The trail is suitable for families and children.
Information: 775-823-6500

Jumbo Grade Trailhead
Jumbo Grade Rd., about half a mile east of East Lake Blvd., Washoe Valley. A steep hike, but your reward is fantastic views and a walk through the old Jumbo mining area. Just so you know, this area is subject to lots of ATV traffic.
Information: 775-849-1825

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
West of Carson City and near Lake Tahoe. Easy and moderate hikes, plus unsurpassed scenery. Take Hwy. 50 west from Carson City up to Lake Tahoe. The park is big and has trails in different sections.
Information: 775-831-0494 Dayton State Park
East of Carson City, along the Carson River. Not much hiking, but there is camping, bird watching, and mining history. Twelve miles east of Carson City on Hwy. 50
Information: 775-687-5678

Mt. Rose Summit Trail
The popular hike to the summit is strenuous. Your reward is a tremendous 360° view. Access is from the Mt. Rose Highway (NV 431) south of Reno.
Information: 775-882-2766

Tahoe Rim Trail
As the name implies, this route circles Lake Tahoe. Nearest trailhead from Reno is up the Mt. Rose Highway (NV 431) to Tahoe Meadows.
Information: 775-298-0012

Tahoe Meadows Trails
Same trailhead as the Tahoe Rim, the 1.3 mile Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail is an easy introduction to the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Information: 775-298-0012

Slide Mountain Trail
This short trail near the Mt. Rose ski area offers some of the best views you'll get for not much effort. It's close to several other top trails in this area.

Pacific Crest Trail - Castle Peak
Trailhead is west of Truckee at Donner Summit, near Boreal ski area, just off I80. Big sign marks the exit. Moderate hike is mostly shaded until you get to where you actually start up Castle Peak. Lots of other possibilities in this area. Tahoe National Forest.
Information: 530-587-3558

Carson Pass - Mokelumne Wilderness - Pacific Crest Trail
From Carson Pass on Hwy. 88, you can hike either south into the Mokelumne Wilderness, or north into the Lake Tahoe Basin. Either way, there are great views and large swaths of wildflowers (July - August). Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District
Information: 209-295-4251

Desolation Wilderness
This area, in the Sierra along the west side of Lake Tahoe, is rightfully a popular place. Short hikes take you to some magnificent views of the lake and surrounding mountains, or you can do multi-day backpacking trips. USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Information: 530-543-2600

Mt. Tallac Trailhead
The rewards of this hike are well worth the effort (strenuous, 5 miles one-way). Standing on top of Mt. Tallac is like being in an airplane over Lake Tahoe. Trailhead is 3 1/2 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89, across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach. USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Information: 530-543-2600

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