This popular trailhead is the starting point for a hike out to Cascade Falls, or into Desolation Wilderness above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.
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Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno is home to a variety of recreation opportunities, both indoors and out. We’ll focus on the “out”…
Trail Running and Hiking near Reno
- Galena Creek Recreation Area: Nice network of trails for hiking, walking, trail running, and mountain biking. Toilets, picnic areas and parking available, as well as a visitor center and nature trail. Dogs on leash only.
- Bartley Ranch Regional Park: Great park with flat, wide trails and a nice hill to test your lungs. Popular with walkers and runners, there are public restrooms and ample parking. The amphitheater is available for special events. Dogs on leash only.
- Hunter Creek Trail: This trail climbs gently but steadily to a waterfall, and is about 5.7 miles out and back. Read more about the trail via AllTrails.com. Dogs on leash only.
- Tahoe Rim Trail: Endless opportunities for hiking and trail running can be found on the Tahoe Rim Trail, the 165-mile trail that circles Lake Tahoe. The closest access points to Reno are the Mount Rose Summit and the Tahoe Meadows trailheads. Both trailheads have toilets and parking, and have loop or out-and-back trails. Read more via the Tahoe Rim Trail website (they have great maps, too!). Dogs permitted off leash, but please keep under voice control, have a leash ready, and be sure your dog isn’t going to chase wildlife (squirrels included).
Mountain Biking near Reno
- The Reno/Sparks Bike Map details dedicated bike paths and lanes throughout the city and surrounding areas. It’s a great resource, and you can download it here, or pick one up at a local bike shop.
- Galena Creek Recreation Area: This series of connected, mostly shaded trails is just as nice for two wheels as for your two feet. Download a map before you go (or pick one up at the visitor center), but as some of the trails dip into the surrounding wilderness area, you will want to know when to turn around to avoid fines.
- Peavine Singletrack: With trail names like Bacon Strip, Over Easy, and Total Recall, the trails in and around the Keystone Canyon Recreation Area are sure to thrill and challenge all levels of mountain bike riders. The trails are planned, designed and built by the Biggest Little Trail Stewardship (formerly the Poedunks), an International Mountain Bike Association affiliated club, and if you like what you see here, consider supporting the club with a donation of your time or cash. Download the trail map here.
- Flume Trail Mountain Bike Ride: Probably the most iconic mountain bike ride in the Reno-Tahoe region, the Flume Trail Mountain Bike Ride climbs up from Spooner Lake State Park up to Marlette Lake, and has fantastic views of Lake Tahoe and Sand Harbor State Park below. And I do mean below – some sections are quite steep and narrow, and not for those afraid of heights. This is an intermediate to challenging ride, and you should be prepared for altitude. Read more about the trail, and book your shuttle and bike rental through Flume Trail Mountain Bikes.