Six Hikes to Take in Reno This Season

The Washoe Valley is home to plenty of breathtakin views, hikes and alpine lakes. This summer, you don’t even have to leave Reno to find some of the best hikes in our area. Whether you are a beginner or an avid hiker, here are four of the best hikes in the Reno area to try this summer:


Tom Cooke Trail

With an elevation gain of only 469 feet, Tom Cooke Trail is a great trail for beginners or people looking for an easier hike. The trail is a four-mile loop that connects to a network of other trails, which gives the hiker flexibility with the distance of their hike. Tom Cooke Trail is great for families and children. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail as well.  Parking is available for the trail at Mayberry Park at the end of Woodland Drive.




Hunter Creek Trail

Hunter Creek Trail is one of the most popular hiking, mountain biking and horse riding trails in Reno. Hunter Creek is an out and back trail that is six miles long and has an elevation gain of 1,286 feet. Hunter Creek Falls, which sits at the end of the trail, is the main reason many hikers choose this trail. Hunter Creek is a great trail option for people who hit the trails occasionally and looking for a moderately difficult hike. Leashed dogs are welcome on the Hunter Creek Trail. The trailhead is located at the end of Woodchuck Drive in Reno.



Hidden Valley Country Park Trail

Hidden Valley Country Park Trail is just over six miles long loop train that increases 2,463 feet in elevation. The trail can get a little tricky halfway through, but the view of the city at the highest elevation makes the hike worth while! With wildflowers lining the trail, there is no better summer hike in the area! Leashed Dogs are welcome on this trail as well, but use caution since the hike can be rocky in some sections. This trail is great for hikers who want more of a challenge, but aren’t quite ready for the hardest trails in Reno. The trailhead can be found inside Hidden Valley Regional Park.



Peavine Peak Trail

Peavine Peak Trail is the most difficult trail on our list! With an elevation gain of nearly 3,000 feet, the trail offers great views of Reno throughout its entirety. Due to the trails steep sections and loose rock and dirt trail, hikers should ensure that their boots are properly fitting and offer good traction. Dogs can use this trail, but be sure to pack plenty of water for your pup, too! Peavine Peak Trail is a great choice for experienced hikers who are looking for a true challenge. Peavine Peak Trailhead is located at 6490 Peavine Hills Avenue.



Always remember to respect the land you are walking and to dress appropriately and bring food, water, and proper sun protection for you and your pets while hiking! Happy trails!

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