Reno Hiking Trails

Even though Reno is less than an hour from hikers' paradise Lake Tahoe, the area does boast a few scenic (and challenging) trails of its own. There are also numerous paths and trails in the majority of Reno's public parks. Following is a list of different trails that are easily accessible from Reno, categorized by level of difficulty.

Mogul Lower Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail Along Truckee River Reno NevadaDistance of climb: 600 feet

Directions: I-80 West
Exit 7, Mogul (follow 4th Street)
Right on Lemming St.
Right on Cliff View Road
Right on Cliff View Court
Park just before small bridge
(Almost nine miles from I-80)

Terrain and vegetation: Hike through the valley along a stream. Eventually reach Northgate Golf Course.


Mustang Hiking Trail

Distance of climb: 1,200 feet

Directions: I-80 West to Exit 23, Mustang
Left under freeway
Left on the road
Park near weigh station at the end of the road
(About 10 miles from exit)

Terrain and vegetation: Desert trail, dirt road to mountain


Verdi East Hiking Trail

Distance of climb: 1,300 feet

Directions: I-80 West
Take Exit 5 to Verdi
Business Route I-80
Park, go through the gate to get to trail
(About 10 miles from I-80)

Terrain and vegetation: Desert shrubs, views of Truckee River

Truckee River

The Truckee River, which runs along First Street, has emerged as one of Reno's greatest resources. The Truckee River Whitewater Park (First Street and Arlington Avenue) features 2,600 feet of class 2 and 3 rapids suitable for kayaks, canoes, inner tubes and other small watercraft. Wingfield Park, which encompasses the whitewater park as well as four other sites along the river, offers picnic shelters, barbecues, basketball courts, an amphitheater, pathways and swimming access. Some nearby shops such as Sierra Adventures) (254 W. First St.) rent and sell water gear and other equipment. Many restaurants and shops also line the riverwalk.

King's Row Hiking Trail

Hunter Creek Canyon Hiking Trail Reno NevadaDistance of climb: 1,500 feet

Directions: West on I-80 from I-80/US 395 interchange
Exit 10 North on McCarran Blvd.
Left on Kings Row
Right on Regal St.
Park under power lines
(About seven miles from I-80/US 395 interchange)

Terrain: Desert; some steep trails; scenes of Reno


Hunter Creek Canyon Hiking Trail

Distance of climb: 1,200 feet

Directions: West on I-80
South on exit 10, McCarran Blvd
Right on Mayberry St.
Left on Plateau St
Right Woodchuck St.
Park where the pavement ends
(Almost eight miles from I-80)

Terrain and vegetation: Desert shrubs, pine trees, Hunter creek, waterfall and grove. Caution: water crossing.


Cauglin Ranch Hiking Trail

Distance of climb: 1,400 feet

Directions: West on I-80
Exit 10 South, McCarran Blvd.
Right on Caughlin Parkway
Left on Village Green
Right on Pine Bluff Road
(Almost eight miles from I-80)

Terrain and vegetation: Starts out on desert Jeep trails, ends in the pine forest in the mountains. Juniper, sage, pine.


Robb Peavine Hiking Trail

Distance of climb: 1,600 feet

Directions: West on I-80
Exit 9 at Robb Dr., head west
Park at end of street
Find the dirt road; this is where the hike begins
(About 10 miles from I-80)

Terrain and vegetation: Residential road to Mount Peavine; desert shrubs and pines. Views.


Raleigh Heights Hiking Trail

Golden Valley exit to Raleigh Heights Hiking Trail Reno NevadaDistance of climb: 1,200 feet

Directions: North on 395
Take the Golden Valley exit (73) and head west
Left on Yorkshire Dr.
Right Wellington Dr. (eventually turns into Gladstone Drive)
Left on Burgess Dr.
Trail head begins next to the tower

Terrain and vegetation: Desert shrubs


Hidden Valley Hiking Trail

Distance of climb: 1,400 feet

Directions: I-80 East
Take Exit 19 South, McCarran Blvd.
Left on Pembroke Road
Left on Man of War Dr.
Park at the end of the road
(About seven miles from I-80)

Terrain and vegetation: Easy desert trails and eventually steeper as the trail narrows. Scenic views of Reno.

The more challenging hikes are located in the Sierra Nevada, including the Tahoe Rim Trail. For example, the Galena Regional Park hiking trail. It's located north and south entrances 8 miles up Mt. Rose Highway. It's a 9.2 mile trail loop moderate to mostly steep.

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