Top 5 Walking and Hiking Trails around Reno




Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor, photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

The experienced real estate team at YaYa Group shares their top 5 walking and hiking trails around Reno.

November is the perfect time of the year for a crisp, cool hike! Soak up a little sunshine and fresh air at any of these great spots around Reno. Whether you’re looking for a mellow stroll or a way to earn your dessert, the mountains around Northern Nevada have something for everyone. Check out the list below for our top 5 walking and hiking trails around Reno, the town we call our home.

1. Sand Harbor Nature Trail

Soak up the Tahoe views on the Sand Harbor Nature Trail in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. This half-mile trail loops around a small inlet with several secluded beaches. The trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly, making it accessible for all abilities and skill levels. Since it is a part of a state park, there is a small parking fee, but it’s well worth it for the stunning lake views!

2. Jones and Whites Creek Trail

Earn your happy hour on the Jones and Whites Creek Trail, a 10-mile loop with nearly 2,500 feet of elevation gain through Galena Creek Regional Park. The challenging terrain rewards hikers with incredible views of the Carson Range, as well as the wildlife and foliage that are celebrated throughout the region.

3. Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail

Another low-key, family-friendly option is the Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail, just outside downtown Reno. Follow the trail along the Truckee River for scenic views, fishing, and bird watching on this favorite local spot that is accessible year-round.

4. Hunter Creek Trail

Moderately strenuous at 1,240 feet of elevation gain over 6.4 miles, the Hunter Creek Trail is just outside Reno. The out-and-back trail features views of the surrounding mountains and desert scape, and rewards hikers with a 30-foot waterfall at the end. This trail is understandably popular, so be sure to arrive early (or late) to make sure you get a parking spot!

5. Virginia Lake Park

Right in downtown Reno, Virginia Lake Park features a multi-use paved trail around a lake with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. The park also houses a dog park, and playground facilities making it friendly for the whole family!

There’s no better way to explore Northern Nevada than settling down in the area! To buy or sell in Reno, connect with our experienced real estate agents today. Visit to get started.

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