Ballardini Ranch Loop

Reno, Nevada

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After years of sometimes-bitter controversy and eventual compromise, the completion of the long (2-mile) and short (0.5-mile) loops comprising the Ballardini Ranch Trail, along with corresponding trailhead improvements, was completed in 2014. The full 2.5-mile route travels across sagebrush scrub typical of the Carson Range foothills, with brief forays to riparian areas along tributaries of Dry Creek. Fine views of the surrounding countryside, including the Carson and Virginia Ranges, and a good portion of the Truckee Meadows, are available along the way. Without any shade, hikers will find the best conditions in the cooler seasons of spring and fall. Summer visitors should plan on hiking very early in the day. Proposed plans are to one day have a connection from the Ballardini Loop to the Thomas Creek Trail.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

After years of sometimes-bitter controversy and eventual compromise, the completion of the long (2-mile) and short (0.5-mile) loops comprising the Ballardini Ranch Trail, along with corresponding trailhead improvements, was completed in 2014. The full 2.5-mile route travels across sagebrush scrub typical of the Carson Range foothills, with brief forays to riparian areas along tributaries of Dry Creek.

Fine views of the surrounding countryside, including the Carson and Virginia Ranges, and a good portion of the Truckee Meadows, are available along the way. Without any shade, hikers will find the best conditions in the cooler seasons of spring and fall. Summer visitors should plan on hiking very early in the day. Proposed plans are to one day have a connection from the Ballardini Loop to the Thomas Creek Trail.

© 2016 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Reno
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best March through November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at 775-823-6500, washoecounty.us/parks
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Mount Rose NE (trail not shown); Washoe County was in the process of creating a map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Ballardini Ranch Loop

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