Hunter Creek Trail

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

Elevation Gain1,428ft
Trailhead Elevation4,991ft
Elevation Min/Max4960/6151ft
Elevation Start/End4991/4991ft

Hunter Creek Trail

Hunter Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Washoe County, Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Mount Rose Wilderness Area. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 4,991 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,428 feet. The Michael D. Thompson Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and drinking water.

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"A narrow, deceptively strenuous trail ascends from dry desert to a waterfall on Hunter Creek that remains vigorous into the dry months of late summer and fall. To begin, the route climbs with deceptive steepness for more than 2 miles through Eshadeless desert scrub, with rock outcrops jutting from steep parched hillsides. You can count the shade trees on one hand. But by trail’s end you are immersed in a montane yellow pine forest, shady and cooling. The route follows ridgebacks between creek drainages, with the water sometimes obvious and sometimes hidden below and shielded by trees. Hunter Creek Falls are a striking destination, rumbling down a steep face at a flat spot in the woods, with fallen logs offering perfect benches for resting and regrouping before the return leg or continuing into the high country." Read more

Hunter Creek Trail Reviews

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I’m a beginner hiker I feel like it’s totally worth it if you take it slow. The only downside is in beginning you do get wet crossing the river, it would be nice if they would’ve put a path of rocks that could help people across. Also wear at lot of sunblock and a hat. I would recommend an early trip because there is no shade until you reach the waterfall.
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I've done this hike several times and never get bored with it as its close to home. Never do this hike just after a rain or snow as it can be very muddy and or slippery. I usually wait four or five days of dry weather before hiking it. At the start there are a couple ways to get started from the trail head. Either find the new bridge at the diversion dam upstream about a hundred yards or go down stream to the diversion dam about a hundred yards round trip. The mud can be up to your heels or deeper on the trail after a rain. There can be ice close tot eh falls that hasn't melted yet in the spring. Crampons help. Just before getting to the falls you need to pass over hunter creek to the observation area. There has been a couple ways to do this with a bunch of small logs to cross on and currently there is a huge log to walk over. I've fallen off of both and got wet. One time in January. I'm 71 and don't consider this a hard trail to do. It gradually climbs the whole way. Its a great trail to do early in the morning during the summer before the heat.
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Beautiful trail, it runs the gamut from a high plains desert hike to an alpine like forest, grassy meadows, conifers, it hits it all. The water fall at the end is worth hike. There is water along most of the trail but the middle 2 miles move up the hillside away from the creek. Trail is well marked, BUT there are options that can lead you over some rock slides. My group didn't figure that out until we had billy-goated our way up the trail. Fortunately we did ifgure it out on the way back. If in doubt always take the high trail. We saw a bear sow and cub, a rattlesnake and lots of butterflies! Great day, great hike, can't waith to do it again!

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Rose Wilderness Area
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 775-882-2766,
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Mount Rose (trail not shown), HTNF Mount Rose Wilderness
Local Maps

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Dec 2018