Hunter Creek Trail

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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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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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 1,428 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,991 feet
Top Elevation: 6,151 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Mount Rose Wilderness Area
Elevation Min/Max: 4960/6151 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4991/4991 ft

Hunter Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"A once-undiscovered hike on the very edge of Reno leads to some surprises for first-time visitors, including a significant waterfall, lush meadows, and a forest grotto more reminiscent of a coastal hike than a foray into the eastern Sierra.

Although the first couple of miles are shadeless, the tread is rough in spots, and rumors of rattlesnakes persist, numerous treasures await those who persevere beyond the initial stretch of trail."

Hunter Creek Trail Reviews

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12/9/2017
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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6/19/2009
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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