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.
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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides).
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