Hunter Lake Road

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

Elevation Gain3,885ft
Trailhead Elevation5,273ft
Elevation Min/Max5273/8567ft
Elevation Start/End5273/5273ft

Hunter Lake Road

Hunter Lake Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Reno, Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 8.5 miles long and begins at 5,273 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,885 feet. Along the trail there is a wood.

Hunter Lake Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"A cursory glance at maps of the Carson Range reveals a curious division of the Mt. Rose Wilderness into two unequal parcels of land separated by a thin, winding corridor of nonwilderness land corresponding to the route of the Hunter Lake Road. This strip of land is the result of a concession to off-roaders in order to secure passage of the 1989 Nevada Wilderness Bill that in part set aside the Mt. Rose Wilderness.

Many years later, the condition of the road has deteriorated so much that mountain bikes seem to be much more common than motorized vehicles. Today, human-powered recreationists can follow the rough, rocky, and steep road to Hunter Lake, a shallow pond nestled into a willow-fringed meadow below the crest of the Carson Range."

"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."

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
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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Oct 2018