Best Easy Day Hikes: Reno
Tucked in a ravine surrounded by subdivisions, the riparian habitat supported by the lower reaches of Whites Creek envelopes you in an unexpected, if narrowly defined, desert wilderness. The winding singletrack that follows Whites Creek through subdivisions at the foot of Mount Rose is the perfect quick escape. Whether you’ve got time before work, after work, or between soccer games on a Saturday afternoon, a hike on the creekside trail will soothe your senses and invigorate your body.
The route begins in a dense riparian strip. Of all the foliage springing up on either side of the stream, perhaps the most striking are the aspens, with electric green leaves in springtime changing to wedding-ring gold in autumn. Wildflowers (notably pretty pink wild rose), stately cottonwoods, and tangles of willow clutter the banks of the stream; the drier slopes of the gully walls are cloaked in desert scrub, and ringing the shallow canyon on either side are neighborhood homes, their backyards sloping steeply to meet the creek.