Lower Whites Creek Trail

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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Lower Whites Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washoe County, Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 5,965 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,305 feet.
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Lower Whites Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washoe County, Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 5,965 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,305 feet.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,305 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,965 feet
Top Elevation: 5,965 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Whites Creek Trail
Parks: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 5036/5965 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5965/5965 ft
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Another successful project of the Truckee Meadows Trail Association, the Lower Whites Creek Trail offers suburbanites the opportunity to enjoy a streamside stroll during months when the nearby Sierra is cloaked with snow. (Summertime hikers should plan on either an early-morning or early-evening hike to avoid the heat of the day.) Beginning in a neighborhood park, the path follows the course of the creek, lined with aspens, alders, and willows, across sagebrush-covered slopes to the forested eastern base of the Sierra.

Although the ongoing housing boom in the area will eventually see structures lining the entire length of the canyon, for now the upper half of the route is mostly devoid of homes, leaving the trail in a more natural setting. Although this description is written as a shuttle trip, hikers with only one car could easily retrace their steps 3.5 miles to the lower trailhead.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Reno

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.

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Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe

Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe

This neighborhood treasure is tucked in a ravine surrounded by quiet residential subdivisions. Whites Creek supports a riparian habitat that envelops hikers in an unexpected, if narrowly defined, strip of desert wildland. The trail that follows Whites Creek is the perfect quick escape. Whether you’ve got an hour before work for a brisk workout, time after dinner for a leisurely wander, or want to spend a Saturday afternoon on the trail, a hike on the creekside trail, which winds through subdivisions at the base of Mount Rose, is both soothing and invigorating.

The trail begins in the dense riparian zone that thrives on the margins of the creek. Of all the foliage clogging the streamsides, perhaps most striking are the aspens, with leaves that are electric green in springtime and wedding-ring gold in autumn. Wildflowers (notably wild rose), stately cottonwoods, and tangles of willow clutter the banks as well, while the drier slopes of the gully walls are cloaked in desert scrub.

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