Little Washoe Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"If you venture onto the Little Washoe Lake Trail in the morning or evening, the light is soft, the lake surface glitters, and the birds—ducks plying the quiet waters, herons stalking the margins, songbirds flitting from bush to bush, and maybe even a hawk cruising low over the scrubland—demonstrate their abundance in song and flight. Slide Mountain and Mount Rose form an impressive skyline above the lake’s western shoreline. The setting is postcard-perfect.
The trail is short and easy, weaving through the scrub above the narrow rocky beach that forms when the lake’s water level is low. The beach lures sunbathers, kids, and swimming dogs; the birdlife and setting draw nature lovers to the neighboring Scripps Wildlife Management Area. The route proper sits on the high ground above the beach, linking lake to nature area and ringing with birdsong. When it’s wet, the croaking of frogs and toads joins the cacophony and helps drown out any noise that drifts off the neighboring highway. The trail ends in a small nature area, a pleasure for both bird-watchers and lake lovers."