"Galena Creek begins, as most mountain streams do, as a trickle in the snow-packed heights. But by the time it reaches the lowland park that shares its name, it’s a rumbling, tumbling, defining watercourse. Kid-friendly and popular, the Galena Creek Nature Trail explores the ecotone that surrounds the creek.
The stream is particularly raucous in spring and early summer, when engorged with meltwater generated in the heights of the Mount Rose Wilderness. Later in the season it mellows, inviting foot-soaking or, if the flow is slow enough, water play. But regardless of the season and its vigor, Galena Creek supports a riparian strip lively with aspen and willow. On the slopes farther from the water, a lovely lower montane yellow pine forest, dominated by Jeffrey and ponderosa pines, thrives."