Galena Creek Regional Park Nature Trail

Reno, Nevada 89513

Galena Creek Regional Park Nature Trail

Galena Creek Regional Park Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This forested loop journey with 18 stops is keyed to a free brochure about eastern Sierra ecology. The short walk is a fine complement to a picnic in the park.

Walk across the bridge over Galena Creek and soon reach the signed junction between the Nature and Bitterbrush trails. Turn left onto the Galena Creek Nature Trail and proceed a short distance to the start of the loop. Veer left to begin a clockwise loop that initially follows alongside tumbling Galena Creek for about 0.2 mile and then bends north toward the top of a low hill. From the hill, make a short descent to an unmarked junction with the unmaintained path up Black’s Canyon."

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"Galena Creek begins, as most mountain streams do, as a trickle in the snow-soaked heights of the Mount Rose Wilderness. But by the time it reaches the lowland park bearing its name, it’s become the rumbling, tumbling heart of this extremely kid-friendly (and popular) nature trail.

The creek is particularly raucous in spring and early summer, when gorged with meltwater. But regardless the season and the vigor of the flow, Galena Creek supports a riparian strip lively with aspen and willow surrounded by a lovely lower montane forest dominated by Jeffrey and ponderosa pines. Check the cones to identify which tree is which: ponderosa pine cones have sharp points (prickly ponderosas), the Jeffrey cones don’t (gentle Jeffreys)."

"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."

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Trail Information

Reno
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
0.75
Distance
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
Best May through October
Season
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at 775-328-3600, washoecounty.us/parks
Local Contacts
CVTA Rim to Reno Regional Trail System
Local Maps