Huffaker Park Lookout Trail

Reno, Nevada 89502

Elevation Gain422ft
Trailhead Elevation4,578ft
Elevation Min/Max4515/4625ft
Elevation Start/End4578/4578ft

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail is a hiking trail in Reno, Nevada. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 4,578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 422 feet. The Gazebo shelter can be seen along the trail.

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Huffaker Park Lookout Trail wraps around a pair of hills that jut out of the valley high enough to provide sweeping vistas of the Truckee Meadows. Visitors have the option of hiking a three-quarter-mile or 1.6-mile loop, as well as short laterals to high points atop the north and south hills for even better views.

Interpretive signs along the way provide interesting information about the ecology of the area and well-placed park benches and picnic tables offer inviting opportunities for rest stops. Nestled in the middle of suburbia, the area is a favorite not only of hikers, but of joggers and dog walkers as well."

"The Huffaker Hills, a group of volcanic buttes sprinkled along the east side of the Truckee Meadows, provide prominent landmarks for local residents, especially the highest of the group, 6,011-foot Rattlesnake Mountain.

Although beacon-topped Rattlesnake Mountain is currently private property, the lower hills to the south are open to public use, which has become much more desirable with the recent construction of a new trailhead and accompanying trails."

"High and dry, the Huffaker Hills open on expansive views across the Truckee Meadows to the summits of Mount Rose and Slide Mountain. An easy trail rambles through these distinctive formations in the foothills of the Virginia Range. Views from this rocky desert trail spread past the soft browns of the Twin Peaks onto the stony heights of Slide Mountain and Mount Rose, and across the Truckee Meadows, silver and green with development and pockets of
open space.

The towers of Reno’s casino district rise to the northwest, with the rounded mass of Peavine Peak behind. Huffaker Hills are part of a ranch established by Granville Huffaker in the
nineteenth century. Huffaker homesteaded here in 1859 with 500 head of cattle, which he intended to sell to the men burning massive amounts of calories in the mines of the Comstock in nearby Virginia City."

"Expansive views open across the Truckee Meadows to the summits of Mount Rose and Slide Mountain from an easy trail that loops through former ranchland in the distinctive Huffaker Hills.

Slide Mountain and Mount Rose form a stony backdrop to the softer browns of the Twin Peaks as you set off on this rocky desert trail. The Truckee Meadows, silver and green with development and greenbelts, fill the gap between the two sets of summits, and to the northwest the towers of Reno’s casino district rise up before the base of massive Peavine Peak. The trails of Huffaker Hills lie on the former ranch of Granville Huffaker, according to park literature."

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail Reviews

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This trail can get pretty busy, especially on the weekends. It's got some nice wildflowers in spring and summer. It's an easy trail to hike up and there are some nice views of the Reno. It's cool to that this is accessible right from the city.
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Fun and easy trail, great views of Reno and the mountains
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Good trail for a quick afternoon hike with nothing but a bottle of water and a good pair of shoes. Wide gravel trails easy to follow, and a very rewarding view from the short but strenuous walk to the top of the first hill. Great fall colors too. Watch out for dog poo, even though the park provides doggie bags at least 4 places on the 2mile loop.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at 775-823-6500,
Local Contacts
USGS Steamboat
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018