Jones Creek/ Whites Creek Trail

Reno, Nevada 89513

Jones Creek/ Whites Creek Trail

Jones Creek/ Whites Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike in the Carson Range featuring outstanding views. The trail follows a jeep road for about 0.5 mile, then crosses Jones Creek. At the trail junction, turn right (east) to start the loop trail, which then heads in a northerly direction. Climbing gradually through stands of Jeffrey pine and mountain mahogany, the trail enters Whites Canyon and then turns sharply west.

Continue on the old road approximately 1.5 miles. After entering the Mount Rose Wilderness, the trail turns right (leaving the old road), crosses Whites Creek, and heads west. At about the halfway point, the trail leaves Whites Canyon to the southeast and climbs onto an 8,000-foot ridge with excellent views."

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"On this trip, a 9-mile loop and a 1.4-mile out-and-back journey lead from low elevation forest up to high, open terrain with grand views of the east flank of the Carson Range, particularly Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain. At various spots along the way, the trail offers good views to the east of Washoe Valley, the Virginia Range, and the south part of the Truckee Meadows as well. The loop visits two tumbling creeks, Jones and Whites, where prolific aspen groves douse the canyons with silvery green in summer and brilliant gold in autumn. A half-mile-plus lateral leads to Church’s Pond, a diminutive pool near the high point of the trip with a grand view of the volcanic gray slopes of Mt. Rose. Despite the proximity to Reno and a beginning in a popular county park, the Jones–Whites Loop is not as heavily used as you might expect."

Jones Creek/ Whites Creek Trail Trip Reports

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Popsicle loop starting in Galena Park. Come up the main road and park at the main trailhead (there is horse trailer parking and restrooms).
Great all around hike, in my opinion. Decent 2.6 mile uphill, followed by downhill, followed by traverse. All good trail hiking, no climbing or rocks. Snow on the Whites Creek side late into the season makes that not suggested. But you can always do the Jones Creek up and back (5.2 miles) in an hour for strong movers and more for those improving.
No bikes once in the wilderness, but you can cut across the traverse to Whites Creek drainage, then across to Thomas Creek drainage.
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This is a great 4 hours hiking with great views and challenge up hills. One think that hikers need to keep in mind is if they started at the Galena Creek Park in the park in lot when they cross the creek and get to a fork where they signs say White Creek, Jones Creek and Galena Creek Park the right trial to take for the loop is the Galena Creek Park, unless they want to do extra until the end of the Whites Creek.
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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Summer through Fall
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, 1536 South Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701; (775) 882-2766;
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Rose, Mount Rose NW, Mount Rose NE, Washoe City
Local Maps

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