Lower Galena Creek Trail

Reno, Nevada 89521

Lower Galena Creek Trail

Lower Galena Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Those who subscribe to the theory that golf is a good walk spoiled might enjoy this hike along Galena Creek. The trail begins in a natural setting of sagebrush scrub and Jeffrey pine forest with thick riparian foliage lining the creek, but all too soon it passes through the manicured grounds and upscale homes of the Montreux Golf and Country Club. Beyond Montreux, the surroundings return to a more natural state before the path disappears in a tangle of thick brush that chokes the banks of the tumbling creek.

The trail will ultimately connect two county parks, Callahan and Galena Creek, but it currently dead-ends about a quarter mile below Galena Creek Park. The relatively low elevation makes the trip up Galena Creek a good choice for a spring or fall outing, but the mostly forested route provides enough shade that even a midsummer hike shouldn’t be oppressively hot. A picnic lunch at Callahan Park may provide a fine conclusion to the adventure."

Lower Galena Creek Trail Trip Reports

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This extremely manicured and heavily trafficked trail leads through forested areas, neighborhoods, a golf course, and ends at a highway (Mt Rose Highway). Although my dog and I absolutely enjoyed it, I wouldn't necessarily call it a hike -- it is more of a really nice suburban walk through the backyards of Alpine mansions with a seriously awesome view of the mountains. It is very serene and pretty along the creek, with lots of lovely cottonwoods, pines, willows, alders, and aspen trees. I bet it is quite beautiful in the autumn months. My dog really loved the trail and playing in the water. Most of it is very flat terrain and fairly shaded under tree canopies, which is nice if you happen to get a late start under the hot Nevada sun. There is so much housing around the trail, which is fine, but for me is kind of a downside because I enjoy nature so much over housing developments. I imagine it could be such a blast on a bike. The entire area is very well maintained and excellent for families, dogs, and anyone seeking a relaxing walk, a level trail run, a bike ride, or just moderate exercise.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Best April through October
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at 775-823-6500, washoecounty.us/parks; Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest at 775-828-6642, www.fs.usda.gov/htnf
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Washoe City (trail not shown)
Local Maps

Trail Log