Little Washoe Lake Trail

Washoe City, Nevada

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Skimming the east shore of Little Washoe Lake, beneath the domineering heights of Slide Mountain, this narrow footpath leading into a small nature area is a pleasure for bird-watchers and beach lovers alike. Venture onto the Little Washoe Lake Trail in the morning or the evening, when the light is soft and the lake surface glitters. Slide Mountain and Mount Rose form an impressive rampart above the lake’s far shore. The birds are active: songbirds flitting from bush to bush, water birds flying low over the lake, shorebirds wading in the shallows. The setting is picture-perfect.The trail weaves through the scrub above the lakeshore beach, a lure for sunbathers, kids, and swimming dogs, to the Scripps Wildlife Management Area. The route stays on the high ground, which rings with birdsong and, when it’s wet, the croaking of frogs and toads.

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"Skimming the east shore of Little Washoe Lake, beneath the domineering heights of Slide Mountain, this narrow footpath leading into a small nature area is a pleasure for bird-watchers and beach lovers alike.

Venture onto the Little Washoe Lake Trail in the morning or the evening, when the light is soft and the lake surface glitters. Slide Mountain and Mount Rose form an impressive rampart above the lake’s far shore. The birds are active: songbirds flitting from bush to bush, water birds flying low over the lake, shorebirds wading in the shallows. The setting is picture-perfect.The trail weaves through the scrub above the lakeshore beach, a lure for sunbathers, kids, and swimming dogs, to the Scripps Wildlife Management Area. The route stays on the high ground, which rings with birdsong and, when it’s wet, the croaking of frogs and toads."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Washoe City
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Washoe Lake State Park
Local Maps: USGS Washoe City
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Washoe Lake Trail

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May 2018