Little Washoe Lake

Washoe, Nevada 89701

Little Washoe Lake

Little Washoe Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Sprawling across the broad plain of Washoe Valley, Washoe Lake and Little Washoe Lake are the centerpieces of Washoe Lake State Park, designated in 1977 in part to preserve a piece of the picturesque valley from the rapid development that has overtaken Reno to the north and Carson City to the south. Most recreationists seem to spend the majority of their time in the park around the much larger Washoe Lake boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, or camping, leaving diminutive Little Washoe Lake to the relative few.

A 1-mile trail around the smaller lake’s southeast shore provides visitors with an easy stroll to wetlands of the Scripps Wildlife Management Area at the north end of Washoe Lake. The wetlands provide forage and nesting habitat for a wide range of migratory birds and waterfowl, including pelicans, herons, and ibis (a bird checklist is available at park headquarters). While pairs of bald eagles have been known to winter in the area, red-tailed hawks are frequently seen throughout the year patrolling the skies. Along the trail, hikers will be treated to fine views across Little Washoe Lake of the Carson Range to the west."

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Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"If you venture onto the Little Washoe Lake Trail in the morning or evening, the light is soft, the lake surface glitters, and the birds—ducks plying the quiet waters, herons stalking the margins, songbirds flitting from bush to bush, and maybe even a hawk cruising low over the scrubland—demonstrate their abundance in song and flight. Slide Mountain and Mount Rose form an impressive skyline above the lake’s western shoreline. The setting is postcard-perfect. The trail is short and easy, weaving through the scrub above the narrow rocky beach that forms when the lake’s water level is low. The beach lures sunbathers, kids, and swimming dogs; the birdlife and setting draw nature lovers to the neighboring Scripps Wildlife Management Area. The route proper sits on the high ground above the beach, linking lake to nature area and ringing with birdsong. When it’s wet, the croaking of frogs and toads joins the cacophony and helps drown out any noise that drifts off the neighboring highway. The trail ends in a small nature area, a pleasure for both bird-watchers and lake lovers." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Reno (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Washoe
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
Best March through November
Season
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at 775-823-6500, washoecounty.us/parks
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Washoe City
Local Maps

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Dec 2018