For my second trail this summer I decided to drive a short 20 minutes to Hunter Creek Trail. As I drove to the Michael D. Thompson trailhead located on the edge of Reno it was hard to believe that there was a trail so close to the city. According to “Afoot & Afield Reno-Tahoe” the trail is seven miles.
The trail begins as you make your way through a canyon into the Mt. Rose Wilderness.
You follow a fairly wide road until you get into the wilderness area and the trail gets narrower.
I luckily picked an overcast day to do this trail because the majority of the hike doesn’t provide any shade until you get into the forested area. It even started to snow a little while I was out there.
The final destination of the hike is a small waterfall, and it is pretty much up hill the majority of the way there. The trail itself shifts from straight up dirt to completely rocky and back again heading all the way into the forested area. I only had an issue finding the trail at one point about 10 minutes from the waterfall. The trail broke off into about three different paths and it was only a matter of looking for the one with the most human footprints.
I’m starting to like having Mondays and Tuesdays off because it pretty much takes away the majority of people hiking on the trails.
It was nice to see a variety of different variety of scenery because so far I haven’t hiked in any dense forest like I’m used to in Southern Illinois and Indiana. Having a cool breeze and open skies isn’t really what I’m used to when someone mentions hiking. I think more along the lines of mosquitoes, humidity, and forests so thick you can’t see the sun until you get out of them.
Once you enter the tree line it’s a pretty short hike to the waterfall, but you have to cross about three small streams to get there. Each one had a board or log set across it so you could walk over easily.
I’m not sure where I’m going to head next week, but I might go farther south around Lake Tahoe or Carson City.