Trail Review by Briana Jaskot
6 miles. 1,300 ft. of elevation in the Loop. Located off of Veterans Parkway in Hidden Valley.
Steep climbs, colorful hills and snow free spring trails!
This loop is a great local option to get some early season climbing back in the legs! Most everyone is familiar with the 3ish mile lower loop at Hidden Valley park. But there is a great network of trails just up the hill that offer stunning views of Reno/Mt Rose and some fantastic desert single track! This loop is pretty exposed with very little tree cover, which is why it melt’s out & dry’s out so early in the season. No matter which way you decide to go (Clockwise or CCW) the climbing is steep and takes place in the first 3 miles. If you need to add on a few more miles, once at the top of the climb there are several different trail directions and options to choose from. A perfect 9 miler could be this loop, plus the lower Hidden Valley loop!
Exposed trails that melt out & dry out fast after a storm. Best time to run: fall, early spring when the higher up trails are still snowy/icy/muddy. Terrain is hard packed dirt with a couple of slick sections of loose dirt.