If you happen to find yourself visiting or even better living in Reno and you are looking for a place to get out and venture you will be a happy runner. Reno is a superb location for trail running with trails for all types and for all season. The options and variety are endless. Despite the fact that Reno is located right next to Lake Tahoe and it’s wonderful wilderness many locals are perfectly happy with Reno’s trails choices.
So if you are looking for a flat long trail look no further than our only flat trail the “Ditch Trail”. The Ditch Trail winds through the upper parts of Reno before running alongside the hill west of Reno next to the Truckee River. The Ditch trail is a favorite amongst runners seeking flat terrain, running a tempo where they want to focus on their pace or simply recover on a non-pavement surface. It is also great for running intervals or fartleks if that is your thing. The western portion of this trail can be pretty exposed and windy while the the eastern section located in neighborhoods is often sheltered more. If you hit this trail at the end of summer you may also be able to snag some blackberries that grow wild along the trail for a mid run snack. The best place to park and begin your run is probably HERE.
If you are looking for a little more variation and maybe are close to downtown than you will want to go to Rancho San Rafael Park. This park blows my mind because it is right next to the University of Nevada, Reno yet also right next to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest land. From this park is a vast network of 50 miles of trails that extends all the way to the summit of Peavine Mountain and beyond. So from Downtown Reno you can travel one mile and be on endless trails that make it feel like you are instantly in the wild. And that is because you are! To visit the park and start your run go HERE.
Lets say it is summer and you only are able to get a run in during the middle of the day. A lot of trails in Reno expose you to our wonderful sunshiny days that we have but it can be a bit warm in the summer sun. You may want to head a little further south and just to the west of the Reno Running Company store that I’m sure you will visit anyways and run the Dry Pond Loop. This area is very popular because it really feels like you are up in the mountains and in the forest, yet very close to Reno still. The trail is well maintained and the views are breathtaking. There is a bit of climbing, but nothing too bad. Start your Run HERE.
If you are looking for something a little steeper and more challenging the Hunter Creek Trail is also very popular. This trail can become more heavily trafficked on the weekends but for a good reason. The prize at the end of this trail is a beautiful waterfall. If you are looking for something challenging, scenic and Instagram worthy run this trail. This is also a great trail to simply hike. Be careful crossing the creek which requires some fancy foot work from rock to rock and once at the top you will need to cross a log which is about 10ft above the creek. The trailhead starts HERE.
If you are looking for something even steeper and longer some of the more serious local mountain runners often visit Chalk Canyon. This trail is relentless and climbs about 2.5k feet to the summit of Peavine. Don’t be afraid to give it a shot because the views of Truckee Meadows and Reno are amazing. You will most likely see deer that live in the higher desert environment. You may want to carry a windbreaker or something warmer because it is often 10-20 degrees cooler at the summit and is always windy. This trail runs up Chalk Canyon for the first 2/3 then up a ridge line to the summit. To start this run go HERE.
I hope this gets you out enjoying our backyard! And if you have any questions many of the staff at Reno Running Company could certainly help with trail recommendations and if you are looking for someone to run with they may be able to find someone to get out there with you.
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6 thoughts on “The Best Trails in Reno”
Any old farts in this group? I’m a CA transplant, living in Northwest Reno since 2013, looking for people to trailrun with that aren’t going to run me over! Been running for many years, both, road and trail, and although I’ve done ultras – up to 50K and 50 miles – no longer my forte. Looking for people to run Reno area trails with – weekdays and/or weekends (hey, I’m retired…). Otherwise, I’m happy to run solo, but would like to explore some more great trails!
We just noticed this comment. Sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner. There are several groups in town who run on a regular basis. I would recommend looking up the Silver State Striders or the Magnum Project. Both are great groups. Also, we have store runs. Here is a list of locations and times CLICK HERE
This is a good list for people unfamiliar with the trails Reno has to offer. I’d like to add one more myself. Galena Creek Regional Park has some great trails. There are many trees in Galena Creek and after a big winter, it’s great to head out to Church’s pond and see some of the water in it.
Thanks Ken! We love the Galena trails as well and will try to get that route up on our site. Thanks for the tip.
Thanks for the list! Another great trail is the Jones and Whites Creek trail which is on the longer side so it’s best to make it a day trip. It’s a big tricky and only recommended for season hikers. Another great trail for a long hike is the Upper Thomas Creek Trail. If you want something for a less experienced hiker I recommend Tom Cooke Trail it’s less exciting though it’s great for walking a dog.
Thank you Valerie. Those are all great options. We are lucky to have so much to explore so close to where we live.