Huffaker Trails on Rattlesnake Mountain


Rattlesnake Mountain is really the only mountain that is actually INSIDE Reno, and although it looks just like a hill with an airplane guiding light at the top of it; it is full of amazing winding trails that could take hours to explore.

When I was young our house was at the base of this mountain, and although I was too young to explore it, the only other memories I have of it are that we buried my childhood dog, Clark, on this mountain. It wasn’t until a year ago or so, when I was looking for a new adventure one day and decided to drive up the road on the mountain and see what has become of it…and needless to say it is beautiful.

To get to this trail your going to get to the intersection of Longley Lane And McCarran, there will be a single road that turns onto the mountain, and about a mile up there is the trailhead and parking.

There are miles and miles of trailhead, and if you go to the left on the trail it will lead you to the resevoir lookout bench. The water really is beautiful even though it is green from so much algae growth. Unfortunately there is no easy way to get to the water to play… trust me I tried.

From here the trail wraps around and will lead you to the highest point where there is another bench that gives you an amazing view of Reno and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The trail up here is very thin, steep and rocky. Once at the top there is also a very interesting rock “fort” type thing that appears to exteremely used, perhaps by a sheep hearder to get protection from harsh winds. (Just my theory)
the toprocks

The terrain is all sage brush, a lot of which has been cleared out by a wildfire a few years back, and there are tons of beautiful metamorphically altered granite rocks that scatter the area. Although a lot of the wildlife has vanished from here, you will be lucky to see the wild mustangs on the lower, flatter parts of the mountain. Although it is illegal to harass and feed the wild horses they are a rare and beautiful sight.

This is just one of the many trails on this mountain that you could take. Whether you have been on this mountain many times every path will show you a new side of Reno and always leave you amazed with how beautiful nature is.

So get out an go try this trail this weekend and share your thoughts, pictures and comments with me below! Also follow me on Twitter @RachelRoen!

Happy Trails!


1 Response to “Huffaker Trails on Rattlesnake Mountain”

  1. 1 drew February 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    my theory on the rock fort is that it is an ancient indian burial ground

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