Getting Muddy on the Callahan Park Trails

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Today was the perfect afternoon for a relaxing hike; it was 52 degrees out and not a cloud in the sky. I had been at work since 5:30AM so I wasn’t ready to get out and get going until about 3:00 PM leaving me with not a lot of day light left. Since I was short on time I decided to take a 5 minute drive up Mount Rose Highway to Callahan Park with my dogs to do a little exploring.

To get to this park you take Mount Rose Highway, Turn left onto Callahan Road, drive down that road for about a mile and a half and you will see two different parking areas. There are two major trails at this park. One is mostly for mountain bikes, and it is the common, heavy foot traffic trail, which is the one on the right side of the creek. Or there is the one on the left side of the creek that is a small, not well established trail and most often times you will be the only one on the trail: this is the one I like to take.
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This park is great, not only for the “woodsy” trails but because there is a full park with swings and slides, a big grassy field, horseshoes and a BBQ pit; it really has it all. In the summer the creek that runs through the park usually has a decent amount of water in it, enough for the puppies to play in, however in the winter the water freezes and the creek turns into an icy trickle of water.
creek

If you walk through the park kind of steering to the left you will pass a grave yard (yes a grave yard… you will have to check it out for yourself) and see where the trailhead begins. Like I said it is not a well worn path and to get to the trail you have to crawl under the barbed wire fence. It is always fun to have a sense of adventure right?!
barbed wire

Although in the park area there are signs everywhere that say “Dogs must always be leased” blah blah blah rules. I have never had an issue and usually don’t even bring a leash, but I don’t want to encourage rule breaking. This trail goes on for hours, and honestly even though I have travelled it many times I still haven’t gone to the end. It is a great trail for mountain biking, however it was way to muddy to bring the bike out today, but it is somewhat rocky and pretty flat, making for an enjoyable but challenging bike ride.
trail

There is a lot of different wildlife here than what you would normally see down lower on the mountain. I have found deer tines, deer legs, in the winter evenings there are tons of owls, woodpeckers and I wouldn’t be suprised if bears roamed the area looking for food. Also there are HUGE pinecones. Now I know it is not wildlife but they are really awesome. Today on my hike my mom asked me to bring her home some…don’t ask me why!
pinecones

This is a beautiful trail that is not a far drive and it has many other activities you and your friends can do. So get out there and go roll in the snow and mud, explore this trail and share your thoughts and comments with me below! Follow me on Twitter! @RachelRoen
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3 Responses to “Getting Muddy on the Callahan Park Trails”


  1. 1 drew February 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    nice pine cones!

  2. 2 TravisChristiansen February 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I’ll have to take my bike up there this spring to check it out! Thanks for the heads up on the grave yard…I am going to go ahead and avoid that area.


  1. 1 The Truckee River at Idlewild Park | Rachel Roen: Golden Hiking Trackback on February 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

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