South Reno Hike: Backdoor into the Outdoors

Saturday was perfect. It was the first real nice warm day of spring; 75 and sunny and not a cloud in the sky. I have been waiting for a day like this to share with you all one of my favorite hikes. I have been waiting because this hike takes a couple of hours to complete, and I wanted you to get to know me through some of my other posts before sharing this very special spot.

Let’s start with how I discovered this place. My backyard borders the rolling hills in south Reno. All I have to do is walk out my back gate and I have miles to explore. I am truly blessed with this because many people have to drive to go for a hike, but I have immediate access to God’s wilderness. I started exploring these hills when I was about 9 and have gone up and down them countless number of times with the various dogs I had growing up.
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During my angsty teenage years I needed a place I could escape to, somewhere to go where the noise of life wasn’t quiet so loud. I started venturing further and further up into the mountains. After months of exploring I found my ‘Heaven’. And it’s not like this trail is even so desolate and secluded. It is just so high up and no one ever comes up here, you always have the mountain to yourself so it feels like you are really escaping the city. Since I then, I always come up here to relax and get a little closer to God.

To access this trail refer to my directions in my G Hike post. Once you see the G you will follow the paved road up to the right and continue up the side of the mountain. Half of this hike is paved. Once at the top of the mountain there is a huge gravel pit, full of giant old tires, that was created I am guessing from mining way back in the day, and from here the trail is dirt. From here directions are vague… but what I do is look for the highest rock on the mountain and head towards it.
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Up here, miles from anyone, you can clear your head, there are huge rocks to layout on and soak up the sun. You have an immaculate view of Reno to your North, and you can see the entire Washoe Valley to the south. There is usually a herd of Mule Deer that roam this area and you will see their tracks scattered around the land. Just a few tips if you plan to explore here: in the summer it is a long trail and it is way to hot, there is no shade, and you have to bring so much water for yourself and your dogs. Also the paved road that you take is like a minefield with rattlesnakes on summer evenings..so be careful.
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I all I can say about this spot is that it has provided me great relief mentally and helped clear my head and prepared me for life’s troubles countless number of times. And I strongly recommend you venture up here.
“There’s a place that they call Heaven, south of town way up on a hill. They say you can see for miles and when they sun goes down time stands still.”Jake Owen
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Happy Trails!

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3 Responses to “South Reno Hike: Backdoor into the Outdoors”


  1. 1 drew April 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Again, awesome pics overlooking washoe valley, what do you recommend for rattlesnake protection?

  2. 2 quietsolopursuits April 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Every one needs a place like that to get away to!

  3. 3 keithmwatson April 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Nice story, Mental Health Breaks are so important but few make time. Nice photos. My best friend is getting long in the tooth so our hikes are a little shorter.


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