Upper Thomas Creek Trail

Thomas Creek trail is a outdoor hotspot location off Mt. Rose highway. This trail connects to my other blog post, but they seem like two totally different trails. They covered opposite terrain and give you totally different views and expierences of Nevada outdoors.

I have lived in south Reno for about 14 years and have been exploring the area for about 6 years and each time I come up to this area I find something new to explore. There are about 3 main trails that I will cover in my upcoming blogs  in this general area; but I will start with the trail that stems to the left of the parking lot.


Normally up here I just go hiking with Mason, but it is great for a challenging mountain bike ride, horseback riding, and trail running. During the summer this trail is perfect because the pine trees make the air about 20 degrees cooler than the unforgiving desert terrain a few miles down the road. The little creek, Whites Creek, runs along the majority of this trail, making it great for your dogs to cool down in during the long hike.


If you plan to do the hike to the top of the mountain it is about a 2 hour hike and it will bring you to dry creek pond, which is exactly what is it….a huge dry pond. This spot will then connect to another trail and bring you down the other side of the mountain; but I will save that hike for another day.

Unfortunately I was not able to hike this trail in current time for this blog but I did make the whole  trail during the summer and have those pictures to share with you.

There is so much fun stuff to explore on this trail, there are little forts I like to think are home to the mule deer that roam the area, there are fallen trees that you can climb on that act as bridges over the water… the adventures are endless.

Share your pictures and comments with me below and get out and explore this trail this weekend!

Happy Trails!


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