For effort vs. reward, Deadman's Creek Trail is one of the best places to hike close to Reno.
Gazebo on Deadman's Creek Trail in Washoe County, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White
The trailhead for Deadman's Creek is at the southeast corner of Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake State Park. There is free parking for a few cars, so on busy days expect to leave your car at the day-use area next to the lake (there is a fee since it's inside the park) or in one of the wide spots along Eastlake Boulevard.
The initial section of the hike is moderately uphill. Even if you only go up to the gazebo, you'll get an amazing panorama across Washoe Valley with Slide Mountain looming in the background. If you hit it right during spring, there will be a terrific wildflower display along this portion of the trail. A return to the parking area from the gazebo makes for an approximately one mile out and back hike.
Numerous variations exist on other trails and dirt roads that branch out across the hills. With no trees to block the view, it's fairly easy to navigate no matter which route strikes your fancy. For a detailed discussion and more information about hiking in the Washoe Valley area, go to "Hiking Deadman's Creek Trail."
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