Whites Creek Park
About two miles west on the Mount Rose Highway from the intersection with U.S. 395, you will find White's Creek Park off the west end of Killington Drive. The 6-acre park offers a multi-purpose playing field (non-reservable), a children's playground area, individual picnic areas and benches for your enjoyment. There is one portable restroom available.
The Lower Whites Creek Trail begins here and is featured in the Truckee Meadows Trails Guide which can be downloaded here. Look on page 12. Please Note: The trail from Whites Creek Park to Thomas Creek Road has some washout damage. Travel at your own risk.
Whites Creek Park takes its name from Whites Creek which borders the park’s northwest side. The creek got its name from Whites Canyon where the source of the creek is located. During the late 19th and early 20th century, the area’s creeks and rivers were popular fishing sites.
Lumber companies created the first roads up the mountain via the canyons. After the timber industry declined due to over-harvesting the trees, the roads fell into disrepair. In the early 1900’s, there was talk of building a “highway” — which would have been a wagon road during that time period — over the summit to Lake Tahoe, but as cars became more prevalent, people wanted an easy way to get to Lake Tahoe rather than going via Truckee. Whites Canyon was suggested as the best route to build a 26-mile highway to Lake Tahoe from Reno. The Mount Rose Route was submitted to the county for approval and the road was completed in 1921. The highway lies just south of Whites Creek Park.