Walk with Washoe Hike Schedule

Walk with Washoe is a park ranger guided series of walking hikes through Washoe County's parks and trails. Register for any of the walks by clicking here.

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May 21, 2019 @7pm – Mayberry Park

Join Rangers Bret and John for an easy 1.5 mile interpretive hike along the Truckee River.  We will talk about the wildlife of the park and visit one of the earliest existing barns remaining in the Truckee Meadows. We will discuss the challenges of maintaining an urban park in a natural setting while facing the issues of encroaching growth and population.  

We’ll meet in the parking lot at the end of Woodland Ave.

June 13, 2019 @7:30pm MOONLIGHT HIKE – Jones Creek Interpretive Trail – Galena Visitor’s Center

Experience the peacefulness and breath-taking beauty of the Galena Canyon, along the Jones Creek Loop Trail. The towering pines, fluttering aspens and calming waters of Jones Creek are sure to put your mind at ease and prepare you to finish your work week on a high note. This 2.3 mile hike is low-medium in intensity, and is an excellent hike for the young, as well as the young at heart. Waterproof shoes/boots are recommended, as there are a couple of small water crossings. As this is a special “moon-light” hike, flashlights or headlamps are also recommended, as are bug repellant and a light jacket.

The meeting point is the Galena Creek Visitor Center, located at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, in Reno. This hike will depart from the Visitor Center at 7:30pm. and will last approximately one hour.

June 18, 2019 @7pm – Sun Valley Regional Park

Sun Valley Regional Park has 343 acres of open space widely known for its abundant wildlife, unusual rock outcroppings, and unforgettable views of the Truckee Meadows. The park includes hiking trails, mountain biking, and equestrian use trails. Also interpretive information, restrooms, picnic areas, and access to public lands.

We will be exploring the approximately 1 mile Sun Rock Trail which loops from the parking lot to the trailhead and back. Meet in the parking lot near the picnic pavilions. 

July 30, 2019 @7pm – Slide Mountain Trailhead

The Slide Mountain Trail is a short one mile loop trail on the edge of the East Bowl at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe. Although it is a relatively short medium-intensity hike to the top, this trail offers quite arguably the best vistas of our region. Sun screen, a bottle of water, and a camera are highly recommended!

From I-580, take Exit 56 toward the Mount Rose Highway (SR 431). Continue for about 12.5 miles to Slide Mountain Road (SR 878). Turn south and follow Slide Mountain Road to the East Bowl parking area. The trailhead is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot.


August 20, 2019 @7pm – Huffaker Hills

Are there really Rattlesnakes at Rattlesnake Mountain? Come find out with Rangers John and Bret at Huffaker Hills trail head for a moderately difficult 1.5 mile hike through the high desert of East Reno. We will be discussing the flora and fauna and cultural history of this hidden gem.  You also might be surprised at the views from this hike. Please come prepared as there is not much shade, no water source, and only a portable restroom.

We’ll meet at the trail head parking lot on Alexander Lake Road.  It is approximately 1 mile southeast on Alexander Lake Road (1st street east of Longley) off of South McCarran Blvd.

September 17, 2019 @5:30pm – North Valleys Regional Park

To say that North Valley Regional Park has a little something for everyone is certainly an understatement. Join us on the one of newest trail system in Washoe County, as we explore this multifaceted facility which is becoming a much beloved favorite to hikers, bikers and anyone who loves to be active. Join us for a roughly one mile hike, meeting near the new ballfields.

Take Exit 74 from US395 to Lemmon Valley Dr. and turn right. Take the next left onto Sky Vista Parkway. Follow Sky Vista for 1.7 miles and enter the park on your right at the first available parking lot. We will meet near the new ballfields on the right.

October 1 , 2019 @5:30PM – Rancho San Rafael Park

Come and enjoy a one mile hike along the new and improved lower section of Pasture loop trail at Rancho San Rafael. With incredible mountain and pastoral views, it is easy to forget you are just minutes from downtown Reno.  The rich ranching history and diverse nature of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park make it a very unique experience in our increasingly urban world.

This hike will depart from the front of the Ranger office, next to the flagpole. Enter the park from Sierra Street.