Featured HIKING TRAILS
East of Owyhee and south of Jarbidge, the Jarbidge River Trail follows rivers and climbs long rolling ridges through wildflowers. The 11.5 mile route is also shared with mountain bikers. It passes two hot springs including Robinson Hole in the east on the Jarbidge River and also one north of Jarbridge on the Bruneau River.
Southwest of Wells, the 36,000 acre East Humboldt Wilderness is an alpine splendor with many peaks above 11,000 feet. The East Humboldt Wilderness gets slammed with Pacific storms and is therefore drips with moist creeks, springs and ponds. Most of the hiking trails dead end into box canyons. There are 38 miles of trails and a 23 mile loop is possible.
Southeast of Ely and southwest of Baker in the rugged snake range, the Baker Lake / Johnson Lake Loop is a 13 mile hiking trek through gnarled bristle cone pinestands past high peaks and caverns. There is a nice side scramble up to Baker Peak.
North of Tonopah, the 15 mile Twin River Canyon Loop traverses South Twin River Canyon, a aspen covered pass, and the rugged North Twin River Canyon. This a very scenic and challenging hike with river crossings.
Northwest of Las Vegas in the Springs Mountains National Recreation Area, the Bristlecone Pine Trail (6.1 miles) is the only hiking trail located outside the wilderness area. It offers scenic views of Lee Canyon Ski Area, Mummy Mountain, and serene aspen groves. The beginning of the trail winds through a picturesque forest abundant with white fir and large quaking aspen.
Northeast of Las Vegas and west of Overton, the Valley Of Fire State Park has a scenic 7 mile round trip hiking trek to the White Domes area. This is a region of white sand stone which stands in stark contrast to the surrounding red sandstone.
Northwest of Las Vegas in the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area, there are several great treks around Charleston Peak. The North Loop and the South Loop are each about 17 miles. These are challenging high altitude routes with steep and narrow trails.
West of Tonopah in the White Mountains, the Boundary Peak Trail is a 7.8 mile round trip trek from 8,900 feet to Boundary Peak at 13,140 feet. This is a dry and sparse route through ancient Bristlecone Pines up to the windy summit. The route runs through the Boundary Peak Wilderness Area.
North of Elko and southeast of Jarbidge, the Gods Pocket Peak Trail is an 11 mile route that runs through the Jarbidge Wildnerness Area up to the East Fork Of Jarbidge River Trail. Since the trailhead can be difficult to find, you may want to actually call the Ranger office to get the best directions from your location.
Southwest of Reno, the Thomas Creek trail is a 12 mile round-trip trek along a rolling stream through an aspen filled canyon. Spring hikers will find plenty of wildflowers, while fall hikers will encounter awesome autumn colors. The altitude ranges from 7,400 feet to 9,800 feet.
North of Tonopah and south of Austin, the Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail is a 75 mile hiking trek rolling along crests with vistas over classic Nevada basin and range country. The Toiyabe Crest Trail cannot be accessed directly. The northern terminus is off the Kingston Trail at 7,500 feet. The southern terminus is off the South Twin River Trail at 6,100 feet.
Southeast Carson City, the 2,450 acre Prison Hill Recreation Area has miles of hiking trails. There are three trailhead parking areas serving these multi-use trails shared with mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV riding. To avoid motorized users, the best trailhead is the northern end trailhead.
Northeast of South Lake Tahoe, the 12,240 acre Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park has miles of trails leading into the backcountry. Within the park, there is also a stretch of the Tahoe Rim Trail and the historic Marlette Flume Trail. A popular place to start for hikers is the Spooner Lake trailhead.