Get your fill of winter thrills just a few miles from downtown Reno in Galena Creek Regional Park. The park is full of trails, but Jones Creek Loop makes an easy 1.7-mile route, set to the soundtrack of crunching snow. It’s perfect for novices, and for those seeking a quick adventure close to downtown Reno, which has emerged as a revamped and rapidly developing artisan haven of craft brew and gourmet restaurants.
Begin at the Jones Creek Trailhead and follow the trail heading east. Situated uniquely at the intersection of alpine forest and high desert landscape, sagebrush grows next to Jeffrey pines. A lot of locals enjoy this trail, even decorating the pine trees with festive ornaments during the holidays. The trail climbs up, following alongside quaint Jones Creek with white-barked aspens growing at its banks.
This trail intersects with the 9-mile Jones White Creek Loop, so make sure to follow signs closely and stay on the Jones Creek Loop Trail. After a mile, you’ll come to a small creek crossing and start heading downhill through wintry forest, with plenty of room to frolic along the way. Go ahead, gallivant in Galena!
Park at the USFS Jones Creek Trailhead in Galena Creek Regional Park, off Mt. Rose Hwy. To get to the USFS Jones Creek Trailhead drive 0.4 mile southwest, past the Galena Creek Visitor Center. Snowshoes can be rented at Galena Sport ($12 per day). Dog-friendly!