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This year, Rusty and myself are on a personal mission to hike at least once a week - not for us, but for the dog's sake. Between the store, having a new baby in the family, owning an old house that always needs improvements, and working other jobs... the doggo has been slightly abandoned and very restless. So our #52RenoHikes goal was born and we decided to share it with our Gear Hut community.

We've had a couple questions about the official list of hikes... but there is none. The goal is to get out for anything that you consider to be a "hike" at least once a week. So far, we've explored dirt roads on BLM land, a paved walking/jogging path, did a clean up with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, and hiked the Tom Cooke trails.

If you're stuck on ideas, here is a list of some of our go-to places to hike!

1.) Tahoe Meadows boardwalks (in winter, snowshoes!). This area has lots of small loop options, an area popular for sledding, and fantastic views! Check the weather and road conditions before venturing up here. This is also a starting point for a stroll along the Tahoe Rim Trail.

2.) Virginia Lake paved path: Loop - 1 mile, good for strollers.

3.) Hunter Creek: Out and back - 6 miles. Hot in summer, icy in winter. Leads to a waterfall!

4.) Ballardini Ranch Trail - figure 8 loop options (2.3 miles total, 1.7 upper loop, 0.6 lower loop). Good open vistas.

5.) Evans Creek Trail - 3 mile loop with shorter cutoff options in San Rafael. Park at the sports complex to start this hike!

6.) Huffaker Hills Trailhead/Rattlesnake Mountain - 1 to 2 miles loop options with fantastic views of the Sierras. Great to stop here while running errands in plaza land!

7.) Downtown River Walk - Grab a cup of coffee and walk along the Truckee River! Park in the neighborhoods to avoid meters. Stroller, bike and roller blade friendly!

8.) Moon Rocks BLM - Not necessarily a hike, but fun exploration and scrambling!! It can be busy with OHVs on weekends. A great introduction to desert wandering!

9.) Galena Creek- This area is a hub for beautiful tree hikes! At the base of Mt. Rose, you can find the Jones Creek, White's Creek and Thomas Creek Trails here. Check out the visitor's center as well!

10.) Sun Valley Regional Park, BLM access - Forever wandering dirt roads and paths to explore the hills back here! Sun Valley Regional Park also has a fun disk golf course to play!

For more trail and park suggestions, check out this fantastic guide:

Good Luck! Go get outside! Hop onto the goal at anytime in 2020, and share your weekly adventure using #52RenoHikes or our tag #RecycledAdventures. We love to see you getting out and would love to share!


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