Sierra Hike: Hunter Creek Falls

6.4 miles out and back
hunter creek falls

It’s hard to imagine a 30-foot waterfall smack in the middle of Reno, but hidden in the northern part of the city, Hunter Creek offers just that. The heavily trafficked trail gets a lot of attention year-round (in winter, icicles form on the falls and ice cleats may be needed to reach the top), and the trail is mostly exposed, making it hot in the afternoon sun. The last mile offers a little shade, but the first 2½ are completely exposed along the side of the ridge. It’s not an easy walk—it’s a steady climb over rocky terrain with an overall elevation gain of 1,240 feet. In most places it’s packed down, but in several areas hikers have to climb over large piles of crumbled rock to continue. Plenty of water and sunscreen are highly encouraged. When the weather is nice, get an early start to beat both the sun and the crowds.

hunter creek trail viewshunter creek trail viewcacti along the hunter creek trail