Get Out! 4 Great Hikes in Your Own Backyard


Hiking is vigorous cardiovascular workout, a great calorie burner and exercises your entire lower body. Here’s four local hikes for all levels.

Hiking on a regular basis can also help you maintain a healthy weight and improve heart and lung health, balance, bone density and quality of sleep. Here are five great hikes for all ages and fitness levels located right in your own backyard.

This is a steep trail leading to drop-offs and a beautiful waterfall.  Length/elevation gain: 5 miles round trip/1,410 ft.

The trail offers a good shuttle-and-loop opportunity connecting to the Upper Thomas Creek trailhead from Arrowcreek Park. Length/elevation gain: 2.3 miles/720 ft.

You can access this trail from the Lakeview Loop Trail and will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Truckee Meadows. Length/elevation gain: .25 mile/200 ft.

The trail inside Huffaker Park wraps around a pair of hills offering a view of the Truckee Meadows. Length/elevation gain: 1.7 miles/161 ft.

Visit Washoe County online for more information about these trails, including directions and hiking safety.