Galena Nature Trail

Reno, NV
Length: 1.20 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

The Galena Nature Trail has a nice parking lot at the trailhead with a bathroom, good cell service, and the ranger station is there. Its right up the road from the Galena Visitors Center too and has an inside area with bathrooms, gift shop, educational programs, etc.

The start of the Galena Nature Trail  crosses Galena Creek over a footbridge, then follows the creek upstream on a well marked dirt trail with interpretive signage so its hard to get lost. The trail goes up hill for about 15 minutes about 300 feet elevation gain, then loops back down and around in a loop. One nice feature on this trail is a boulder with a crack large enough for kids to walk through and makes for a fun stop.

After completing the 1.2 mile loop there’s a quick 10 minute walk up wooden steps to Marilyn’s pond that you can do too, a small scenic pond you can walk all the way around in a few minutes.

If you have little hikers, I suggest carrying them or holding hands at the beginning of the hike uphill till you get past the creek and past the steep drop-offs to the creek. Once up the hill they are fine my 2 year old has walked the second half. Also there is a steep drop off at the top of the hill to Marilyn’s pond careful with little hikers.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 400 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

There is a bridge to cross on the beginning and end of the hike, and a nice boulder with a crack to climb through, picnic tables near the parking lot, be bear aware.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

Drive up Mount Rose Highway, pass the first entrance to Galena Park and Visitor Center, drive a few minutes up the road the sign for South Entrance and turn in on the right side of the road. Veer right to the parking lot and bathrooms.