Hidden Valley Summit Trail

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

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Hidden Valley Summit Trail


  • Parking area and trailhead.- Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • The trail begins through the gate immediately east of the parking area.- Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • Bands of wild horses who live in the surrounding mountains are often visible.- Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • - Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • A steep climb up a dry rocky trail marks the way to the summit.- Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • Max's Lookout: a bench and shrine to a dog named Max.- Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • At the summit looking out over the entirety of the Washoe Valley.- Hidden Valley Summit Trail
  • - Hidden Valley Summit Trail
Overview + Weather
Variable length and difficulty. Low traffic.
No shade.
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, NV
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
982.00 ft (299.31 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,612.00 ft (1,405.74 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Hidden Valley's trails are located on the acreage at Reno's eastern edge where the Washoe Valley abuts the mountains in an area collectively known as Hidden Valley County Park.

There are many trails and paths meandering through the mountains over here. The lower-elevation and more gradually sloped trails serve mountain bicyclists and equestrians, while hikers can take the steep rocky terrain and leave the traffic behind for a steep ascent to views over the entire Reno/Sparks metropolitan area.

The trails to the top are not signed, but they can be easily discerned by just opting for the route that continues climbing at each intersection.

The trail is up a dusty and loosely packed rock path that strenuously climbs just under 1,000 feet over the next mile.

Because there are so many trails, hikers can veer from the summit path or continue from the summit further into the mountains, which keeps the trails open for individualizing in terms of difficulty and length.

Keep your eyes out for views of the bands of wild horses that live in the mountains in this area.

Park hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. There are picnic benches at the trailhead parking area and bathrooms, trash, and water a little further down at the main parking area for the park.

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