Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
760.00 ft (231.65 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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The Evans Canyon to Keystone Canyon Loop is a challenging 5 mile loop trail through the trail network just north of the Reno city center. A popular circuit for mountain bikers and trail runners, this loop heads through Evans Canyon before a short steep climb to the hilltops where the trail leaves the Rancho San Rafael park boundary and enters the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest where views across Reno and the surrounding mountains provides a scenic backdrop.

Eventually, after topping out at nearly 600' above the trailhead, the path descends into Keystone Canyon, an adjacent dry canyon that contains its own network of trails, along with a separate parking area. The trail reaches a lower access path between the two canyons, where a few benches offer views across Rancho San Rafael.

While there are numerous trails branching off throughout this area, particularly around Evans Canyon and the "N", the Evans to Keystone Loop combines the best mix of terrain, passing through several interesting points in the canyon such as old mine shafts and tailings piles, freshwater springs where islands of green flora flourish in the otherwise arid landscape. High points offer views across the city, while leaving the majority of casual walkers behind and making it likely you'll see no one other than some mountain bikers or possibly a wayward coyote.

Above the "N", the city feels distant, and the zephyrs bring a cooling breeze. It's possible to continue climbing to Peavine Peak on this network of paths.

In all, the Evans to Keystone Loop covers a good distance, and is a great example of Reno's close proximity to trails that provide an escape from the concrete urban environment below.

There are no amenities at the parking area, and next to no shade along the loop, so plan ahead.

 

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Variety of terrain. Access to vast trail network.

Cons

No shade.

Trailhead Elevation

4,735.00 ft (1,443.23 m)

Highest point

5,275.00 ft (1,607.82 m)

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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