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Light Hike – Brown’s Creek – Upper

May 29, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event: Brown’s Creek – Upper Modified

When: Monday, May 29, 2023 @ 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Event Leader(s); Instructor(s):
     Lambeth, Deborah (Debbie) @ 775-233-7536;

Starting Location: Brown’s Creek TH. Directions: Take Mt Rose Hwy to Joy Lake Rd; make a left turn onto Joy Lake. About 1.5 miles, on the left, is the trailhead.

Description: This is a moderate hike that has nice views looking toward Washoe Valley. There are some hills that follow ridgelines and drop down to cross Brown’s Creek on small bridges at different locations. This hike is on a rocky dirt trail. The first 1.2 miles has a gradual rise in elevation of about 900 feet up to a vista point with views of Washoe Valley and Washoe Lake. The loop then descends for about 3/4 of a mile to Brown’s Creek. We are going to turn around at this point and head back uphill to the vista point and back to the trailhead. This will avoid a stream crossing where the river is flowing around the bridge.
Follow the Mt. Rose highway for a short distance past the North Galena Park entrance and turn left onto the Joy Lake Road. Then go 1.5 miles to the trailhead on the east side of the road where there is parking and an information kiosk. The trail begins across the street on the west side of the road.

Distance(s): 4.0     Route Type: Out-and-Back     Elevation Gain: 900 (feet)     Difficulty: 5 (1=Easy thru 10=Very Difficult)

Event Specific Information: Note this hike has been modified and does not go all the way around the loop.

Be sure to bring your hiking poles. And your OLLI Reno Outdoors Medical Information form.

What to Bring: Drinking water and snacks. Hat and sunscreen are recommended. Trekking poles may be useful.

Click any link to see a Google Map; Please arrive at least 15 minutes before stated times


May 29, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Debbie Lambeth


Brown’s Creek TH
39.349222, -119.833544 + Google Map

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