Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hunter Creek Trail as part of the Rim-to-Reno Trail System under construction

Construction of the Hunter Creek Trailhead has been finished for some time. At the beginning of the trail, new signs now inform that the trail is under construction (5/23/11 to 6/30/11) to improve and expand the diverse recreational opportunities in the Reno/Tahoe area. The current construction project of the Rim-to-Reno Trail System is made possible by the service of AmeriCorps volunteers, the US Forest Service and the local community.

The Hunter Creek Waterfall hike takes two to four hours. I cannot wait to continue beyond the waterfall further up-canyon into the Mount Rose Wilderness, once further trail work and trail interconnections have been progressed.

Due to the current snowmelt, the stepping stones at the first crossing of the stream are flooded and this narrow, slippery  “bridge” is the preferred crossing. Other hiking options are available as well: walking down the canyon (turn right, U-turn-style, before arriving at the stepping stones) on a narrow path, you'll reach the Steamboat Ditch Trail after two to five minutes. From there, an easy hike (going west-northwest and always following the ditch) will take you to the two-holes-in-the-wall.

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