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Halo Trail (Keystone Canyon)

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Great single-track in the backyard of Reno. Some technical advanced riding, but 95% ridable for intermediate level.

Park at West Keystone Trailhead, and head west along the dirt road, up a short hill and take the well-marked "Halo Trail" singletrack to the left. The turn-off is before the jeep track switches back uphill. The climb is first (long with plenty of switchbacks, but not terribly technical) and once you reach the ridge, it is a combination of up and down, some technical riding, and some rather quick sections. Turn downhill at Keystone Canyon (radio towers) for a well-deserved downhill section or continue to Evans Canyon (requires more uphill on road or backtrack along the trail to get back to your car). Roughly 12.5 miles from West Keystone to Keystone Trailhead.
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Latitude
39.55137560388825
Longitude
-119.84899520874023
Trail Length
12.5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Reno
State/Territory/Province
NV
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Lopaka ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This cross country trek is 12.5 miles long with about 1775 feet of climbing.

The Good: The trail features some good narrow single track, fun switchbacks and a few slightly challenging technical spots. The older sections that drop into Keystone Canyon have some good flow. The climbs are set at a perfect pitch to be challenging but not overwhelming. There are a few nice views of North Reno and the trail is easily accessed.

The Bad: The trail is not really a loop. There is no real trail head. The trail markers are terrible. Even though the trail covers 12.5 miles, it feels like you are going nowhere. Proximity to Reno means plenty of traffic. There is no shade and usually no water.

Recommended Route:
Park in the Keystone Canyon Trail Head parking area. (All parking in the area is subject to break-ins..watch out) Instead of riding up Keystone Canyon ride south back out to the paved road make a right. Ride this paved road through the West Keystone parking area. Continue west, low on the hillside along the backyards of the houses.

When you find an access road come out between two of the houses on your left, ride up the steep rocky jeep road to your right. At the top of the first pitch, as the jeep road switches back to the right, you will see a barricaded jeep road with a tiny Halo Trail sign. This is the start of the Halo Trail.

After about 10 total miles you will come to a "T" with a white trail marker in the middle of it. The trail marker will say Halo on the backside but not on the side facing you. Make a right down the hill, down through Keystone Canyon and back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Evans Creek to Keystone Canyon Loop. The "N" Trail.



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Review Date
March 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Lopaka ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This cross country trek is 12.5 miles long with about 1775 feet of climbing.

The Good: The trail features some good narrow single track, fun switchbacks and a few slightly challenging technical spots. The older sections that drop into Keystone Canyon have some good flow. The climbs are set at a perfect pitch to be challenging but not overwhelming. There are a few nice views of North Reno and the trail is easily accessed.

The Bad: The trail is not really a loop. There is no real trail head. The trail markers are terrible. Even though the trail covers 12.5 miles, it feels like you are going nowhere. Proximity to Reno means plenty of traffic. There is no shade and usually no water.

Recommended Route:
Park in the Keystone Canyon Trail Head parking area. (All parking in the area is subject to break-ins..watch out) Instead of riding up Keystone Canyon ride south back out to the paved road make a right. Ride this paved road through the West Keystone parking area. Continue west, low on the hillside along the backyards of the houses.

When you find an access road come out between two of the houses on your left, ride up the steep rocky jeep road to your right. At the top of the first pitch, as the jeep road switches back to the right, you will see a barricaded jeep road with a tiny Halo Trail sign. This is the start of the Halo Trail.

After about 10 total miles you will come to a "T" with a white trail marker in the middle of it. The trail marker will say Halo on the backside but not on the side facing you. Make a right down the hill, down through Keystone Canyon and back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Evans Creek to Keystone Canyon Loop. The "N" Trail.



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Review Date
June 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I like this trail. For years I've been riding the "Keystone Canyon trail" at least that's what we've called it. Anyway, the first time I rode the Halo Trail I was really impressed. Whoever put it together did a great job.
I don't have time to describe the trail in depth, but I'd say it's intermediate/advanced trail that has fantastic views of Reno and surrounding areas. Also the trail goes through a lot of previously not too accessible territory.



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Review Date
June 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: skiNavy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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