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Jones Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

This trail is another popular route in the Reno area. While many of the high desert trails are exposed, Jones Creek trail is a bit more shielded by trees and therefore a nice, shaded ride during the warmer summer months. From the parking area ride up the graveled road a few hundred feet and take a right at a Y in the trail. Ride a few hundred feet more and take another right and continue uphill on the graveled trail (Jones Creek Trail). The graveled road will eventually transition to wide single track and cross the Jones Creek. Immediately clearing the creek take another right and enjoy the route. A fairly long climb following the creek will be rewarded with an awesome view of Reno to the north and into the southern Carson valleys to the south. Continue down the hill from the lookout point. The single track will eventually merge onto a larger jeep trail. Bear left at that merge. Continue on the jeep trail for two miles or so until greeted by signs to the entrance into the Mount Rose Wilderness Area. Turn around here (no bicycles are allowed into the wilderness area) and follow your tracks back to the car. Most of the route is fairly benign with a few steep physical climbs being the biggest obstacle. Technically speaking, there are a few rocks and short drop-offs that can present some exposure to mild technical riding; however, in general the entire route is a nice ride combining a good mix of physical exertion with gentle technical maneuvering. I cannot finish this description up without mentioning the nice city overlook views and energizing excursions through the Aspen trees at the higher levels while riding along White's Creek.
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Latitude
39.359279252976016
Longitude
-119.8584258556366
Trail Directions
From Reno, take 395 south to the Mt. Rose Highway (State Road 431). Exit right on SR431 toward Galena. Continue on SR431 for about 7-8 miles and exit right into Galena Creek Park. Continue up the park road, following signs to the trailhead. The road will eventually dead end in less than a mile at the actual trailhead.
Trail Length
8.3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Reno Area
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 21, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fattony ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I was not happy with the start of the trail. I could not keep good traction going up and once i got up to a good pace I had to stop for hikers coming down. I will try it later in the year and hopfully have a better time on it. fun coming down though.

Recommended Route:
Stick to what every one else is saying and you will be fine.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spooner is good.



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Review Date
September 12, 2004

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: mrbill_89509 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a real pretty trail but remember to turn right at the sign at the start that says Jones Creek loop. Comming back, I never did find a trail back to the Park and had to ride down Timberline and back up Mt Rose highway. Beautifil through the woods.



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Review Date
April 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TahoeRydin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm actually reviewing the new White's Creek - Thomas Creek singletrack network. Although I'm going to make a separate entry under a different name once I get all the mileage recorded, the Jone's Creek trail is the closest thing to this new network. We ride this trail starting on the Jones Creek trail in Galena and ride it to White's Creek. At the fireroad we hang left and catch the new Dry Pond Trail over to Thomas Creek and then down the new Thomas Creek Singletrack to the road (Described below) and then back to Whites Creek to catch the Jone's Creek Trail back to Galena. This new trail is one of the best in Reno in my opinion. The Jone's Creek trail itself is pretty fun but a little short. The new network adds approximately 5 miles of singletrack and a mile of road/fireroad to the ride. The trail is almost entirely through very nice pine forest or wandering along Whites Creek and Thomas Creek. This trail isn’t very technical but combines a good workout with some really nice scenery and views. The trail is in excellent shape except for the climb out of Whites Creek up to Dry Pond. This part is very loose and covered in little rocks that are breaking out of the cuts on the side. The trail is almost brand new and this is to be expected until some rain packs things down. There is a fair amount of climbing followed by fun downhill runs. None of it is too fast but still is a blast as far as Reno trails go. The largest concern is the amount of hiker and horse traffic on the weekends. You definitely have to keep your eyes open for other people. Again, in my opinion, except for the lack of technical, this is by far the best trail ride in Reno. I also highly recommend the new Keystone Canyon network, but Jones/Whites/Thomas is far more scenic. Nice singletrack, lots of trees, nice little pond in the spring, cool singletrack for the majority of it. If you live in Reno or passing through, you’ve got to try it.

Recommended Route:
Go up SR431 from Reno to Galena Park. Take the first park entrance and park in the area designated trailhead. Follow the sign to the Jones Creek Loop Trail (there are two trails here, but one goes into the wilderness area. Make sure you get on the Jone’s Creek Trail. Follow the trail for approximately three miles until it heads up to the top of the ridge overlooking Washoe Valley (good rest point for those not used to the climbing). Head north and drop down through the trees to White’s Creek. When you hit the fireroad hand a left and head west up the creek. After approximately a half to ¾ of a mile you will come to a trail marker that says “Dry Pond Trail”. Hang a right here so you do not end up at the Wilderness boundary. Follow the trail across the creek and begin the climb up the mountain. Lots of loose stuff here and quite a few switchbacks. At the top you will come out at Dry Pond which has water in it up into June. Ride past on the west side heading north and the trail begins to drop down into Thomas Creek. Much better quality on this side with some easy switchbacks. Watch for hikers on the weekends. At the bottom you will come out at Thomas Creek. If you hang a left you should be able to ride for about a mile up to the wilderness area. I haven’t done this yet. Hang a right and you will head east down the creek. The singletrack is very windy and pretty fun. Lots of people though. The trail crosses the creek at the bottom after about a mile and comes out on a fireroad. Ride about 100 yards down the fireroad to Timberline Dr. Turn right and ride south for approximately ½ after crossing Thomas Creek. You will cross White’s Creek and see a paved road heading west. Ride a hundred yards up this and you will see a singletrack on the left. Follow the singletrack up and cross the road once more. The singletrack continues up the creek until the parking lot (about ½ mile). It will then blend with an old fireroad that you follow until you reach the Jones Creek Loop trail again. When riding back watch for the singletrack breaking off of the Jone’s Creek trail about a mile after the top of the ridge. It is blast if you like very windy stuff and it will drop you off just below the park. There is a bridge over a little creek and then a short singletrack that will take you back to the trailhead. It’s a good ride. Have fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Keystone Canyon



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Review Date
March 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kurt , from Reno

Summary:
Nice combo of moderate climbs and varied terrain. Some slgihtly tech parts, all in all it's a moderate, though if you do the loop there's a couple of soft DG trails that you need to be up to snuff for. Great views, fair amount of shade.

Recommended Route:
You can actually make this a loop by heading north out of the park, over the top of the hill and back down the valley on a combo of jeep/single track trail, then head up Galena Creek trail back to the park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's ton's in the Reno/Tahoe area. Check out Great Basin's site for more ideas.



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