Dog-Friendly Outings in Reno Tahoe
It’s a proven fact, dogs tend to add a little extra happiness to any activity. Even cat people can agree. So let your furry friend encourage you to get outside and have some fun. Reno Tahoe offers beautiful, dog-friendly hiking trails and some great places to unwind while the dogs play. Here are a few to check out:
Tunnel Creek Trail
1.8 miles north of Sand Harbor State Park. Park near the Tunnel Creek Cafe on State Route 28.
This 3.3-mile trail is known for a very special reason. It is home to Monkey Rock. That’s right, once you hike your way up you’ll be greeted by a rock with an uncanny resemblance to a friendly gorilla. You can continue on to connect with several larger trails like the Tahoe Rim Trail and Flume Trail or just snap a picture with Monkey Rock and call it a successful day.
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Mt. Rose Trail
Approx. 16 miles west on Mount Rose Highway from US 395. Park in the Mount Rose Summit parking lot.
The beauty of this hike, in addition to the actual beauty that surrounds you, is the ability to keep it fairly easy or make it a challenge for you and your pup. The full trail is 4.6 miles one-way with the second half offering more of an incline. For those looking for an easier hike, make your way to the gorgeous waterfall before turning back around. You won’t regret it and dogs love to cool down in the water.
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Hunter Lake Trail
Turn west on Caughlin Parkway from McCarran Boulevard, then south on Village Green Parkway. Follow Pinehaven Road and turn southwest. Trailhead is on the right.
This will prove a great workout for both you and your companion. To make it to Hunter Lake (water level dependent on the year) you’ll be hiking approximately 7 miles. Of course, with hard work comes big reward… the view of Reno is fantastic. While you won’t want to plan a hike in the dark, time your adventure just right to make the return trip while the sun is setting to see the city lights.
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Take the Sierra Street exit off of I-80 and head north on Sierra Street. Entrance to the park is on your left.
Rancho San Rafael offers plenty to do for dogs and humans alike. There are several trails to explore, one of which leads to a fascinating Basque monument hidden in the trees. If you’re ready to take a break, but your pup is still wanting to play, check out the large dog park right in the heart of Rancho San Rafael. They have plenty of room to run and will quickly make friends with the other visitors.
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Sparks Marina Loop Trail
Exit I-80 at the N. McCarran exit and head north. Turn right on Nichols and the park will be straight ahead.
If you’re just looking for a leisurely outing, the Sparks Marina is a perfect spot. The trail itself is a 2-mile, paved loop around water with people fishing, paddleboarding and sailing. One section of the marina is gated for dogs to run free. They have plenty of space to run on land and access to the water if they want to take a little dip. It does get busy, so make sure your furry friend can handle other dogs, people and the occasional wildlife critter.
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