May hikes at Washoe Lake State Park

May 1, 2015

Washoe Lake State Park is offering two guided hikes in May, including a full moon hike through the sand dunes and along the beach and a dune trek/beach stroll. Participants will learn about the natural and cultural history of the park and surrounding area. All hikes are free, but participants must pay the park’s entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Nevada residents receive a $2 discount

Sunday, May 3: Full Moon Hike
This is a moderate, two-mile round-trip hike in the Sand at the North Ramp Sand Dunes.

  • WHEN: Sunday, May 3. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • WHERE: Meet at North Boat Ramp Equestrian Area. Pass the park’s main entrance, and turn left onto Douglas, turn right on Lakeshore Drive, and make an immediate left turn to access the north entrance to Washoe Lake. The Equestrian entrance is on the left.
  • CONTACT: Kim Zuch, 775-687-4319, or e-mail

Saturday, May 16: Celebrate Washoe Valley
Come to the park group use area to “Celebrate Washoe Valley” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about Washoe Valley’s unique qualities and mingle with local residents and businesses. This event is sponsored by the Washoe Valley Alliance. Food will be available for purchase. The event is free and park entrance fees will be waived.

Sunday, May 17: Dune Trek / Beach Stroll
This is a moderate, 2.5-mile, round-trip hike through the sand dunes on the south east side of Washoe Lake. Dogs allowed on leash.

  • WHEN: Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Meet at the Equestrian parking lot, near the pavilion, turn right past the fee booth, go pass the campground to the gravel parking lot.
  • CONTACT: Kim Zuch, 775-687-4319, or e-mail

While at the park, be sure to pick up your Nevada State Parks Passport and learn how to earn a free annual pass to all Nevada State Parks.

Get more information about hiking from “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails.”

Source: Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


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