Washoe County staff leads these “Walk with Washoe” hikes at various locations. Outings are on Tuesday evenings and are free and open to the public. These are moderate strolls of 2 miles or a bit less. Here are the remaining hikes in the 2018 series…

  • August 21 at 6:30 p.m., Galena Creek Regional Park – 2 miles – Meet at: Bearmat Group Picnic Area
  • September 18 at 5:30 p.m., Lockwood Trailhead Loop – 1.2 miles – Meet at: Parking lot near restrooms
  • October 2 at 5:30 p.m., Ballardini Trailhead – 2 miles – Meet at: Ballardini Trailhead parking lot

Late summer is a good time to take a hike on your own around the Reno area, assuming it isn’t too hot and the air is free of wildfire smoke. That, of course, is subject to rapid change these days. My “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails” article is a good place to start when looking for a suitable trail.

Here are some of the hikes I have done and can recommend…

There is another hiking series taking place right now. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading “Discover Your Parks Walks” at a different park every week through September.

Attention dog owners – It’s the law to keep dogs on leash at all times in designated congested areas of Washoe County and in Nevada State Parks. It doesn’t matter if your dog is “friendly.” Other users of public trails do not want to be approached and/or threatened by unleashed dogs. They don’t enjoy piles of dog poop all over the place, either. Be considerate of others using our trails – leash your dogs and pick up the poop.

Tahoe Meadows Trailhead, hiking, Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White

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Duck Race and Festival, Nevada Humane Society, Reno
If you haven’t already done so, adopt a rubber duck (or several) now for the 2018 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. On Sunday, August 19 in Wingfield Park, around 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the homeless pets in our community. All entries have a chance of winning a 2018 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion.

The free festival in Wingfield Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have family-friendly things to enjoy including live music and entertainment, a carnival, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, pet adoptions and more. The exciting Duck Race launches at 4 p.m.

Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at Nevada Humane Society (NHS), 2825 Longley Lane, Reno and online from NHS. There are adoption tables at a variety of community events, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and businesses until the day of the event. For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.

Artown’s closing night concert and celebration in Wingfield Park will feature Raging Fyah, the new generation of roots, rock reggae music straight out of Kingston, Jamaica. The free show will be on Tuesday, July 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The park will open at 5 p.m. for the show.

Artown closing night concerts are extremely popular and the park will be packed out. If you really want a good viewing spot to set up a chair or spread a blanket, get there early. Even if you are back a ways, these shows are worth attending.

If you have enjoyed Artown during July, consider donating to the “Keep Artown Free” campaign. With most events free, Artown is soliciting a few extra bucks to support this non-profit organization. The goal is to increase individual contributions so Artown can continue to present the high-caliber free programming attendees have come to expect. You can donate at various venues during Artown or go to the website and kick in a few bucks online.