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Washoe Lake State Park invites public to January hikes


unnamed-300x225-1807269-5580256If your New Year’s resolution is to get out and hike more, you’re in luck. Washoe Lake State Park has two ranger-led hikes scheduled in January. The park is a popular area with beautiful views of the nearby Sierra Nevada, Carson and Virginia Mountain Ranges. Don’t forget to pick up a Passport booklet.

The Passport booklet serves as a travel aid for park visitors. It includes photos, a description of each park, and spaces for validation stamps, designed to reflect each unique state park. Once passport holders have their booklets stamped at 15 different parks, they will earn one free annual pass to Nevada State Parks.

On Sunday, January 11, at p.m., the Deadman’s Creek Guided Hike is a one-mile round-trip hike to the gazebo at the top of Deadman’s Creek. Please dress warmly and bring a hat, coat, gloves and good walking shoes for this moderately easy hike. Rangers will talk about the park and cover a brief history of the Washoe Valley.

Hikers are asked to meet at the Overflow parking lot – after entering the park, turn left, and it is the first parking lot on the right

Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m., the Trek and Beach Stroll Hike is approximately two miles long and is moderately easy. Please dress warmly, bring a hat, coat, water, gloves and a camera. Participants should wear good walking/hiking shoes, as the trail will be sandy or snow-covered in some areas. We will be looking at a variety of plants and wildlife. The Dune Trek Trail offers some great views of Washoe Valley and Slide Mountain.

Hikers are asked to meet at the equestrian parking area – after entering the park, turn right, pass the campground, and it is the gravel parking lot next to the pavilion

For information call 775-867-4319, or email [email protected].

These hikes are free of cost; however, there is an entrance fee of $7.00 per vehicle. Nevada residents receive a $2.00 discount. Events and hikes are subject to change due to weather and staffing.

All events are open to the public. Please be sure to bring plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear on hikes. Washoe Lake State Park is 18 miles south of Reno and five miles north of Carson City. Travel on U.S. 395, take the Eastlake Boulevard Exit and park entrances are on the west side of Eastlake Boulevard. Contact staff at Washoe Lake State Park at 775-867-4319 or [email protected] for more information about this event. “Like” us on Facebook to keep current on all park events.

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 25 parks, historic sites and recreation areas in Nevada.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.




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