Backcountry with Brandon: Galena Creek Park

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Updated: 5/22/2014 11:40 pm
When Chief Meteorologist Brandon Wholey moved to the Reno-Tahoe area 6 years ago, he instantly fell in love with the natural setting. During the warmer months, he likes to get out and explore what the area has to offer, especially enjoying hiking and camping. Now, he gets to share his experiences with you, and hopefully, it will inspire you to enjoy our beautiful region. His first stop is Galena Creek Park in south Reno.

This is The Backcountry with Brandon.

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Welcome to a fraction of Galena Creek Park, as we cross over Galena Creek. It is pretty magnificent right now with the accelerated snow melt.

This park is one of my favorite parks to explore early in the season, because it gets me used to exercising for the big 10,000-foot plus peaks and so here we go. I am on my way up to the Vista Point, which is going to give me a great view of the valley floor, Slide Mountain, and Mount Rose.

The Galena Creek Trail System is an excellent trail system to begin on, especially if you are a new hiker, or have just moved here from out of town. It gets you used to exercising at a high altitude, because right now, we are just over 6,000 feet in elevation. Just a short distance into the hike, you get a wonderful view of Slide Mountain.

Now, as we look towards the south, you can see a little sliver of the I-580 Galena Creek Bridge and the Montreux area. There is also a peek of the Reno valley floor, and even a little sliver of Washoe Lake. Of course the best view on the left is Slide Mountain, and on the right, Mount Rose. I can't wait to hike Mount Rose in a couple of months.

After you finish your hike, you can sit down at one of the benches and enjoy your lunch, while listening to the rushing water. There are also grills available, so you can have burgers or dogs.

To get to Galena Creek Park, head up the Mount Rose Highway. Watch for the brown signs for the park. To get to the trailhead that crosses the bridge, you will want to take the second entrance to the park by the NDOT maintenance facility. When you get there, take the bridge across Galena Creek and follow the Bitterbrush Trail until you connect with the Jones-Whites Creek Loop.

Follow that for about a half mile and when you get to a junction, head east to get the view of the valley floor.

This is also a dog hike that will be happening June 7 at the park. It is the perfect time to explore Galena with your pet. For more information, click here.

Brandon will be visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks next week, and will bring you the sights and sounds from those spots next month.
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