A great snowshoe hike to the popular Whites Creek/Thomas Creek area southwest of Reno. We did the loop to Dry Pond on the ridge between the two drainages. I had feared we would be traversing deep snow up the steep slopes, but actually the switchbacked trails were already well trampled and easy to follow. Good conditions to try out my new Kahtoola Microspikes on the hard-packed sections of the trails. We didn’t put on snowshoes until after we crossed Whites Creek and headed up the Dry Pond Trail. A snowstorm was predicted (80%) and threatening to come over Mt. Rose, but actually we only got a few flakes.

The snow-covered Dry Pond looks a lot different from the last time we were there on Memorial Day.

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Track and Profile


6.54 mi (2.79 mi uphill, 2.74 mi downhill, 0.96 mi flat)
1105 ft total ascent (1105 ft descent) – 10.9 % uphill grade, 57.6 % downhill grade
3:46:02 total time (3:22:39 moving, 0:23:23 stopped)
0:31:00 pace (1.9 mph average speed, 32.0 mph max speed)
7.7 difficulty, 13.7 effort

Directions: Take Timberline Rd. north from the Mt. Rose Hwy (NV 431) and park either at the Whites Creek Trailhead or go farther on a dirt road to the Thomas Creek Trailhead.