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With heavy snowpack and new snow in Reno and the mountains on Memorial Day weekend, it was a good time for a low-elevation hike. The Brown’s Creek Trail (Washoe County Regional Parks) is a nice loop trail through the forest with views of Slide Mountain, Mt. Rose, Paradise Valley, and Washoe Valley. It was a little early for wildflowers, but the manzanita is in bloom and we saw some phlox, paintbrush, muleears and arrowleaf balsamroot.

Directions: Take Mt. Rose Highway (NV 431) west from US395 to Joy Lake Road and turn left. The trailhead parking is 1.5 miles ahead on the left. The trail starts across the street.

Statistics:
4.60 mi (2.00 mi uphill, 2.07 mi downhill, 0.51 mi flat)
1050 ft total ascent – 13.7 % uphill grade, 32.5 % downhill grade
2:03:29 total time (1:56:01 moving, 0:07:28 stopped)
0:25:12 pace (2.4 mph average speed, 5.1 mph max speed)
8.0 difficulty, 16.2 effort

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