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Ballardini Ranch Figure 8 Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A double loop trail through Ballardini Ranch.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.8

KM

96%

Runnable

5,050' 1,539 m

High

4,833' 1,473 m

Low

227' 69 m

Up

233' 71 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

This is a beautiful loop for hiking or running with great views of Reno and the valley. Like most trails in the area, parts of the trail are rocky and uneven. The run is exposed with no shade so be prepared for extreme heat in summer and strong winds in the winter/spring.

Description

Start at the Ballardini Ranch Trailhead, which has a large parking lot, pit toilets, and small picnic area. Heading northwest out of the lot, you'll travel up a short ridge to a split in the trail.

Stay left to traverse west across the ridge, with a small willow-filled creek below on your left. You'll cross the creek and continue up the ridge. When you meet the dirt road, cross the road and continue straight along the trail down towards a shallow ravine. You'll pass under several large cottonwood trees and a small creek on your left.

Shortly after you start heading back up the ravine, you'll hit a split in the trail; to continue on the "figure eight" stay right and travel up a switchback until you get back up to the dirt road.

Cross the road again to stay on the trail, and you'll cross a short bridge and then run up some more switchbacks to the top of the ridge. You'll pass the short Lookout Loop on the right before heading back down towards the original split in the trail. To finish the "figure eight" stay left and loop around the bottom of the field until you end up back at the parking lot where you started.

Contacts

Shared By:

Lolo Mountain with improvements by Sally Gallagher

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

Beautiful views of the as you head up and west into the foothills of the Carson Range
Feb 4, 2018 near Reno, NV
Sharp bend in the Upper Loop trail. Continuing west up the trail takes you up onto the Ballardini Ranch Spur
Feb 4, 2018 near Reno, NV
The trail travels west towards the foothills along a small creek
Feb 4, 2018 near Reno, NV
The upper loop intersects with a dirt road you must traverse for a very short distance before getting back on loop trail
Feb 4, 2018 near Reno, NV
Typical section of trail that is wide but rocky
Feb 4, 2018 near Reno, NV
Trail signage showing intersection of upper and lower loop
Feb 4, 2018 near Reno, NV

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