Jones-Whites Creeks Loop

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9.1 mi
4 hrs 44 min
1,872 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The trail is just over 9 miles and has approximately 2000ft of elevation gain. Taking the loop counter clockwise makes for a more gradual elevation gain over 7 miles. Although the last mile is still steep with several switchbacks. For those looking for a challenge, take the loop clockwise where you will gain most of the elevation in 2.5 miles. There is a short add on hike to Churches Pond at the top. There is also access to the dry pond loop along the way.

This trail is great for fall leaves. There are exposed sections of switchback which would make for a hot hike in the summer. Both Jones and Whites Creeks are year round creeks. There are several creek crossings. These crossing may be difficult in spring and early summer depending on water flow. There are logs to cross on.

Mtn bikes are allowed on a portion of this loop outside of the Mt Rose Wilderness. Horses are allowed on the entire loop.

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Getting Started

There are several trailheads that access this loop. The Galena trailhead is convenient and has plenty of parking. Drive past the visitor center parking area for a short distance where you will find the trailhead parking. If the paved lot is full there is a dirt lot for horse trailers etc that will accommodate overflow parking.

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    4 years, 5 months ago
    I have often hiked the Jones Creek trail, but only to the summit. Yesterday I completed the Jones/White Creek Loop. I climbed the Jones Creek side then came down Whites Creek. You will pass through Aspen glades, cedar and pine forests. Lots of wild flowers. White Creek is running fast now with the snow melt but is passable crossing the log bridges. I would suggest the use of trekking poles.
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    3 years, 6 months ago
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