Galena Creek Park - Snowshoeing

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Strap on your snowshoes and discover the beauty of winter in the Sierra Nevada.

Written by

Jill Sanford


9.0 miles

Up to 9.2 miles.

Destination Distance From Downtown

16.6 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

You can hike gentle and mellow routes in this area, or challenge yourself and to the more difficult 9 mile loop.

Time To Complete

3 hours

This hike usually takes 3.5-5 hours, but may be a little longer depending on how deep the snow is.



Winter is the best time for snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada, although some years you may be able to go in spring or fall as well.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits




Snowshoeing through the beautiful Galena Creek Park after a fresh snow is a great way to experience the beauty of winter in the high Sierra. The park has several trails to choose from and a visitors center that is staffed through the winter, making it a great place to have a casual snowy hike in the middle of Tahoe’s coldest months.

What Makes It Great

Winter enthusiasts will rejoice as they trek through pine trees with snowy boughs and over bridges that cross quaint creeks and streams in Galena Creek Park. There are several trails to choose from to suit your fancy when it comes to a snowy hike. Start on the mellow and short Bitterbrush Trail (.5 mile) or the casual Nature Trail (1 mile). Both are clearly marked and well trafficked through the winter time, making them ideal for those new to snowshoeing and winter hikes.

The more experienced snowshoer might want to embark on the Jones-Whites Loop Trail, which requires you to climb about 1,893 feet over the course of a 9 mile loop. If you are up for the challenge you will be rewarded with a stunning winter vista at the highest point of the loop at about 8,000 feet.

Who is Going to Love It

Since there is a route for anyone willing to strap on a pair of snowshoes, this area is a favorite for beginners and experts alike. It is a great area for families to venture out into the snow together.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Head west on State Route 431/Mt. Rose Highway towards Lake Tahoe after exiting Highway 395. Continue for about 7 miles past this junction to the park’s entrance on the west side of the highway.

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