The Tom Cooke Trail is right next to the Truckee River and is open to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and trail running. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Dogs are also permitted on the Tom Cooke Trail if they are on a leash. This short hike is about 1.2 miles roundtrip, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a quick way to connect with nature.
You can add variety to your hike on the Tom Cooke Trail if you access the side loop trail by ascending at the trailhead. Though the trail is short, it climbs a set of switchbacks starting right after crossing the Truckee River footbridge. You will gain a couple hundred feet in elevation quickly and will be rewarded with some tremendous Nevada scenery.