Church's Pond via the Jones-Whites Loop Trail



6.4 miles

Elevation Gain

2114 ft

Route Type


Added by Joshua Dawson

Church's Pond via the Jones-Whites Loop Trail is a 6.4 mile out-and-back hike that ascends 2,000+ feet. The trial is rated as difficult and is not for the beginner but offers a stunning panorama view of the valley below, and a picturesque mountain pond.

Church's pond is a small body of water located at the top of a 2,000+ ft. trail. The trail is a 6.4 mile out-and-back hike through a well shaded forest. 

For the first 0.6 miles the trail follows a peaceful creek, before upping the steepness as it ascends the mountain sides via multiple switchbacks. At 2.5 miles in, you reach a peak that allows you to see from Reno to Washoe City; a perfectly good place for sane people to enjoy and turn back. However for the less intelligent, and more adventurous, Church's pond is a relatively easier 0.7 miles away. At Church's Pond hikers can relax beside a peaceful, still pond supplied by fresh snow melt. After tending to their blistered heals and pondering their life choices, hikers can enjoy the relatively easier hike back down the 2,114ft trail.

The trail is rated as difficult due to the elevation change and is in it's best condition from April to November.

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Meh Pond

The hike up to Church's Pond is great; great workout, incredible views. The Pond is mucky and meh for me, I'd rather kick it at the summit of the Jones/Whites trail with views of the valley!

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