Weekend runs are my favorite. They’re typically my longer runs and it gets me started in the right direction for being productive when I get up on a Saturday and get a nice long run in. I wouldn’t say I have a go-to weekend run spot since I try to mix it up a bit, but I do have those times when I can’t decide on what sounds good. Sooo… if you’re like me and just end up running a familiar route because nothing comes to mind, here are a couple of suggestions to consider.
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Bartley Ranch is a 117 acre park that includes a “regulation-size equestrian arena and warm-up arena, the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, the Western Heritage Interpretive Center and the restored Historic Huffaker School”. The park has three different trails to explore: the Flume Trail, the Quail Run Trail, and the Ranch Loop Trail. However, only the Ranch Loop Trail is typically permitted for runners given the Flue Trail and Quail Run trail are fairly short and used more for hiking and used for interpretive panels by Washoe County to discuss ranching history and the local flora and fauna to visitors.
The Ranch Loop Trail is approximately 1.5 miles in length but is connected to the nearby Anderson Park trail which is about 2 miles in length. Both trails are really flat, which is perfect for a nice long run if you want to run a loop for both trails a couple of times. There isn’t much shade cover for the Anderson Park Trail, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are adverse to high temperatures, but for a nice weekend Spring run, it is pretty nice… especially early in the morning.
Horseman’s Park (Steamboat Ditch Trail)
Horseman’s Park is located on Skyline Blvd about a ½ mile up from Moana Lane. This trailhead is a part of the 43 mile long Steamboat Ditch Trail. This trail spoils just about any runner giving amazing view of Reno while offering a pretty flat run. I typically run about 2 miles out from the trailhead just off Skyline Blvd and turnaround providing a nice 4 mile run, but you can run as much or as little of this run on the Steamboat Ditch Trail that you want. It’s a good course for group runs or just running with a friend as well as mountain biking.