Galena Creek Jones Whites Creek Trail

Easter Day we decided to take a short hike at Galena Creek Park…we’ve been on the trail before but could never find the Jones Creek Loop (only a 1.7 mile loop)…we always keep going North and a tad East.

Jones-Whites-Thomas Creeks Trail Map

Jones-Whites-Thomas Creeks Trail Map

We parked at the Jones Creek Trailhead and ended up at the Whites Creek Trail intersection before turning back…started too late in the day and didn’t take enough water to hike 9.2 miles (our hike ended up being 5 miles round trip). Lots of people and dogs were out and about, some on mountain bikes.

Mount Rose from the east portion of the Jones Creek Loop.

Mt. Rose from the east portion of the Jones Creek Loop.

Plants are starting to bloom along the trail.

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja)

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja)

Not sure if this is Greenleaf (Arctostaphylos patula) or Pinemat (Arctostaphylos navadensis) Manzanita.

Not sure if this is Greenleaf (Arctostaphylos patula) or Pinemat (Arctostaphylos navadensis) Manzanita.

Mahala Mat (Ceanothus velutinus)

Mahala Mat (Ceanothus velutinus)

Mahala Mat (Ceanothus velutinus)

Mahala Mat (Ceanothus velutinus)

Heading north to the Whites Creek Trail.

Heading north to the Whites Creek Trail.

Looking back to Mount Rose on the Jones Whites Creek trail.

Looking back to Mount Rose on the Jones Whites Creek trail.

Next time I’d like to start earlier, take a lot more water, and head west to Church’s Pond.

Wildflowers Blooming at Galena Creek Park, Nevada

Some of the flowers blooming along the Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail ~ taken on 04 May 2013.

Indian Paintbrush ~ Galena Creek Park

Indian Paintbrush ~ Galena Creek Park

Mule's Ear ~ Galena Creek Park

Mule’s Ear ~ Galena Creek Park

Soon to be blooming Lupine!  There's lots of them about to burst open.  ~ Galena Creek Park.

Soon to be blooming Lupine! There’s lots of them about to burst open. ~ Galena Creek Park.

I'm going with some sort of Groundsel ~ Galena Creek Park.

I’m going with some sort of Groundsel ~ Galena Creek Park.

Ground Phlox ~ Galena Creek Park

Ground Phlox ~ Galena Creek Park

Not a wildflower, but cute none-the-less ~ Mr. Lizard.

Not a wildflower, but cute none-the-less ~ Mr. Lizard.