Base Camp Reno

by Christopher and Elizabeth Barile

Reno: A Base Camp for All Seasons
Ideally positioned between the spectacular peaks and lakes of California’s Sierra Nevadas and the vast and varied Great Basin of Nevada, Reno is an unparalleled hub for exploring the natural beauty and grandeur this region offers. The area’s four-season climate combined with year-round sun guarantees that every day can be a great day to go exploring.

Discover the dramatic scenery and diverse terrain of ten distinct geographical regions with 101 hikes—all within no more than an hour’s drive from downtown Reno. Enjoy a trail through snowbanks or amble along a sandy path. Traverse sage-covered hillsides or walk through meadows of wildflowers. Stroll along peaceful creeks or ascend to craggy cliffs and mountaintops. With Christopher and Elizabeth Barile as your guides and Reno as your base camp, you’ll find your perfect adventure, whether you have a few hours to spend or time for an all-day trek.

  • History, geology, flora, and fauna for each hike
  • Best hikes for each season, and where to enjoy spring wildflowers, fall foliage, and more
  • Ratings for trail conditions, difficulty, and suitability for children
  • Detailed driving directions to trailheads and info about parking
  • Regional maps showing all trailheads in each chapter; route and elevation map for each hike
  • Best hikes for kids, teens, and adults with limited ability
  • Elevation gains, mileage, average hiking times, and even calculated caloric burn!
  • Hikes by interest: waterfalls, rock scrambling, bird watching, petroglyphs, wild horses, and many more
  • How to prepare & what to take
  • 101 great hikes to choose from!

    Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes From Sage to Snow is now AVAILABLE in bookstores and everywhere online wherever fine hiking guides are sold.

    ISBN: 9781945501586


    About the Authors

    Elizabeth and Christopher Barile
    Photo by Sarah Ann Grant

    Christopher and Elizabeth Barile have developed a passion for the natural world through hiking. They have hiked thousands of miles together while carrying their two young children on their backs. In addition to summiting over 150 peaks in the Greater Reno area, Christopher and Elizabeth have visited 40 U.S. national parks. Some of their other favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, and birding. Both Christopher and Elizabeth have advanced degrees in chemistry from Stanford University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Christopher is a chemistry professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Elizabeth is an artist and educator. Although they have published dozens of scientific papers, this work is their first book. The Bariles live in Reno, Nevada.

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    Praise for Christopher & Elizabeth’s book:

    “With routes suitable for the beginner and expert hiker alike, this book should be your starting point for both choosing and planning your adventures around Reno. The incredible photos will make you want to go; the route descriptions and maps will show you how.”—Jeff Pelletier, an accomplished ultra-distance trail runner, photographer, and filmmaker and a member of the Team Salomon Canada (09/09/2021)

    “This is the essential guidebook for exploring the great outdoors in the vicinity of Reno (and even within Reno itself.) Attractively formatted and well organized with an abundance of photographs, Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes From Sage to Snow offers concisely all the facts you need about enticing hikes you can tailor to your own interests and abilities, selecting itineraries according to length, difficulty, features, and other criteria. And as authors Christopher and Elizabeth Barile illustrate, some of these hikes can be a family affair, even with small children.”–Dennis Goza, L’Eau Theque Productions (10/13/2021)

    “What a fun and information-packed hiking guide! It made us want to go out and try all these intriguing hikes, just minutes from Reno. The guide’s great variety of hikes and trails will please all hikers, from toddlers to grannies and everyone in-between. We greatly appreciated the clear directions to trailheads and admired the beautiful photographs which displayed the beauty of this region. Dividing the area into 10 geographic regions is an excellent way to provide interesting and useful back ground information on the diverse landscapes, including climate and weather, wildflowers and wildlife, cultural history and safety tips. Exceptional features are the “At a Glance” sections for each hike and the appendices to help readers chose the perfect hike for the readers, whether by mileage, elevation gain and even difficulty.”—Rose Strickland, author of How Not to be Cowed – Livestock Grazing on the Public Lands: An Owner’s Manual and a member of the Public Lands Committee of the Sierra Club (09/01/2021)

    “If like me, you don’t live in the Reno area but are planning a visit, Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes from Sage to Snow is a must-have resource. The photos are absolutely enticing. Each hike is described with all the information you will need to choose one suited to you and safely get you there and back. There are easy hikes, hikes with great views, hikes in both mountain and desert, hikes shaded or by water, epic or super challenging hikes and all within 35 miles of Reno. “—Jaimie Bruzenak, author, Retire to an RV: The Roadtrip to Affordable Retirement (07/29/2021)

    “Every hike resonates with the authors’ passion for and knowledge of the region, every page carries vivid descriptions that transport the reader into their world. The authors are particularly good on flora. At Mount Lola, look out for “crimson columbines, red paintbrushes, pink shooting starts, orange lilies, yellow monkeyflowers, blue larkspurs, lavender asters and purple lupines.” On Brown’s Creek on Slide Mountain, they invite you to scratch and smell the inner bark and twigs of the Jeffrey pine to enjoy its “delightful citrusy-vanilla odor… Alongside the geography and flora and fauna, the book also touches upon areas such as history, geology, and Native American culture, all contributing to the vivid picture that the Bariles paint of a region they know like the back of each other’s hands.”—Peter Thody, RoadTrip America (08/18/2021)

    “As an avid hiker of multiple trails the Sierra and throughout the Washoe and Carson Valleys, I was inspired and impressed by Elizabeth and Christopher Barile’s book Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes From Sage to Snow. Their thorough overview of the history, geology, topography, weather, flora, and fauna was a perfect snapshot of the uniquely extreme variety the Reno area has to offer. Each hike has a detailed description that gives the reader enough information to successfully plan and locate it in an easy-to-read and organized fashion. This book is for both the experienced hiker and those looking to go on their first foray onto a trail. I look forward to checking each hike off the list myself! This book is a must-have for any local Reno hikers or someone coming to the area who wants to hit the trails.”—Dawn Swinney, (08/22/2021)

    “As an avid urban and trail hiker, I was blown away by the level of care and loving detail offered in Base Camp Reno. Reading this book left me feeling confident to take on a wealth of new hikes in northern Nevada safely and easily. Christopher and Elizabeth Barile have created a lush manuscript which will be valued by novice hikers all the way through old pros! I highly recommend this book.”—Harry Fagel, author of Street Talk and Undercover (08/18/2021)