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Geocaching &Hiking 03 Dec 2006 11:59 pm

Dog Valley

View from Tashoo's Toy Cache

A Sunday excursion to Dog Valley to hit two geocaches. We expected no snow would be left from thel last storm that came through on Thanskgiving weekend, but there was snow in the woods and packed snow on the roads in the shade. We hit Tashoo’s Toy Cache first, a steep hike uphill in the snow with the payoff of a glorious view of Dog Valley and the Bald Mountains. Then we drove over to Dog Valley Campground and hunted down the Dog Valley cache–an easy 0.2 mile walk from the campground, but I needed M’s help to find the cache right where it was supposed to be, not even covered with snow.

There were lots of people out cutting Christmas Trees in the Tahoe National Forest, presumably with permits.

Geocaching &Hiking 25 Nov 2006 11:59 pm

Needle Rock

Needle Rock

After a few weekends “off” for home improvement projects, did a wonderful Fall hike in the Painted Hills area of the Virginia Mountains west of Pyramid Lake. Our destination was Needle Rock, the impressive if not-so-needle-like outcropping pictured above. Another goal was bagging two geocaches, the Neddle [sic] Rock cache and the Wheat Penny Cache. Hunting for the Needle Rock Cache was nearly an exercise frustration, but after much looking M. found the ammo can deep in a rock crevice a few meters from our GPS position of the coordinates at The Wheat Penny cache was smaller, in an Altoids box, but I found it almost immediately thanks to the hint in the log. The canyon we came down includes some interesting red sandstone features locally known as the “monkey condos”. The hike back to the car was farther than planned because we got confused on the drive in (see below), so we headed cross country in the flats and arrived at the car just as the sky turned red from the sunset.

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Track and Profile

Directions: From Reno, take the Pyramid Highway (NV 445) northeast toward Pyramid Lake to a turn-off about 1000 feet before the reservation boundary (coordinates in the GeoLocator below). Turn north and follow the roads to any suitable starting point. The road is rough with some washouts and requires a high-clearance vehicle to go far (actually the roads near the highway are worse than farther in). There are more roads now than on the USGS topo maps, with confusing intersections; we ended up at a different place than planned (not a problem going up, but made for a bit longer hike than we intended because we came down a different way). For an out-and-back hike to Needle Rock, I would recommend parking at UTM 11S 4420038N 0275686E. For the loop of the two canyons including the Monkey Condos, a good place to park would be UTM 11S 4419194N 0275452E.

8.9 mi (3.78 mi uphill, 3.68 mi downhill, 1.51 mi flat)
~1950 ft total ascent – 18.1 % uphill grade, 45.4 % downhill grade
6:24:42 total time (4:49:44 moving, 1:34:58 stopped)
0:27:18 pace (2.2 mph average speed, 10.9 mph max speed)
20.803 difficulty, 35.379 effort

Camping &Hiking 28 Oct 2006 10:03 pm

Babbit Peak and Jones Valley

For Nevada Day weekend, we went on a hiking and car camp trip to the Jones Valley and Babbitt Peak area of the Tahoe National Forest, just west of Reno. The lookout station (above) was closed for the season. A chilly night in Jones Valley. Here are a few photos from the trip.

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Track and Profile


8.63 mi (3.96 mi uphill, 4.15 mi downhill, 0.43 mi flat)
~1700 ft total ascent – 11.8 % uphill grade, 68.5 % downhill grade
4:44:20 total time (3:44:50 moving, 0:59:30 stopped)
0:26:02 pace (2.3 mph average speed, 3.8 mph max speed)
11.297 difficulty, 21.594 effort

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