Mt. Rose from Dry Pond

Today’s hike on Memorial Day 2007 was a much more successful venture, certainly, compared with yesterday’s. We did a 6.7-mile loop hike from the Thomas Creek trailhead, first up the creek, then following the connector trail up to Dry Pond on the top of a ridge, and then back down Whites Canyon Trail. Amazingly “Dry Pond” was not dry, as evidenced by the reflection of Mt. Rose in the photo above! The great view from Dry Pond was a pleasant surprise on a hike close to home. Along Whites Creek Creek there is an old road and multiple established or use trails closer to the creek. They mostly end up at the same place, but the single track trails are nicer. This area is part National Forest Service and part Washoe County Parks (the adjoining Galena Creek Park to the south), with new private development encroaching near the trailheads. The only flaw of this hike is the last mile return from Whites Canyon trailhead to Thomas Creek trailhead along a paved residential road.

Photo Album

Track and Profile

Trailhead: Take the Mt. Rose Hwy (NV 431) from U.S. 395 west to N. Timberline Dr. and turn right (north). Go through the residential area and follow the signs to the Thomas Creek trailhead parking lot. Alternatively, to do the loop hike in the opposite direction turn left at the sign to the Whites Creek trailhead (but no parking is allowed until the official trailhead at 0.7 miles up the sideroad).

Statistics:

6.69 mi (3.00 mi uphill, 2.97 mi downhill, 0.67 mi flat)
1050 ft total ascent – 11.1 % uphill grade, 23.2 % downhill grade
3:27:23 total time (2:55:18 moving, 0:32:05 stopped)
0:26:12 pace (2.3 mph average speed, 5.8 mph max speed)
8.033 difficulty, 15.847 effort