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Dogskin Peak in the Dogskin Mountain Range, from Bedell Flats north of Reno. We met all types of users of the public lands on this hike: Cowboy and cowgirl on horses rounding up cattle, chukar hunters, dirtbikes, all-terrain vehicles. We were the only ones who scrambled to the summit of Dogskin Peak, though. A register logbook is on the second peak from the north, which is about the same elevation of the first peak where the USGS benchmark is located.

Where did the name “Dogskin Mountain” come from? According to Alvin R. McLane in Silent Cordilleras, “A longtime Reno resident told the author that the range got its name because the mountain sides looked like the skin of a hound dog. This is especially true when the flanks of the mountains are viewed in the light of the western sun, the many mountain ridges resemble crinkled skin.”  Hmm, sounds far-fetched to me!

Track GPX file


4.77 mi (2.24 mi uphill, 2.31 mi downhill, 0.15 mi flat)
2291 ft total ascent (2291 ft descent) – 20.8 %  uphill grade, 84.5 %  downhill grade
4:26:53 total time (3:21:07 moving, 1:05:46 stopped)
0:42:11 pace (1.4 mph average speed, 3.1 mph max speed)
18.6 difficulty, 29.1 effort