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The aspen in Thomas Creek Canyon are beautiful now, and will be for the next two or three weeks. The hike started at the upper trailhead, which is accessible only with a high-clearance 4WD, and goes up to the ridge near Snowflower Mountain and overlooking Big Meadows. Parking at the lower trailhead on Timberline Drive would add three miles each way. The upper part of the trail to the ridge is quite steep, but easy to follow. Toiyabe National Forest, Mt. Rose Wilderness Area, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Statistics:

10.72 mi (4.81 mi uphill, 4.53 mi downhill, 1.28 mi flat)
2900 ft total ascent
7:07:04 total time (5:32:51 moving, 1:34:13 stopped)
0:31:02 pace (1.9 mph average speed, 8.0 mph max speed)
26.345 difficulty, 49.246 effort