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Hike to Relay Peak (elev. 10338 ft), on the ridge west of Mt. Rose, from the Mt. Rose Summit trailhead on NV Hwy 431.  The route follows the bike trail and service road on the ascent, then descends via the new Tahoe Rim Trail back to the Galena Creek waterfall on the Mt. Rose trail. The new portion of the TRT is  routed through scenic areas with well-constructed, moderate grades.  Relay Peak via the TRT is a nice alternative to the very popular ascent of Mt. Rose, I only met a few people on the trail even though the trailhead parking lot was packed. The day started hot, 82 F at the trailhead at 11 a.m., but cooled off in the afternoon when a cold front came through with a little rain and (mostly) distant lightning.

 

Statistics:
10.41 mi (4.81 mi uphill, 3.81 mi downhill, 1.76 mi flat)
1600 ft total ascent – – 12.2 % uphill grade, 31.3 % downhill grade
4:49:46 total time (4:24:18 moving, 0:25:28 stopped)
0:25:22 pace (2.4 mph average speed, 5.2 mph max speed)
13.9 difficulty, 27.3 effort

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