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Loop hike on the new Rim-to-Reno trail from the upper Thomas Creek Trailhead. The loops starts 3.7 miles from the trailhead, near a high point overlooking Thomas Meadows. The new “north loop” is 5.3 miles and circumnavigates the ridge to the north. The trail is very gently graded and easy to follow (but in danger of getting overgrown on the first part on open slopes).  While the north loop has a tendency to wind aimlessly through nondescript forests, it also manages to go past interesting geological features (outcroppings and rock glaciers) and has good views of points east (Reno), north (Lassen Peak, Sierra Buttes), northwest (Big Meadow–photo above, Castle and Basin Peaks area), and west (the Sierra crest).  The “south loop” is 2.1 miles and is the old Thomas Creek Trail with very steep and loose sections in the ascent to the ridge.

There were a variety of wildflowers in bloom, including lots of blue and white lupines, mule ears, yellow buckwheat.

The hike on the Rim-to-Reno Trail from Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead to the Upper Thomas Creek Trailhead would be 16 miles (south loop) or 19.3 miles (north loop). Add three miles to the Lower Thomas Creek Trailhead. The last half mile to the upper trailhead is a rough 4wd road with a ford crossing the creek, or else you can park at the junction near the gated roads.

Summary:

14.67 mi (6.78 mi uphill, 5.67 mi downhill, 2.14 mi flat)
2830 ft total ascent  – 12.4 % uphill grade, 52.7 % downhill grade
7:56:03 total time (6:48:43 moving, 1:07:20 stopped)
0:27:50 pace (2.2 mph average speed)
23.0 difficulty, 43.3 effort

 

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