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Hike up a canyon in the Painted Hills, off of Pyramid Lake Highway west of the reservation boundary. ¬†This route goes past a popular climbing wall and the “monkey condos” rock formation. Beautiful, colorful desert area.

Trailhead directions: High-clearance vehicle required. The turn-off from Hwy 445 at coordinates¬†39.86488,-119.64621 is 3.0 miles east of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation boundary. Turn north from the highway through a cattle guard then turn right at the gravel pit after about 900 ft, then follow the ‘main’ dirt road over a small pass between two hills for 1.3-1.4 miles to either of two roads that head up the canyon. This route into this area is longer but easier than the one described previously, which required four-wheel drive for a steep section.


3.48 mi (1.55 mi uphill, 1.40 mi downhill, 0.51 mi flat)
490 ft total ascent – 16.1 % uphill grade, 55.9 % downhill grade
2:31:35 total time (1:48:07 moving, 0:43:28 stopped)
0:31:02 pace (1.9 mph average speed)
8.3 difficulty, 16.0 effort