A Thanksgiving Day hike to Hunter’s Peak for some geocache maintenance. Â The new Sun Valley Regional Park picnic area and trailhead is very nicely done. This track mostly follows the many trails and roads in the area, but has a couple of cross-country segments. There are many ways to the top of the peak.
GeoLocator for latitude 39.6117783 longitude -119.7867279
A nice hike on the southeast side of Peavine Peak with J. and M., overlooking Reno with this amazing view of Mt. Rose (above). Parked on the main road to the peak and did a loop hike. On the way back we hit a couple of geocaches (below).
3.38 mi (1.56 mi uphill, 1.54 mi downhill, 0.23 mi flat)
~880 ft total ascent – 14.9 % uphill grade, 26.6 % downhill grade
2:41:25 total time (1:45:36 moving, 0:55:49 stopped)
0:31:16 pace (1.9 mph average speed, 3.2 mph max speed)
6.7 difficulty, 11.9 effort
GeoLocator for latitude 39.5801010 longitude -119.9022675
04 Feb 2007 11:59 pm Category: Geocaching
A New Year’s Eve geocaching expedition on the southern flank of Peavine Peak from Northwest Reno. All the new development in this area makes it difficult to find the access points to open space–and the City of Reno doesn’t seem to have any maps or directions on line. We parked at a ATV “staging area” off of Avenida de Landa, then crossed over on a road/trail behind some new houses to the drainage with the caches.
This area is at the eastern edge of the August 2006 Verdi fire and still smells of burnt wood. Fortunately, the majority of the pine trees near the geocaches survived the fire.
Track and Profile (the topo map and aerial photo do not show recent development)
Alternative access is at the end of Sandestin Drive (as of 12/2006), but there is only room for about one car except in front of houses.
GeoLocator for latitude 39.5479584 longitude -119.8976364
A Sunday excursion to Dog Valley to hit two geocaches. We expected no snow would be left from thel last storm that came through on Thanskgiving weekend, but there was snow in the woods and packed snow on the roads in the shade. We hit Tashoo’s Toy Cache first, a steep hike uphill in the snow with the payoff of a glorious view of Dog Valley and the Bald Mountains. Then we drove over to Dog Valley Campground and hunted down the Dog Valley cache–an easy 0.2 mile walk from the campground, but I needed M’s help to find the cache right where it was supposed to be, not even covered with snow.
There were lots of people out cutting Christmas Trees in the Tahoe National Forest, presumably with permits.