09 Jun 2013 07:44 pm Category: Tahoe Rim Trail
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.
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
GeoLocator for latitude 39.3129311 longitude -119.8975296
27 May 2013 03:01 pm Category: Hiking
Photo Album (5/11 and 5/20 and 5/27/2013)
A wildflower reconnaissance hike to Sagehen Creek Meadows on 5/11/2013: It’s mostly still way too early, but the manzanita bushes are in bloom, as well as a a few blue camas lilies in the first small meadow.
Update 5/20/2013: The blue camas are in full bloom in the big meadows. This week is the time to go.
Update 5/27/2013: Returned on a group hike with friends. Past prime for the camas, but lots of new purple cluster flowers (above, Sierra beardtongue penstemon?) and other wildflowers.
5.30 mi (1.86 mi uphill, 1.74 mi downhill, 1.68 mi flat)
200 ft total ascent – 7.5 % uphill grade, 27.8 % downhill grade
2:02:18 total time (1:45:03 moving, 0:17:15 stopped)
0:19:47 pace (3.0 mph average speed)
2.5 difficulty, 5.6 effort
GeoLocator for latitude 39.4341393 longitude -120.2046814
25 May 2013 05:12 pm Category: Truckee Meadows
Loop hike between the West and East Keystone Trailheads on Peavine Peak, via the Halo Trail and connector trails. I expected most of the wildflowers to be gone at this elevation by now, but was pleasantly surprised.
10.76 mi (4.60 mi uphill, 4.25 mi downhill, 1.80 mi flat)
1200 ft total ascent
5:38:34 total time (4:33:30 moving, 1:05:04 stopped)
0:25:24 pace (2.4 mph average speed, 5.4 mph max speed)
14.8 difficulty, 30.5 effort
GeoLocator for latitude 39.5494995 longitude -119.8599625
05 May 2013 11:59 pm Category: Truckee Meadows
Spring hike on Peavine Peak from the East Keystone Trailhead. Follows part of the Halo Trail. Lots of wildflowers.
10.69 mi (4.75 mi uphill, 4.56 mi downhill, 1.33 mi flat)
1200 ft total ascent – 12.0 % uphill grade, 209.9 % downhill grade
4:53:14 total time (4:11:59 moving, 0:41:15 stopped)
0:23:34 pace (2.5 mph average speed, 5.6 mph max speed)
13.0 difficulty, 26.2 effort
GeoLocator for latitude 39.5415611 longitude -119.8526001
28 Apr 2013 08:29 pm Category: Truckee Meadows
Dry Pond was really nearly dry already at the end of April, unlike two years ago in June.
6.82 mi (2.92 mi uphill, 2.86 mi downhill, 1.02 mi flat)
1112 ft total ascent (11112 ft descent) – 11.4 % uphill grade, 21.8 % downhill grade
2:58:56 total time (2:42:40 moving, 0:16:16 stopped)
0:23:50 pace (2.5 mph average speed)
8.5 difficulty, 17.5 effort
GeoLocator for latitude 39.3934097 longitude -119.8385086