Truckee Meadows 11 Dec 2011 04:44 pm
This is the (unofficial) Ridge Trail loop in Hidden Valley Regional Park (Washoe County Parks), Reno, Nevada. Â Because of a network of use trails at the bottom and intersecting 4wd roads at the top, finding the best route is not easy. But the majority of the loop is on nice single-track, with some steep and loose areas. For the counter-clockwise direction, after the gate across the canyon opening, walk 100 ft and turn right on a less-distinct trail that heads up a rise then to the second ridge to the right. On the descent, the trail runs into the Highland Loop Trail near the bottom of the canyon.
4.43 mi (1.91 mi uphill, 2.09 mi downhill, 0.41 mi flat)
1100 ft total ascent – 17.7 % Â uphill grade, 73.4 % Â downhill grade
2:08:50 total time (1:56:48 moving, 0:12:02 stopped)0:26:20 pace
(2.3 mph average speed, 3.8 mph max speed)10.3 difficulty, 18.7 effort
Truckee Meadows 04 Dec 2011 10:00 pm
We started this hike from the new Jones Creek Trailhead parking lot at Galena Creek Regional Park (Washoe County). There are two new connector trails to the Jones Creek – Whites Creek Loop trail, the total distance is about the same as from the old parking near the picnic area. Going to Church Pond would have added about one mile.Â It was a crisp winter day, nice in the sun on the way up the Jones Creek side but a Â bit cold on the way down Whites Creek, which was partially frozen making two of the three crossings difficult.
9.29 mi (3.75 mi uphill, 4.50 mi downhill, 1.01 mi flat)
2150 ft total ascent – 15.2 % Â uphill grade, 47.3 % Â downhill gradeÂ
4:14:11 total time (3:46:49 moving, 0:27:22 stopped)
0:24:22 pace (2.5 mph average speed, 25.9 mph max speed)
18.7 difficulty, 38.0 effort
Truckee Meadows 12 Nov 2011 10:22 pm
Mainly an exercise hike up the south part of the ridge trail at Hidden Valley Park in southwest Reno, and back down. Nice Fall day, mostly cloudy and cool but not cold.
5.15 mi (2.24 mi uphill, 2.32 mi downhill, 0.56 mi flat)
1200 ft total ascent (1632 ft descent) – 16.7 % uphill grade, 38.3 % downhill grade
2:41:03 total time (2:19:58 moving, 0:21:05 stopped)
0:27:08 pace (2.2 mph average speed, 4.5 mph max speed)
11.514 difficulty, 21.780 effort
Tahoe OGUL Peak List 28 Oct 2011 06:23 pm
NevadaRambler attempted this hike to Red Lake Peak and Stevens Peak via Crater Lake in early October, but was turned away by high winds. This time was a success, though the terrain was a bit more difficult than anticipated. The more common route starting on the PCT from Carson Pass would be easier. Â The volcanic summit block on Red Lake Peak requires some climbing with hands; I made it to the 2nd-highest and 3rd-highest points, within about 3 feet vertically of the real thing. Great views from Stevens Peak. The Stevens Peak register book Â had only a few pages left, so I placed a new one.Â My planned descent on a ridge northeast of Stevens Peak seemed to be blocked by an outcropping (I couldn’t see an easy route around or over it from above), so I dropped down the side of the canyon which had some loose patches.
Both peaks are on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List, which categorizes the Red Lake Peak summit block as a Class 3 climb (“simple climbing with some exposure”).
6.62 mi (2.93 mi uphill, 3.03 mi downhill, 0.54 mi flat)
2650 ft total ascent – 22.2 % uphill grade, 122.4 % downhill grade
6:06:04 total time (4:49:42 moving, 1:16:22 stopped)
0:43:46 pace (1.4 mph average speed)
28.2 difficulty, 45.8 effort
Tahoe OGUL Peak List 23 Oct 2011 08:26 pm
The fall weather was great for a hike to the summit of Mt. Rose, sunny and cool but not at all windy (unlike the forecast of gusts to 35mph). The snow from early October has melted off except for sheltered slopes. There were lots and lots of people and dogs out on the trail. Lassen Peak (112 miles away) was visible, barely, on the horizon.
Mt. Rose is on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List.
10.20 mi (4.35 mi uphill, 4.27 mi downhill, 1.47 mi flat)
2024 ft total ascent- – 14.9 % uphill grade, 22.9 % downhill grade
6:03:25 total time (4:38:14 moving, 1:25:11 stopped)
0:27:15 pace (2.2 mph average speed, 19.0 mph max speed)
19.2 difficulty, 35.4 effort