31 Aug 2014 08:16 pm    Category: Truckee Meadows     

East Keystone Poedunk Loop

Labor Day weekend hike on Peavine Peak. On ascent followed new Poedunk Trail, the returned via the Evans Canyon tunnel under McCarran Blvd and Rancho San Rafael Park. Photo above: harvesting the pasture/dog run area in the park, in preparation for the Reno Balloon Race next weekend.


6.55 mi (2.89 mi uphill, 3.01 mi downhill, 0.63 mi flat)
1172 ft total ascent (1072 ft descent) – 9.2 % uphill grade, 17.4 % downhill grade
2:31:11 total time (2:22:32 moving, 0:08:39 stopped)
0:21:45 pace (2.8 mph average speed, 14.2 mph max speed)
5.6 difficulty, 11.7 effort

03 Aug 2014 08:28 pm    Category: Tahoe Rim Trail     

Dardanelles Lake


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Hike to Dardanelles Lake in the Eldorado Naitonal Forest from the Big Meadow Trailhead on CA Hwy 89 west of Luther Pass. Trail starts on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

8.35 mi (3.48 mi uphill, 3.40 mi downhill, 1.45 mi flat)
1400 ft total ascent – 13.0 % uphill grade, 43.7 % downhill grade
4:13:32 total time (3:36:14 moving, 0:37:18 stopped)
0:25:53 pace (2.3 mph average speed, 18.7 mph max speed)
12.2 difficulty, 24.8 effort

27 Jul 2014 07:11 pm    Category: Hiking &Pacific Crest Trail     

Castle Peak, Basin Peak, & Coon Canyon Loop

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Loop hike, via the P.C.T. from Donner Summit to Castle Peak and Basin Peak, returning via the Warren Lake Trail.  There were spectacular displays of wildflowers in each of the drainages in Coon Canyon, below the northeastern face of Castle Peak.

The loop route starts on Castle Pass Road, joins the P.C.T. to Castle Pass, then up to Castle Peak, across the ridge to Basin Peak, proceeding north down Basin Peak to the connector trail towards Devils Oven Lake/Paradise Lake overlook, and then to the Warren Lake Tail that passes through Coon Canyon on the northeast side of Castle Peak. Finally up to the Frog Lake Overlook summit and back to the road. The wildflowers in Coon Canyon were spectacular! This loop doesn’t actual go to the lakes, you just get to see them from afar. I rated the trail “difficult” because of the steep, rocky, and loose trails on the ascent to Castle Peak and on the Warren Lake Trail, as well as the intermittently disappearing trail on the Devils Oven connector, but it’s basically class 1 and 2. The shortest access to Coon Canyon is from the I-80 P.C.T. trailhead via the Warren Lake Trail passing Summit Lake (signed junction with the PCT just north of the freeway).

13.91 mi (5.93 mi uphill, 6.25 mi downhill, 1.65 mi flat)
2950 ft total ascent – 16.4 % uphill grade, 75.8 % downhill grade
9:04:40 total time (7:18:05 moving, 1:46:35 stopped)
0:31:29 pace (1.9 mph average speed)
32.1 difficulty, 55.8 effort

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