15 Jun 2014 09:56 pm    Category: Tahoe Rim Trail     

Martis Peak

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We intended to hike from Mt. Rose Hwy Summit to Relay Peak, but fled the cold wind up there to do this hike through sheltered forest. Followed the Tahoe Rim Trail from the Hwy 267 trailhead northeast, then the spur to the Martis Peak Lookout. Nice fields of mule ears along the trail. Took the paved Martis Peak Road for part of the return hike.


9.72 mi (4.21 mi uphill, 4.42 mi downhill, 1.00 mi flat)
1600 ft total ascent  - 12.5 % uphill grade, 201.2 % downhill grade
5:01:09 total time (4:03:17 moving, 0:57:52 stopped)
0:25:01 pace (2.4 mph average speed, 47.6 mph max speed)
14.6 difficulty, 30.8 effort



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08 Jun 2014 06:01 pm    Category: Pacific Crest Trail     

PCT from I-80 South

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An out-and-back hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Interstate-80 PCT trailhead at Boreal/Castle Pass south. We were intending to head to Azalea Lake and Flora Lake, but missed that side trail on the way out. Found it on the way back, at 39.33717° N 120.33077° W (for future reference).  The PCT is a nice trail past granite cliffs that separate it from the lakes. The snow is all gone, except for one patch near Glacier Pond, and there are just a few wildflowers.

4.29 mi (1.66 mi uphill, 1.92 mi downhill, 0.70 mi flat)
500 ft total ascent – 12.2 % uphill grade, 91.7 % downhill grade
1:55:11 total time (1:51:25 moving, 0:03:46 stopped)
0:25:57 pace (2.3 mph average speed)
5.5 difficulty, 11.3 effort


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31 May 2014 08:38 pm    Category: Hiking     

Babbitt Peak from Jones Valley

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Nice hike in the Bald Mountain Range, just northwest of Reno, from Jones Valley to the Babbitt Peak Lookout on forest service roads. No snow left in this area, even at the 8760-ft elevation peak.  Although it’s a dry year, there were patches of wildflowers, including a nice stand of Shooting Stars near Merril Creek (above) and displays of Blue Camas, Bistort, and Sierra Beardtongue in the Jones Valley meadow. The big fields of Mule Ears along Babbitt Peak Road were mostly not blooming yet; hard to tell whether they will do much later. The Babbitt Peak Lookout was staffed; the lookout ranger was friendly enough and he let us come up to the platform.


8.78 mi (4.08 mi uphill, 4.09 mi downhill, 0.54 mi flat)
1790 ft total ascent (1790 ft descent) – 11.9 % uphill grade, 108.0 % downhill grade
5:01:55 total time (3:55:21 moving, 1:06:34 stopped)
0:26:47 pace (2.2 mph average speed, 6.3 mph max speed)
11.7 difficulty, 23.1 effort

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