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Peavine Peak

 
Peavine Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.58972°N / 119.92833°W

Object Title: Peavine Peak

County: Washoe

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 8266 ft / 2519 m

 

Page By: hgrapid

Created/Edited: Feb 13, 2007 / May 28, 2013

Object ID: 269626

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Overview

Although Peavine Peak is located in Nevada, it is not at all remote. In fact, several thousand of people live around its slopes and it sees a lot of activity year-round. This is because Peavine Peak dominates the skyline north of Reno, Nevada.

At 8,266 feet it rises nearly 3,800 feet above the city. The mountain is regularly hiked via a serious of dirt roads that run up and down the mountain.

Peavine is unique because it stands virtually alone; separate from any specific mountain range. It drops off at least nearly 3,000 feet on all sides. Due to its proximity to Reno, this is generally not a peak that people set up campsites. The nearby wilderness in the Lake Tahoe area is far more suitable for camping. In fact, Peavine Peak is often biked and motorized vehicles can drive to the summit. What Peavine offers is accessibility, miles of dirt roads, and interesting views, in part because the mountain is mostly devoid of trees.

The snow on Peavine Peak comes and goes during the winter months. A winter storm may cover Peavine from top to bottom and snow, and it will melt a week later. For example, the first photo below shows Peavine Peak three days after a major snow event in February 2007 and the second photo shows Peavine Peak four days later, by which time the snow had melted.

Peavine Peak at sunset
Peavine at Sunset on Tuesday February 13th, 2007

Peavine in mid-February
Four days later the snow had melted off most of the mountain


Ultimately, however, expect snow starting in December and lasting through March or April. The best months to hike Peavine are probably April, May, October, November, and early December. Avoid hiking in June through September due to the heat.

Getting There

There are many routes up Peavine Peak. You can take dirt roads up to the summit, even without a 4WD vehicle. This will make your car pretty dirty, but it is doable if you just want a nice view.

I will describe two routes below. Poeville Canyon Road - long route; and Peavine Road - short route. Both come together at roughly the same point.

Poeville Canyon Road
This is the shortest hiking route from paved roads that allow the mountain to be hiked from base to top. This route is 10-11 miles round trip.

The trailhead can be reached by taking 395 north of Reno to exit 73 (Golden Valley Road). Head west on Golden Valley to North Virginia Street. Head northwest on Virginia Street for about 1 & 1/2 miles until you reach Seneca Drive. Take a left on Seneca and drive for another 1/2 mile. Take a left on Kiowa Drive.  You will find parking at the end of the paved section. From here you can park freely.

After you park your car, take Poeville Canyon Road (FS 645A). The road is not marked at the trailhead, but you head towards the trees. Hike the road as it goes just to the right of the trees. You will stay on this road as it winds around hills leading to Peavine Peak. After about two miles you will reach a steep incline. At the top of the incline, you will see what used to be a small mining town down below. Take a left up an even steeper incline. Once at the top of this incline you will see the summit ridge in the near distance and a number of roads heading that direction. You can reach the same spot by avoiding the first incline and following FS 645 eastward around another ridge. This will take you to the Peavine Road and the same spot in about 1 mile. While this is a little longer, it is more gradual.

Once on Peavine Road your objective is the gully in the photo below. This gully is easy to get to. Follow Peavine Road up until it turns towards a tree covered slope. A jeep road heading directly towards Peavine connects with the road up the gully. The gully road follows power lines up to the summit ridge.

Take this trail to the summit ridge
Click on the photo to see the route up the summit.


You can take this gully to the summit ridge or you can actually continue past the road leading up the gully or continue up the road to its terminus for another 1/2 mile and 500 feet. From there you can simply walk up the open slope to the ridge. When you reach the summit ridge, you will find a steep, yet direct, route to the summit. The summit has a twin, which is about the same height. It takes about 5 more minutes to reach the second summit from the first summit.

Whether you take the gully or the other alternative, the total hike is 5 miles one way, rising about 2,900 feet, with some ups and downs on the way back making for more than 3,000 feet of total elevation gain. From the summit you will have a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains.

You can descend the same way you came, but the road with the power lines is very steep. When I hiked it, the gully road was covered in snow. I chose to take the Peavine Summit Road back down, which added about 1 mile to the descent.

Peavine Road
The most direct way to summit Peavine Peak via an easy day hike is to drive up Peavine Road to the base of the main Peavine summit ridge. This route cuts off the first half of the Poeville Canyon Road route. To get there, follow 395 North to exit 76 - Stead Blvd. Exit the interstate and take a left (west) towards Virginia Street. Take a right (north) on Virginia Street and follow for about 1/2 mile. On your left is the unmarked entrance to Peavine Road. This is a dirt road, which is rough at places. You do not need a 4WD, high clearance vehicle, although it preferential. Follow Peavine Road for 2.8 miles, past an old mining town to a hilltop (see photo).

Start of the route Peavine Road
Logical parking spot on Peavine Road


There is a place at this hilltop to park just off the road. The elevation here is 6495 feet. From here head straight up Peavine Road towards Peavine Peak. Before Peavine Peak turns west, continue towards Peavine Peak via the jeep road heading towards the gully. It is about 2.5 miles to the summit via this starting point, with a total elevation gain of about 1850 feet. If you take the Peavine Peak Road back down, it is about 6 miles round trip.



Red Tape

Access varies depending on the route. Because there are plenty of accessible routes up the mountain, red tape generally isn't a concern unless you go off of the road/trail. The only issue to watch is that there is private land on some of the lower slopes of the mountain. Generally, there are signs indicating this. Just be mindful when on the lower slopes.

External Links

University of Nevada-Reno page on hiking Peavine

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