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Point 7219 - Dry Pond Loop - Reno, Nevada
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Point 7219 - Dry Pond Loop - Reno, Nevada

 
Point 7219 - Dry Pond Loop - Reno, Nevada

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.38630°N / 119.8548°W

Object Title: Point 7219 - Dry Pond Loop - Reno, Nevada

County: Washoe

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 7219 ft / 2200 m

 

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Created/Edited: May 29, 2010 / Apr 30, 2013

Object ID: 625040

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Overview

Point 7219 would just be a point on the map if it weren’t for the trail network leading to its meadow like summit. Technically it is located about 1 mile east of the official Mount Rose Wilderness Boundary, but it is within the trail network on National Forest land, so it is part of the same forest that includes Mount Rose. 

It is the summit directly east of Dry Pond, a popular destination which loops up and down the ridgetop connecting the Whites Creek Trail with the Thomas Creek Trail.

The summit can be hiked in about 2 miles starting from the Whites Creek Trailhead off of Timberline Drive. Views are excellent, with nearly all of the major peaks in the Mount Rose Wilderness in view, as well as views east to the Virginia Range.

The summit appears to have been made more approachable by a controlled burn in the area that created a meadow-like path to the summit. The area further west is very dense forest, which means there are no other higher summits of interest on that ridge that can be reached without serious bushwhacking that is no fun at all.

Near the summit
Heading up the final stretch to the meadow-like summit


The advantage of this mountain is that it can be hiked early season or late season when the rest of the Mount Rose Wilderness is too covered in snow. Further, the trailhead is only 15-20 minutes drive from downtown Reno.

The best times to hike are March through May and October through mid-December.


Getting There

To get there from Reno, take 395 South to the Mount Rose Highway (rt. 431). Once on 431, take it to the west for about 4 1/2 miles until you see Timberline Drive on your right. Turn right on Timberline Drive and then drive uphill for about ½ mile, and you will see a sign on the left to the Whites Creek Trailhead. A short bit up the road, its turns to dirt, but the road remains very well graded. It is about ¾ miles up to the trailhead.

Routes

From the trailhead, hike 1 1/2 miles up to the junction with the Dry Pond Trail on the right. Follow the trail up for about half a mile to Dry Pond. At Dry Pond, head up the open meadow on the east side of the lake. It is about three-tenths of a mile and 265 feet to the summit.

Dry Pond
Dry Pond


The round trip hiking distance is about 4.6 miles, with a one-way elevation gain of about 980 feet.

The summit can also be approached from the north via the Thomas Creek Trailhead. Drive another ½ mile past the Whites Creek Trailhead to the Thomas Creek Trailhead off of Timberline Drive at about 5990’. Head about 1 ½ miles up the Thomas Creek Trail to a trail junction. Head left up the trail towards Dry Pond. At about 3 miles the pond is reached. Then head around the other side of the pond. Another three-tenths of mile and 265 feet is required to reach the summit. All told, this hike is about 7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1230 feet.

These two can be combined as a loop starting at either Whites Creek or Thomas Creek. Whites Creek is recommended as the starting point. This hike is about 7 miles.

Mount Rose from the summit of Point 7219
View of Mount Rose from the summit (4.5 miles away)

Red Tape

There are no pemits needed to hike up the Whites Creek Trail or the Dry Pond Trail. Bikers are welcome, as are pets.

External Links

Area Trail Map

Images

Mount Rose from the summit of Point 7219Dry Pond Near the summitPoint 7219 from the Dry Pond TrailLooking at Mount Snowflower 10,243\'View east from the southeast summit to Point 7219