Update! The construction of new roads has progressed to a point that enables easy access to the beginning of the Canyon from the end of Palladium Mine Drive, just east of Damonte Ranch High School. Since it was a Sunday, there was no construction to worry about. The climb through the canyon was strenuous by very enjoyable. Lots of interesting rock formations. Took me 1.5 hours to get to the top of the canyon. The relatively flat plateau opens up with wonderful views of Camel Back, and other parts of the Virginia Range as you move east. I took the easterly path up to the top of Louse BM. Some more scrambling toward the top. Great views of Mt Rose and all of Truckee Meadows far below. Windy but sunny. On the way down I decided to skip the canyon and take the dirt path along the north side of the ridge.
A truly beautiful hike on a wonderful bluebird day. Road was quite muddy.
Awesome hike, the canyon was a great route to take, lots of scrambling. We saw a lot of wildlife on the way and stumbled upon some obsidian flakes possibly from Natives making tools. Great views, fun climb!