hike with vc middle school again
Took the Spanish Ravine route up to Mount Davidson, Ophir Hill, and Mount Bullion. Excellent views of the Sierra from the top.
Hiked up with Craig W. and 4 others from behind the mining pit on the south end of town. Came back down the Spanish Gulch. The sound of the tourist steam train was always within earshot.
After finishing the "9/11 Mount Grant Memorial Challenge" in Mineral County, my teammate (Mike Collins) met-up with some other participants/friends from Washington (Bob Bolton, Duane Gilliland, Ken Russell, Greg Slayden). We headed north towards Reno, stopping at Virginia City to bag this CoHP together. There was a funny character ("Eric") at the summit trying to put an American flag on the old flagpole. Greg helped. The views from summit were great. We ascended the steep slopes on the SE side, and then descended via roads back to Virginia City on the WNW side.
I happened to be in Reno...
I hiked this one at night under a waxing moon. I summited at 9:45 PM. Weather was breezy and rather cool.
Great loop hike on a nice clear day. We made a point to visit the mine pile-outs and were rewarded with with many beautiful quartz crystals.
We planned to ski at Squaw Valley, but the wind and weather was so bad only the lower mountain was open, other resorts we closed or partially open too. Instead went to Reno for the day and the Patagonia President's Day weekend sale. Afterwards had some time so decided on this. Didn't have a map or good directions at the time. Tried to find Ophir Grade road, but once I got home realized I ended up using Spanish Ravine instead.
Home Mountain climbed many times. Road can be tough, just hike straight up mountain to V and then to summit. Hiked with Marney, Sarah, Cherie.
Am starting NV cohp so this will be first
With Dad, below.
Hiked this with son Ryan on the easiest of our three day road trip. Trip Report
Took a quick drive up from Reno after work and started the hike from the top of Taylor Street. Not much snow left and a good number of flowers starting to bloom. The views are excellent and the "signatures" from the 1870s on the summit poles & rocks are worth checking out.
I hiked both Mount Davidson and Ophir Hill. First, I hiked up the road under the telephone poles. I went to Ophir Hill first. Then I hiked Mount Davidson. The weather was clear and about 50 degrees. Snow has melted on Ophir Hill, with some snow packs on Davidson, but much has melted. All told, in about 4 miles, I probably walked over 1/4 mile of snow.
Tagged Mt. Davidson along with Ophir Hill. I ascended via the Spanish Ravine to Ophir Hill then along the ridge. A storm from the prior week left several feet of snow which had enough time to consolidate to make the postholing really bad.
Both summits have great views. Mt. Davidson better of Virginia City and Ophir Hill better of Reno and the Washoe Valley.
Waist deep in snow!
Easy hike from the water tanks up along Spanish Ravine to the ridgeline, then from there to the summit. Many tracks of wild horses.
This is basically a blaze your own trail situation, great views, good times, no summit can?!? after seeing that there really aren't any trails (they have become quite overgrown), take water & aim for the flagpole.
Parked in the dirt above the road maintenance building complex on the south side of town. Climbed up to water towers and took a right so we could get to the "V" formed with white rocks. Continued north past the "V" and scrambled up the mountain side. The only slightly difficult part was finding the best path through the large loose rocks and snow patches near the top. Took the power-line road (which runs into a dried up creek-bed) for descent, followed by a visit to the Bucket of Blood Saloon.
After a failed attempt at Raymond Peak from Markleeville on Saturday (trickier-than-expected route finding, heinous bushwhacking, and a foot or more of unconsolidated snow--I didn't even get close to my objective before turning around), I retreated to Carson City that evening to lick my wounds. Browsing SP in my cosy, warm motel room, I stumbled across this peak.
It was very cold (18 degrees when I started), but the peak has surprisingly good views--it's well worth a visit. There's better footing on the right (north) side of the SE slopes as you hike up from the NV 341/342 junction.
Afterwards, I drove up to Spooner Summit to snowshoe out to Snow Valley Peak. Fun day.
Uneventful climb from the road below. Interesting flagpole with old "signatures" dating from 1870s.