Had a nice weekend in the area, bagging Mount Rose, Church Peak, Sunflower Mountain, Houghton, and Relay Peak.
En route to "The Microwave" & Mount Houghton. Skied from the summit. Trip Report
First stop on the way to Houghton and Rose.
Easy climb; steady and consistent along what's essentially a forest service road. There are much more interesting hikes out there, but a good workout -- and probably great to snowshoe in winter.
I reached Relay Peak's summit very fast. It took me only 1 hour and 20 minutes to hike from Mount Rose Summit, with 5 miles and 1500 feet of elevation gain. I ran 1/4 of the way.