The Spanish Ravine route begins at the foot of Mt. Davidson
near the city water tanks. There is parking for 4-5 cars close to a small city yard. The route ascends along the Spanish Ravine on some old utility roads, passing the water tanks and numerous prospects from the silver mining days.
Spanish Ravine route looking west.
It is difficult to take a wrong turn. Just follow the obvious road west, following a series of telephone poles. The views of Virginia City on are great.
Spanish Ravine route looking east.
At the plateau, south of Ophir Hill, the view of the Sierra opens up. On a clear day one can see all of Reno, the Washoe Valley, Mt. Rose, Heavenly, Highland Peak, Tower Peak and tons of Nevada Peaks. Ophir Hill lies a very short distance to the north.
There are several other roads criss-crossing the area. Head along the obvious, steeply climbing road underneath the telephone poles.
Another dirt road heading south leads to Mt. Davidson, passing some more communications equipment on the ridge. All-in-all, an ascent along the Spanish Ravine, hitting Ophir Hill, Mt. Davidson and descending the same way, you are looking at about a 4 mile hike with 1,770 feet of elevation gain.
As mentioned on the Ophir Hill main page, to reach the start of the route, head west from Main Street on Taylor Street. Taylor shortly becomes Stewart Street. After the name switch, turn left on Greg Street. The route begins about 50 feet north of the obvious parking area.
This is a really easy, quick hike. Bring plenty of water in the summer
as none is available. In the winter
, gaiters may be needed. The area can get enough snow to make postholing a pain but generally not enough to use snowshoes.
Otherwise, just use common sense as to what to bring.