By Renee Aldrich
I love the area we live in, Nevada, it is great in so many ways, one way is that it is the most mountainous of all the states in the U.S., containing over 300 mountain ranges. Dan and I love playing in these ranges and, on occasion, climbing their peaks. We don't consider ourselves "peak baggers" even though we enjoy climbing peaks. our propensity is to explore. We go there, to the mountains, for so many reasons, much more so than simply making the peaks. Sometimes, when we don't make the peak, we really enjoy the chance to explore and learn about the area we are in.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to climb two very unique peaks within a few days of each other. The peaks are very different, one is in the Carson Range on the edge of the Sierra Mountains and one is in the Lake Range east of Pyramid Lake. One has a well kept trail with many daily visitors, the other has no trail and likely only sees a handful of visitors a year. One, you hike through lush meadows with a waterfall and, during the right time of year, wildflowers galore. The other, there's very little water and was recently burned over so badly it was like hiking on Mars--it's no wonder they call an area moonscaped once it has been burned so hard that there is very little left but black ground and barely a stump to be seen.
Both of these mountains are beautiful in their own way and are great examples of the broad spectrum of landscapes Nevada has to offer.
Tohakum, Lake Range:
Tohakum is the tallest of the peaks in the Lake Range at 8,182 feet. It's a desert peak, which makes spring or fall the best time of year to hike this peak. The hike has great views of Winnemucca Lake and the Selenite Range to the east and once you're up on the ridge you have great views of Pyramid Lake and the Virginia Mountains to the West.
Below are thumbnails of the pictures in a gallery click on the picture to see it at it's full size, then you can scroll through the photos.
Mount Rose: Carson Range
Mount Rose is the 2nd tallest mountain in the Tahoe Basin at 10,776 ft. It is a very popular hike attracting many hikers. It's a great hike throughout the year. hiking spring summer and fall and snowshoeing in winter. From the peak you have great 360 degree views. With views of Lake Tahoe, Jobs Peak, Freel Peak, Jobs Sister, Mount Tallac, Lassen, Bocca and Stampede Reservoirs and so much more!
Enjoy the slideshow!
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