Hiking Nevada’s County High Points
After the publication of Hiking Nevada's County High
Points, many changes occurred. Some of these items were new pieces of information, while others came about as
a result of nature or man-made improvements. Some of the most
important changes relate to Desatoya Peak, Charleston Peak, East Peak, NE Ridge of
Middle Sister, Mount Grant, and Star Peak.
Churchill County—Desatoya Peak
June 2015 - The extended rains from May and June of this
year caused significant erosion to the Edwards Creek Road. High clearance is strongly
recommended for the last 2.5 miles of the drive and 4WD may be needed at any time to reach Basque
On July 2, 2014, a wildfire began on Desatoya Peak probably
due to a lightning strike. The estimated size of the fire was 100-200 acres and was not far to the southwest of the
summit. The fire was contained shortly thereafter and the peak is once again hikeable from Basque
Summer 2010 - A few folks have reported driving about a 1/2 mile
beyond Basque Summit, to a point where the road becomes very steep and washed
Page 38 - At 4.0 miles
you pass over a cattle guard. The meadow here is to the left, not to the right.
Clark County—Charleston Peak
As of early August 2013, Charleston Peak has re-opened after the
Carpenter Fire. However, you can only access it via the North Loop trail, starting from either the Trail
Canyon or North Loop trailheads. All other routes (including the South Loop Trail) remain closed. [No change
to this status as of July 2015.]
Visit the Spring Mountains
National Recreation Area website for more information.
Summer 2012 - There is now a sign 20.3 miles up the Kyle Canyon
Road indicating “Trail Canyon” and “Mary Jane Falls”. After turning right here (onto Echo Road) and driving up the
road 0.4 miles, paved Echo Road veers right. Here on the left side of the road is the new Trail Canyon
Trailhead, a large graded parking lot with bathrooms. You can still drive up the road another 0.2 miles to the
original trailhead, however the new trailhead is much nicer and is preferred. There is also a new 0.2 mile
connector trail starting at the new trailhead. The new Trail Canyon Trailhead can also be utilized for the hike to
Mary Jane Falls.
Douglas County—East Peak
October 2012 - The Tahoe Rim Trail Association
has completed the "Kingsbury Bypass", two new segments in the Daggett Pass area (east of South Lake
Tahoe). As such, there is a new segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail which starts at the Stagecoach ski run parking lot.
The old trail starting here that went up the ski run for 200 feet has now been removed. Instead hikers should
follow the Tahoe Rim Trail for a 1/2 mile until they reach a trail junction. At this junction, turn right
(west), which is marked for Kingsbury North and the Van Sickle Trail. After hiking west for about 1/3 of a
mile, you'll encounter the well-used dirt
Here turn left and uphill on the dirt road, to
continue following the instructions on page 54 of Hiking Nevada's County High
There is a Heavenly Ski Resort ski
lift open from July 4th to Labor Day that transports people to within 1/2 mile of the summit of East
Elko County—Ruby Dome
If you are planning a trip to Ruby Dome, be sure to contact the Spring Creek Association to get
the latest update on access.
The urls for the Spring Creek Association
Spring Creek Association:
The elevation for Ruby Pyramid is 11,360’. This peak is sometimes
referred to as “Ruby Dome, East Peak.”
Esmeralda County—Boundary Peak
The Trail Canyon Road is in good shape and is usable for 2WD
The Queen Canyon Road is in rough shape due to recurring storm
damage so high clearance 4WD is recommended. Some 2WD vehicles may still be able to get to the Queen Mine
shaft at elevation 9000'.
The correct round trip gain for the hike from Queen Canyon Saddle
Trail Peak is sometimes referred to as “Trail Canyon Saddle
Eureka County—Diamond Peak
The “Dump” road in the town of Eureka now has different signage.
The sign for the dump now says “Dump Site”. The street sign at that corner says Reno Avenue and Country Road
Lyon County—Northeast Ridge of Middle
Fall 2013 - The south spur of the
Risue Road is now signed as "4205D". The north spur of the Risue Road and the main road are signed as "42050".
After driving another 3.0 miles west from the spur junction, turn left (southwest) onto the final segment, which is
now signed "4205E". The final 1.1 miles up 4205E was damaged in September 2013 by severe
thundershowers, and most hikers should just park at the start of it and walk the remaining distance to road's
end. High clearance 4WD may continue up the rocky and rutted road for 1.1 miles to the corral &
Mineral County—Mount Grant
Hiking access to Mount Grant has been restored! Check out the
April 23 blog entry for more details.
The 2015 Mount Grant 9/11 Memorial Challenge (hiker &
runner access day) took place on Saturday September 12, 2015, and was very successful with almost 100 people
attending. For more information on next year's event, please visit http://www.911challenge.org/.
Nye County—Mount Jefferson
Summer/Fall 2013 - Brush mitigation is occuring in Meadow Canyon.
Be sure to drive cautiously and watch for USFS vehicles and equipment.
The correct elevation for Mount Jefferson is
The sign “Jefferson Summit” at the turn 7.5 miles up the Meadow
Canyon Road is missing.
- There are "No Trespassing" signs in 3 locations along the connector road running from the
Frontage Road to Eldorado Canyon. These signs refer to the geothermal equipment and facilities to either side of
the road, not the road itself. Do not camp or park in this area, just pass on through.
Summer 2012 - There has been an increase in mining truck traffic
on the frontage road along Interstate 80. Drive cautiously and yield to larger or faster
Low clearance vehicles may want to stop at 5.9 miles, where
the approach road drops down into Eldorado Canyon. But most decent clearance vehicles can make it to the old mining
camp at 7.9 miles, assuming dry conditions.
There are reports that that the 4WD road above the old mining camp
is drivable for a mile or two beyond. High clearance is mandatory.
Storey County—Mount Davidson
February 2015 - The south approach to
Virginia City via NV SR 341 and NV SR 342 has been closed at Gold Hill due to a sinkhole. You can still take NV SR
341 north to the junction with 342, but from there you must stay on 341, which is a longer and more winding
As an alternate, one can also approach Virginia City from the east, from Dayton, via the
Sixmile Canyon Road (NV SR 79).
White Pine County—Wheeler Peak
The Wheeler Peak Trail is sometimes open for hiking by Memorial
Day, and is almost always open by late June. For more information and current conditions, check the
Great Basin National Park website.