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Nevada Hiking Trail Finder
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative Nevada hiking websites. Private hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on Nevada hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- American Discovery Trail The trail in Nevada is composed of nine segments totalling 496 miles, largely on isolated, relatively unused dirt roads, crossing 14 mountain ranges. (yikes) "Official" site with mileages, descriptions, maps, etc.
- Bunker Hill Bunker "Hill" is 11,474' peak in the vicinity of Kingston Canyon, with large, obvious cirques on its eastern, southern and northern flanks. This is a real enjoyable and informative narrative on the peakbagger website.
- Cathedral Gorge State site provides basic information on a half-dozen popular hiking trails; link to main page provides further information and rudimentary map.
- Cathedral Rock Spring Mountains National Recreation Area site. Directions, description, suggestions, elevation info; site by US Forest Service.
- Mt. Charleston Area/Spring Mountain Range National Recreation Area site, links to descriptions and info on a dozen key trails. Site by US Forest Service.
- Mt. Charleston nice trip narrative ascending via the Trail Canyon and North Loop Trails and descending via the South Loop Trail, also bagging Griffith Peak. Interesting report by Ken Akerman.
- General Nevada hiking page from trailmonkey.com which is an excellent website, but a bit tedious to navigate, so this link takes you directly to Nevada. On this page, the trailmonkey has a excellent listing and descriptions of trails for Death Valley NP, Tahoe area, Great Basin NP. Downloadable maps too. Great site.
- Great Basin National Park NPS "hiking" page gives distances, elevations, and brief descriptions for a dozen of the most popular trails, ranging from .3 mile nature loops to the 13 mi. Baker Lake Loop. Decent starting point for Great Basin NP.
- High Rock Canyon and Black Rock Desert A Wander through Northwest Nevada on the Great Basin Guides website, by the Wallers of Verdi NV. Quite a few essays, fun site from a llama trekking outfitter.
- Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest This is one of those US Forest Service sites that is actually quite useful. Links to pages with all the details, good directions, some maps, all sorts of stuff. Good site includes Jarbidge Hiking Trails (Camp Creek Trail, Camp Draw Trail, Cougar Creek Trail, East Fork of Jarbidge River Trail, Fall Creek Trail, Gods Pocket Peak Trail, Jarbidge River Trail, Marys River Basin Trail, Slide Creek Trail, Three Day Creek Trail) Hoover Wilderness Trails; Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Trails (Bristlecone Trail, Cathedral Rock Trail, Fletcher Canyon, Griffith Peak, Mary Jane Falls, Mummy Springs, North & South Loop, Robber's Roost, Trail Canyon) Tonopah Ranger District Hiking Trails (Alta Toquima Trails, Arc Dome Trails, Table Mountain Trails). Huzzah to the webmaster!
- Lake Tahoe Here's a great hiking resource on the AboutLakeTahoe.com site run by Courtland Brock. It's a fairly complete roster of key hikes in the Tahoe area, clickable to trail stats & descriptions, as well as some outstanding photos. Used to have this on a sister site, called TahoeWeddings.com which has nauseating photos of cuter-than-cute newlyweds, and it was fun to pick on him. Even has a wedding ring in place of the letter "o" in Tahoe. If you want the hiking site, again, click here. I can personally tell you that the hiking site is great. Now I just KNOW that you're gonna go to that wedding site and say "awww, isn't that romantic..." Bah.
- Lake Tahoe Area general guide to short hikes, 10 to be exact. Gives locations, distances, general descriptions of the most popular day hikes in the Tahoe area. Good site by "Tahoesbest" Gossamer Computer Services, LLC.
- Lake Tahoe (see also "Tahoe" below)
- Lexington Arch Trail National Park Service site; directions, tips, info, and an excellent background article on this awesome arch.
- Red Rock Canyon (Las Vegas area) popular hiking destination not far from the city, like Valley of Fire it is known for weirdly eroded red rock sandstone. Red Rock Canyon is a bit more diverse; the trails are explained briefly on this page -- then click elsewhere on the site for mucho in-depth info. On the actively maintained RedRockCanyonLV.org site.
- Ruby Mountains Area excellent personal webpage by Bill Hoffman with information, directions, photos for a dozen trails in Rubies, including in-depth info on Ruby Crest Trail, and a great page on a Krenke Creek to Lamoille Canyon backpacking trip.
- Ruby Mountains Area Alright, I can't decide which Ruby Mountains site is better; this one (called rubymountains.net) is by Elko native George Sheaks and is comparable to the one above for outstanding info and photos. So, I have to say that you ought to check out both sites. Here's some introductory info on the Ruby Mountains from George's site: Rock climbers using ropes and pitons have been observed dangling from shear cliffs in Lamoille Canyon, but the entire area is primarily a hiker's paradise. Most hikes would be considered moderate in difficulty, requiring only average hiking ability, and the main consideration might be just how far do you want to go. The classic hike over Liberty Pass is on a well maintained trail and is easier than many of the other hikes. The real difficulty comes in where there are no trails and you may be climbing rather than hiking. The site then provides all the information necessary to plan trip to this northern Nevada area. Explicit directions are furnished for locating the trailheads to the various lakes, and comments are made on fishing conditions for most of the lakes.
- Tahoe Rim Trail 150 mile trail through national forest, wilderness, and state park lands, the trail crosses thick conifer forests and wildflower-filled meadows, aspen-bordered creeks, and skirts the shores of crystalline lakes. The TRT was built to accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, and to showcase breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, California's High Sierra, and the Great Basin of western Nevada. "Official" site with all sorts of information.
- Truckee Meadows HikeTruckeeMeadows.info website by Michael Drum has a treasure trove of links, details, info & etc. for this Reno/Sparks area hiking destination. Well done site.
- Valley of Fire State site provides rudimentary information on trails and sights at this popular red rock location.
Valley of Fire, mentioned just above, is certainly one of the best state parks in the USA. It's a "don't miss" if you visit Las Vegas. If you've ever seen Viva! Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Ann Margret, you might recall some spectacular footage during the racing scenes. (I admit that Ann Margret's dance scenes are arguably more exciting, let's be honest here).
Anyway, Valley of Fire might be Nevada's best-kept secret...it and a few others are described in fine detail in
Hiking Southern Nevada by Branch Whitney, available at discount on Amazon.com. As for Nevada's other huge tourist area, I suggest The Tahoe Sierra: A Natural History Guide to 112 Hikes in the Northern Sierra by Jeffrey P. Schaffer, the ultimate Tahoe area hiking guide. Not to be overlooked is
Best Easy Day Hikes Death Valley
in the FalconGuide Series, by Bill Cunningham & Polly Burke. These links to Amazon will save you a few bucks off the price you'd pay at a regular store, and as always, I recommend you consider a used copy to save a few dollars. The words won't generally "wear out" from overuse.
-- Rick Bolger
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