Elephant Mountain gets its name because it looks like the top of a charging elephant's head--see photo above. It's pretty obvious when looked at from this angle at Leonard Creek Ranch or from nearly anywhere on the Pine Forest Range. It is a distinctive part of the desert skyline along with Pinto Mountain.
Having seen and loved the view of this mountain over the years, we decided to hike up it in early spring 2017. Views of the Black Rock Desert, Black Rock Range, Jackson Range and Pine Forest Range were outstanding!
Elephant Mountain is roughly 5,931 ft in elevation and is located in the Black Rock Desert Wilderness Area. It is actually the highest point in the Black Rock Desert Wilderness Area.
Mountain, valley, mountain, valley! The very makeup of the Basin and Range region. It’s so beautiful!
Bald Mountain (9,549 ft.) the high point in the Pine Grove Hills and the high point of Lyon County, Nevada. It is in one of Nevada’s newest Wilderness Areas, the Wovoka Wilderness.
Hiking above the Truckee cliffs on the cliff edge of the Sierra looking at Verdi Peak with the corridor of I-80 between us.
The Tobin Range is located in north central Nevada and, as is typical in the Basin and Range Region, runs north/south. The range is roughly 32 miles long. The tallest peak is Mount Tobin at 9,754 feet. There is a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) in the range which is 13,107 acres in size.
The 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, produced large fault scarps along the western side of the range. The fault scarps are quite obvious and impressive, once you know what to look for, in some areas there was up to 20 feet of vertical displacement.
I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Tobin Range in 2015. It's a gorgeous range, well worth a visit.
Here in northern Nevada today the weather is a bit frightful, which makes me dream of snow and the amazingly beautiful days that come with the white, fluffy, cold stuff once it's on the ground.
So, for today's photo Friday, I was reminded of the day pictured above. It was one of those amazing days. There was an inversion, all gray and socked in down in the city, but once you climbed up into the mountains the sun shown bright and it was a gorgeous day. The sun and inversion led to this awesome ghostbow also known as a fogbow--a white "rainbow," where the water droplets in the fog are too small to refract the amount of light necessary to create a normal, colorful rainbow, but refracts enough light to make a white fogbow..
Such a fun and wonderful sight to see!
It’s Nevada’s 153rd Birthday! Happy Birthday Nevada and Happy Nevada day to all!
Dogskin Mountain, despite not having the best name in my view, is a fantastic Reno area high desert hike accessed from near the end of the Winnemucca Ranch Road. Winnemucca Ranch Valley lies directly east of the little granite-topped peak and beyond the Virginia Mountains. On the day pictured here Coco and I climbed via McKissick Canyon, just beyond the ranch headquarters. You follow a road up and then a short cross country to the peak. On the way down just followed the ridge line.
We've mostly played out here in the winter. But one word of caution, in the lower canyon we once came across a bobcat trap set nearby the road. So be careful if you’re with furry friends!
There is a fantastic rock garden we visit as often as we can. Recently I’ve been going through old pictures and came across this one from one of our first visits there back in 2005.
Mount Rose is Reno, Nevada’s backyard mountain. It’s a hugely popular peak hike with great views of Lake Tahoe, Reno, Washoe Lake, and beyond!
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