Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 21:24:03 -1000 From: KAULAROCK@aol.com Subject: Re: Hungry Mountain
Well, I finally did it!
Wanting to start the year off with a hike, I called the Reno chapter of the Sierra Club to reserve a spot on their scheduled New Year's day hike. (Meeting at the Nevada Historical Society building on the UNR campus around 10 AM allowed a leisurely early morning routine.)
There were 15 hikers and we car pooled into the hills northeast of Reno towards the Pyramid Lake area. It was a lovely day for the high desert. Probably about 40 degrees at the start (reaching 50+ by mid-afternoon). A deep blue sky was accented by the golden hues of the low winter sun. Deep shadows in the valleys added a wonderful depth perception. It was cloudless.
The hike begin at an altitude of 4,600 feet and we gained 1,000 feet as we trekked 3 miles into the mountains towards Hungry mountain. It was mostly ridge hiking and believe it or not, I was a pace setter. I raced ahead of the main group of hikers (with the permission of the leader...I felt like I was Paka! But you all know I'm just a middle of the packer!)
Wild mammals encountered during the hike included numerous jack rabbits, mule deer and two moto-cross riders who politely passed us on the trail.
At the summit we took an hour lunch break and I discovered that one of my fellow hikers was a Rosevelt High grad and local Reno head shrinker. Another hiker had just retired from the Army (and spent his last 6 years at CINCPAC).
The hike down was uneventful...but as the late afternoon sun fell, the mountains took on that red tint that makes the high desert sooo beautiful. (The sky retains it's deep blue.)
We reached the Nevada Historical Society parking lot by 3:30 PM and quickly dispersed.
(I personaly could have used a more challenging / longer hike, but did enjoy the friendly group and the incredible colors the high desert presents during the winter.)
P.S. Greg! Got time for a hike? I'll come to Sacto and get ya!