2009 Field Trips

  • Tahoe Meadows (Washoe Co.), August 8. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. Meet for breakfast at 8:30 am at Tamarack Junction Casino at 13101 S. Virginia St. (from highway 395 take Damonte Ranch Parkway exit west, then south on S. Virginia St.). Coffee Shop is on the right just after the entrance. If not breakfasting join the group by 9:30 am. If coming from the south meet at 8:00 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Final meeting place at 10:00 am at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead on southeast side of Mt. Rose Highway west of the road summit. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Mount Lola (Nevada Co., CA), July 26 (Sunday). First meeting place - at the McDonald’s on southwest corner of West McCarran and Mae Anne just north of Interstate 80 at 8:00 am. Second meeting place - On State Route 89 at the exit from Interstate 80 towards Loyalton at 9:00 am. Third meeting place - At the rest area at the junction of State Route 89 and Henness Pass Road at 9:30 am. Bring raingear, food, water, and insect repellent (Note: I have led two trips in the past to Mount Lola and both times we have had violent thunderstorms or hail). Standard vehicles permitted. Leader Gary Monroe 775-359-4863.
    • Slide Mountain (Washoe Co.), July 18. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. Meet for breakfast at 8:30 am at Tamarack Junction Casino at 13101 S. Virginia St. (from highway 395 take Damonte Ranch Parkway exit west, then south on S. Virginia St.). Coffee Shop is on the right just after the entrance. If not breakfasting join the group by 9:30 am. If coming from the south meet at 8:00 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Final meeting place at 10:00 am at the back end of Mt. Rose Campground at the summit of Mt. Rose Highway (431). We will walk a narrow ascending road for approximately 1 mile. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Prison Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch (Carson City), July 1 (Wednesday). Meet for breakfast in Carson City at 8:00 am at Denny’s on the NE side of Hot Springs Road and Carson St. (From Reno take exit 43). To car pool from Reno meet at the Pink Scolari’s at Southwest Pavilion, 8165 S. Virginia St. If coming for breakfast depart Reno at 7:20 am, if just coming for the field trip depart Reno at 8:20 am. Departure from Denny’s will be 9:00 am. Leader Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.
    • Dog Valley north of Verdi (Sierra Co., CA), June 20. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. If coming from the south gather in Carson City at 7:45 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Reno meeting at 8:30 am at the McDonald’s at Mae Anne and North McCarran. Final meeting at 9:00 am in downtown Verdi, SR 425 and Dog Valley Road. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Spooner Lake (Douglas Co.), June 13. Meet for breakfast in Carson City at Carson Station Hotel Casino (900 S. Carson Street on the west side of Carson Street/Highway 395) at 8:00 am. You can park in Carson Station’s parking lots between 10th & 11th Streets or on the west side of Curry Street (one block west of Carson Street/Rte 395). Those not joining the group for breakfast should meet at the Spooner Lake parking lot at 9:30 am. Mention you are with the wildflower walk and your park entrance fee will be waived. Leader Ann Pinzl 775-883-0463.
    • Spring Mountains (Clark Co.), June 13. Meet at 7:00 am at the Kyle Canyon turnoff on Hwy 95. The trip will head up the mountain in search of wildflowers. For more info, contact DeVon Ekenstam 702-378-0624 or ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com. Frenchman's Lake & Ferris Swamp (Plumas Co., CA), June 7 (Sunday - changed from newsletter!). Meet at the Frosty in Chilcoot California on the north side of highway 70. This is west from Hallelujah Junction on highway 395. Leaders Bill & Nancy Harnach 530-994-3464.
    • East side of Diamond Range (Plumas Co., CA) and Red Rocks (Washoe Co.), May 30. Meet at 8:00 am just north of US 395 at the Red Rock Road exit, in the cul-de-sac just south of the Shell Station on the west side of Red Rock Road. Leader John Dyer 775-677-2714.
    • Pine Nut Mountains, Sunrise Pass (Douglas Co.), May 16. Meet for breakfast at 8:00 am at Denny's in Carson City on the NE corner of Hot Springs Road and Carson Street (this is US 395 business route, take exit 43 if coming from Reno). To car pool from Reno meet at the pink Scolari's in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia St. If coming for breakfast depart at 7:20 am, if tripping but not breakfasting depart at 8:20 am. Departure from Denny's will be at 9:00 am. Leaders Dr. Robin Tausch 775-784-5329 (USFS) and Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.
    • North Valleys Sagebrush Ramble (Washoe Co.), May 6 (Wednesday). Meet at 8:45 am. Place to be determined. Call the leaders Connie Douglas 775-425-1305 & Bonnie Larsen 775-972-0583 for the meeting place.
    • Gold Butte (Clark Co.), April 25. Meet DeVon at Whitney Pockets on Friday evening (any time) or on Saturday morning at ±8:00 am. DeVon will be in a black Ford Ranger parked just off the road at Whitney pockets. We will begin in the area around Whitney Pockets and go from there when everyone arrives. If there is enough interest, the field trip could be extended to the 26th. Please call ahead if you are planning to attend so we will know who to expect and when, and so you can get directions, if needed. Call DeVon Ekenstam at 702-378-0624 or e-mail to ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com. This is a combined field trip with the Friends of Gold Butte. There is plenty of lodging in Mesquite, NV if you do not want to stay overnight.
    • CANCELED!! Truckee River Canyon (Washoe/Storey counties), April 25. Meet at 8:00 am at 780 Vista Blvd., SW corner of Vista and Prater Way in Sparks (AMEC Engineering parking lot). High clearance vehicles recommended. Leader John Dyer 775-677-2714.
    • First Creek (Clark Co.), April 18. Join DeVon at 7:30am at the First Creek trailhead parking off of Hwy 159 (just north of Spring Mtn Ranch State Park). This is a great hike and hopefully the waterfall is still flowing good. Contact DeVon Ekenstam at 702-378-0624 or e-mail to ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com.
    • Highland Range and/or Nelson area (Clark Co.), April 4. Meet at 8 am at the Railroad Pass Casino parking lot. We will explore the area around the Highland Range (west side of US 95 south of the Nelson Road turnoff). If not much is blooming, we can take the road to Nelson and see what is blooming closer to the lake. For more information, contact Matt Hamilton at 702-468-2251 or mojave0827 [at] aol [dot] com.