February 2011 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

February 5 (Saturday) 9:00-4:00 p.m.
Sagehen Creek Snowshoe
. This is a very scenic trip in which we will wind by Sagehen Creek to Stampede Lake. Outing is about 7 miles RT and has 500 feet of gain. We will have lunch overlooking Stampede Lake. Observe animal tracks in the snow. Bad weather will cancel. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Mike Sullens (331-7488). Moderate.

February 7 (Monday) 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Ex Com Meeting
. Join us for discussion of local issues, planning for upcoming events and topics pertinent to the group. Call for meeting place and directions. ND. Leader: Cathy Schmidt (323-6316; cathsch256@aol.com). Easy.

February 10 (Thursday) 7:00 PM
Great Basin Institute---GBG 2nd Thursday Program
. Thursday evening 2-10-2010---Great Basin Institute. Chris Warner of the G.B.I. will give a presentation on the wonderful work the Great Basin Institute is doing in Nevada. The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs. They run the Nevada Conservation Corps. Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada 7PM Social 7:30PM Program 605 Washington St. Reno NV 89503 (Right next to 80 on Washington St.--ample lighted parking) ND. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; graham@grahamstafford.com). Easy.

February 12 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Beginner's Snowshoe
. Snowshoe for beginners. Close in, place depends on snow conditions. 3 to 4 miles, easy pace. Will practice steep ups and downs. Will discuss flora and fauna in winter conditions. Trip limit 10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775-233-6404; myoki@att.net). Co-Leader: Chuck Oliveira (775-786-2988). Moderately Easy.

February 12 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Hike Lahontan Shoreline
. Lahontan Reservoir near Silver Springs. Lincoln's Birthday Day hike of the shoreline. Enjoy the silence and stark beauty of this area. About five miles total on an in-and-out hike along the ‘beach’. View some Tufa formations. An optional extension after lunch is to scale the ridges there. $1 per person CASH fee for the State Park. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Easy.

February 13 (Sunday) 8:30AM
Relay Ridge Saddle Snowshoe
. Snowshoeing along the southeasterly flanks of Tamarack Peak, we'll follow the old service road past the Mt Rose junction. The road gets steeper here. We'll traverse upward to reach Relay Ridge's saddle at 10,000 ft. altitude, with its sudden and spectacular vista across northern California. We'll return cross-country through forest and meadow until we find the road again to finish our outing. About 10 miles RT, 1300 ft total ascent. DOK. Leader: Riccardo B. (775-345-2770). Co-Leader: Lucrecia Belancio ( 775-851-9279). Moderate.

February 19 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Rawe Peak Dayhike
. Rawe Peak at 8,343 elevation is at the north end of the Pine Nut Mountains; near Dayton. About 8 miles total on an in and out and over 2,430 feet of gain for the day. High clearance 4 wheel drive vehicles needed, or ride share. Mostly off trail. Rocky, downed trees, and THICK Mountain Mahogany. Steep hand over hand climb to summit. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Strenuous.

February 20 (Sunday) 8:30 a.m.
Martis Peak Snowshoe
. We’ll start the trek at Hwy 267, just below Brockway Summit, and climb about 2,000 ft. to the Martis Peak fire lookout where we’ll have lunch before heading back down. We’ll have awesome views of the valley below, in addition to Boca and Stampede Reservoirs. Round trip will be about 9—10 miles. Recommended for experienced snowshoers only! DOK. Leader: Bill Myatt (775-233-3186; lovethesierras@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Gail Montes (928-301-5977; montesg2@wnc.edu). Strenuous.

February 20 (Sunday) 9:30 a.m.
Prison Hill
. We'll climb Prison Hill from Silver Saddle Ranch, then head south along the ridge line. We'll drop down the south end of Prison Hill and circle around to the Mexican Dam for lunch. We'll then return to the cars. 5 1/2 miles RT with an 1100' gain. This was my New Year's Day Hike that had to be canceled for snow. For those coming from Reno: south on 395 (stay on the freeway in Carson City to the end) exit Fairview left. Follow Fairview to the roundabout on 5th Street. Turn right on 5th Street and then right on Carson River Road. When the road turns to the left you'll see the sign for Silver Saddle Ranch. Go through the gates and take the second left and park on the right. DOK. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Moderately Easy.

February 26 (Saturday) 7:30 a.m.
Birding in the Carson Valley
. Join us for a day of birding in the Carson Valley (44 miles south of Reno). We will car shuttle to several locations and view the eagles that come to the valleys during this agricultural event. Bring warm clothes, blankets, chairs, binoculars, birding books, and your patience to get the perfect picture. Basque food is an option for lunch ($25 per person for family style). Limit of 12 for the group. ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (775-530-1566; summitatempter@yahoo.com). Moderate.

February 26 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
V & T Gold Hill
. Virginia & Truckee Railroad bed between Gold Hill and Moundhouse. About 8 miles, downhill, with some off trail. Learn some history of the area and learn about railroads. A vehicle shuttle will be necessary. Snow on the route may cancel. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

February 27 (Sunday) 1:00 p.m.
Northwest Reno Canyon Walk
. This afternoon jaunt will take place in the Chalk Creek drainage of northwest Nevada. Learn how Reno has preserved some open areas of mostly high slopes throughout this drainage and how some restoration work has progressed. Hike starts at 1 PM and will be approximately 3-4 miles, with optional final stop at local coffee house. Children welcome. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

February 27 (Sunday) 8:00 a.m.
Pyramid Ramble
. A hike to a little known area of the North East corner of Pyramid Lake. Scenic canyons, great rock formations, and beautiful views of the Virgina Mountains. 8-10 miles. A back-up hike is planned for the Nightengale Mining area, north east of Nixon in case the roads are too muddy for the Pyramid hike DOK. Leader: Pat Kleames (359-5089; patkleames@charter.net). Co-Leader: Karen Todd (kmtodd@gmail.com). Moderately Strenuous.