October 2013 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

October 2 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Conditioning Hike
. Join us on this after-work outing to get or stay in shape and learn about trails in our local area. Call hike hot-line for details. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Co-Leader: Jim Call (473-1445). Moderate.

October 4-6 (Friday-Sunday) CALL
Last Hot Springs Trip of the Season
. It's Fall, the crowds and weather are tapering and cooling off, so it's a great time to visit the Black Rock. The new moon is on Saturday, so expect great stars. We'll probably meet up Friday night and head up, camping Friday at a spring near Gerlach and then re-locating to a more remote spring for Saturday. Leader is very familiar with the area! We'll most likely have a potluck Saturday night. If you bring a dog, be prepared to pick up after it and keep it on leash. No RV's or Trailers. DOK. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

October 5-6 (Saturday-Sunday) 4:00 p.m.
Dark Skies Appreciation Overnight
. We will travel to Kumiva Valley northeast of Pyramid Lake to stargaze on a new moon night from Blue Wing Playa. Kumiva Valley is one of the darkest valleys in the overall dark northwest corner of Nevada. Recommended reading is "The End of Night" by Paul Bogard. Find out why dark sky is one of our most crucial environmental losses and what we can do about it. Optional peak bag the next day to Blue Wing Peak. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Co-Leader: Jim Call (420-6363). Moderately Easy.

October 19 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Buckland Station Dayhike
. Buckland Station is south of Silver Springs. This nearly 10 mile loop hike, on flat ground, will start at historic Buckland Station. We will proceed downstream along the Carson River enjoying the riparian habitat and Fall leaves. Return will be on a segment of the Pony Express Trail route. Learn some history of the area. $1 per person State Park walk-in fee. Option to tour the remains of Fort Churchill on your own after the hike. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

October 20 (Sunday) 8:00 a.m.
Babbitt Peak Dayhike
. Hike from Stampede Lake to 8760' Babbitt Peak and view the fall colors, forests, mountains, and meadows along the way. Babbitt Peak is the site of a classic fire lookout tower. The distance is roughly 12 miles RT with a gradual 3,000 feet of elevation gain. We will hike on good trails and roads, with a bit of cross-country. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Moderately Strenuous.

October 20 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m.
Spooner Summit Fall Colors Hike
. We will be Hiking through the aspen groves around Spooner Summit. We will either head north toward Marlette Lake, or south along the TRT, depending on weather/trail conditions. Expect to see turning trees and busy squirrels and Clark's Nutcrackers preparing for the winter. Ten miles round trip with up to 1500' elevation gain. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055). Co-Leader: Karen Todd (225-2805). Moderate.

October 25 (Friday) 8:30 a.m.
Nevada Day Hike
. Come celebrate our State and ourselves making in through one more year with the traditional peak bag of our local landmark, Peavine Mt. at 8,300 feet. We will try to find a good route up the "backside". Ten miles, 3,300 feet of elevation gain. Expect to learn a lot about the diverse habitats we will be climbing through, and if we are lucky, see some of the migrating mule deer. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055). Co-Leader: Holly Coughlin; David von Seggern (331-7488; 303-8461). Moderately Strenuous.

October 26 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
El Dorado Canyon Dayhike
. El Dorado Canyon is near Dayton. This day hike is 12 miles RT with under 600 feet of gain. Riparian habitat with many crossing of small stream. Lunch at the natural arch. Also a small slot canyon to view on the way out. Learn some history of the area. High clearance vehicle needed or ride share. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.