March 2014 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

March 8 (Saturday) 9:30 a.m.
Virginia Mountains Desert Dayhike
. This outing is one of our favorite locations for hiking in the desert north of Reno. Trip will be about 6-7 miles roundtrip and elevation may vary from 500 to 1,200 feet depending on weather conditions. Learn about rock formations, flora, and fauna we observe. Bring clothing for conditions, plenty of water, and lunch. Plan on being back around 3:00 p.m. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488; Co-Leader: James Call (420-6363). Moderate.

March 13 (Thursday) 6:30 p.m.
Monthly Program Meeting at Bartley Ranch
. Our guest speaker is Janet Carl from the Mono Lake area. 6:30-7:00 Social; program starts at 7:00 p.m. Check Caron's article for more information. ND. Leader: Holly Coughlin ( Easy.

March 15 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
John C. Two Enigma Dayhike
. Discover some history of the area as we visit two features associated with old mining operations. One-way hike of about 8 miles and elevation gain of 2,000 feet for the day. Scenic views. Return paralleling part of the Carson River. Hiking poles recommended for the long, steep descent on marbles. Vehicle shuttle will be necessary. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

March 16 (Sunday) 1:00 p.m.
Eve of St. Patrick's Day
. We'll hope to see some spring greenery as we walk a loop in west Reno which includes along the Truckee River. Review of St. Patrick's holiday history. Let's check out what is waking up in nature for the new season. Walk followed by dinner at local restaurant. DL. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; Easy.

March 19 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Spring Fling River Walk
. Welcome Spring with our first evening conditioning hike. After work, along the Truckee River Walk. Easy hike of about 4 miles, and 50 feet elevation gain. Opportunity to see early-blooming cottonwoods, hawks, falcons, and other wildlife; and learn about the riparian environment. Meeting at Rock Park in Sparks.
Directions: From I-80, exit on Rock Blvd, and turn south. In about 1/2 mile, just past Greg Blvd., turn right at the entrance to Rock Park. (Next to the Rivers Edge RV Park, and before you cross the Truckee River.)
More info at: Meet Up site
DL. Leader: River Walker Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome Easy.

March 22 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Two Ladies and Two Gents Dayhike
. Come meet them, three peaks in the 6,000 foot range. Rose, Kate, and the Grosch Brothers near Virginia City. Hike is about 3 miles and 1,000 feet of gain in a loop. Mostly off trail, with some rock scrambling. Of course, there's the enigma. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

March 29 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Gloria's Peak
. Great hike in memory of a dear outing's leader. We'll hike in the Pah Rah range mainly cross-country for about 6 plus miles with an elevation gain around 1500. Great views of Pyramid lake since the start of the hike. We will walk through beautiful rock formations. We might encounter some snow which will make the hike more beautiful. Strenous hike because of terrain. ND. Leader: lucrecia Belancio (775-410-1085; Co-Leader: Dale Mericle ( Moderately Strenuous.

March 29 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
Hole in the Wall Day hike
. An easier hike near Reno. The trail is 5 miles long RT and 500 feet gain. We will have great views of Reno and likely see magpies. We will discuss erosion and wildlife in the area. The trail is mainly hard dirt surface with a few sandy areas. Please bring plenty of water and wear hiking shoes. There are some picnic tables nearby to enjoy a snack after the hike. Dogs welcome on a leash, this is a popular dog walking trail. Meet behind the Patagonia Outlet near the river. Call for details. DOK. Leader: Bill Myatt (775-233-3186; Co-Leader: Gail Myatt (775-750-1293; Moderately Easy.

March 29 (Saturday)
Would you be Lost Without a Leader?
. Would you be lost without a leader? This Reno class will show you how to use a compass, orient a map, find your location on a contour map, and explain all those little squiggly symbols! About 1/2 day class & hike! We'll do the "classroom" portion on a class in the parking lot and then take an easy hike (about 1/2 mile, to the top of Rattlesnake Mountain) to put it into practice. We'll briefly touch on GPS but this is not a GPS class! Map and compass is the foundation under the GPS! Leader is a long-time hiker, backpacker, and Search and Rescue member. Sign up 3/15-3/28! DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.