March 2016 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

March 5 (Saturday) 10:00 A.M.
Kyber's Meadow Snowshoe (Postponed due to weather)
. This outing is a fairly easy snowshoe to a large meadow that has several interesting historical artifacts, including a Basque sheep herder's oven that has been restored. Last year, we hiked, as there was no snow. This year, we expect El Nino will bring a more normal snowpack for this 4-5 mile trek with about 400 feet of gain overall. Bring lunch, layer clothing, and plenty of water. Please be familiar with how to snowshoe. Bad weather will cancel this snowshoe. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488). Co-Leader: Jim Call (freneticmarmot@gmail.com). Moderate.

March 6 (Sunday) TBD
Mississippi Canyon Exploratory Hike #2--Stillwater Mountains
. On the first exploratory trip we found a beautiful waterfall part way up the canyon with a small trickle of water. In March, nearing the end of an El Nino winter, it should be in full flow (unless it's still frozen). With cooler weather we intend to push further up the canyon and perhaps also up one of the peaks. Hikers should be prepared for up to 12 mi RT and 2000-3000' of elevation gain. Mississippi Canyon is at the NE end of the Stillwater Range in a remote part of Nevada that is still accessible as a day trip from the Reno area. It is part of the Stillwater Mountains Wilderness Study Area and we'll learn about its current prospects for becoming a Wilderness Area from Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Contact leader for further details. ND. Leader: Larry Dwyer (775-745-6628; kdwyer31@charter.net). Strenuous.

March 17 (Thursday) 8:00 A.M.
John C Two Enigma Day Hike
. Features associated with old mining operations. One-way hike of eight miles with a vehicle shuttle. 2,000 ft gain. Scenic views. Return paralleling Carson River. Hiking poles recommended; long steep descent on 'marbles'. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

March 19 (Saturday) TBD
Pah-Rum Peak (7608') Day Hike
. Pah-Rum Peak, with its expansive views of the Smoke Creek Desert to the northwest, the Black Rock Desert to the northeast and Pyramid Lake to the south, has become one of my favorite day hikes. The hike is about 6 mi RT with 2600' of elevation gain. Pah-Rum Peak is the high point in the Fox Range Wilderness Study Area and we'll learn more about its prospects for full Wilderness status from Friends of Nevada Wilderness. In this El Nino year we may also encounter a fair amount of snow--so as the time gets closer be sure to contact the leader for further details. ND. Leader: Larry Dwyer (775-745-6628; kdwyer31@charter.net). Moderately Strenuous.

March 23 (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: Ridge Walker. Co-Leader: Jeannie Kettler. Easy.

March 24 (Thursday) 8:00 A.M.
Two Ladies; Two Gents Day Hike
. Come and meet them; three peaks over 6,000 foot elevation; Rose & Kate Sutro, and the Grosch brothers. Near Virginia City. 1,000 ft gain; three mi in loop. Mostly off trail, some rock scrambling. An enigma. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

March 25-27 (Friday-Sunday) Call
Easter, Hot Springs, and Cold Nights
. Primitive Camping in the Black Rock. Call after 3/15 for actual meeting time and place! Ham Radio Operator? Bring your radio to use on the 2 area repeaters! We'll meet up in Reno on Friday evening and head up to the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles N. of Reno. We'll be camping at an undeveloped hot spring. We'll have a potluck Saturday night and be back in time for Easter dinner in town on Sunday! This hot spring has year-round access but the playa will probably be impassable. 4WD not needed. Sunday we'll probably visit a nearby art gallery or ???? Leader very familiar with the area. Primitive camping, bring all water and supplies, shovel for personal needs. Call about RV's/trailers, small ones may be OK! Temps appx 40's at night and 60's in the day but that's a guess! Bad weather cancels! Be prepared to pick up after and leash all dogs. Sign up after 3/15, signup deadline 3/23. DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

March 26 (Saturday) 9:00 A.M.
Pah Rah Petroglyph Hike
. This will be a 6+ mile hike to the petroglyphs with a little extra thrown in for exploring/looking for ancient art! Fairly steep in places, so moderately strenuous. Recommend sturdy hiking boots and poles. Also, be sure to dress in layers, bring plenty of water, and lunch. Call for meeting place. Snow or weather conditions may change location of hike. DOK. Leader: Connie Webb (772-4187). Co-Leader: Jeanne Kettler (843-9828). Moderately Strenuous.

March 31 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Get in shape after work with an evening conditioning hike of 4-6 miles at a brisk pace. Elevation gain up to 1000 ft. Discover trails and learn about nature and geology in and around the Truckee Meadows. More info at: Meet Up site .
DL. Leader: Ridge Walker Co-Leader: Jeannie Kettler Moderately Easy.