To See What Is On The Other Side
Overview: No doubt you have a non hiker friend who, when you casually mention I've been up there with a gesture, when passing a mountain will undoubtedly ask why? Of course the answer being to see what is on the other side. If they have to ask they probably do not understand. This is one of those hikes. Located in the foothills of the Sierra, like all hikes in the foothills of the Sierra, everything is up or down. The trailhead is located in a housing subdivision and has parking for a dozen cars but no facilities. The trail climbs up the mountain with civilization never far away, passes over a saddle then descends into a hidden remote canyon offering a wilderness experience short enough to be back to civilization within two hours.
Hike: The hike starts across the road from where you park. It starts to gain elevation immediately but its moderate as this trail is mountain bike friendly as well. Continue straight when you come to a water supply tank on your left. Another water tank fenced in will signal the trail making a sharp switchback. You are near the saddle now which offers a nice vista of Washoe Valley. Down the other side of the saddle brings you to an intersection. This is where your lasso loop begins. You can accomplish it either way but for this description it is described in a clockwise fashion. Staying left the trail gives back the five hundred feet you gained to get over the saddle down to a creek bed. Springtime will have quite a flow due to melting snow. This is Brown's Creek and there is a foot bridge over it. About eighty percent of this trail has tree cover. Soon you come to another creek. It's a renegade creek that is unnamed and only flows in the spring time. There is also a footbridge over this creek. Soon you arrive at another renegade creek if hiking in the spring. The trail will not cross this creek but stay on the right bank as you start the five hundred foot gain back up to the saddle. Again the trail is moderate and soon you arrive at an intersection where you want to make a sharp right. The trail contours around the mountain a comes to another footbridge at Brown's Creek again. In another quarter mile you rejoin the original trail turning left to return the way you came.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.