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Huffaker Mountain Trail, NV

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NV > Reno
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,477 feet
Elevation Gain 213 feet
Accumulated Gain 213 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.87
Interest Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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10  2008-09-03 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → 9 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  4:55am - 7:16pm
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Huff and Puff - Not
by AZLOT69

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Don't take the name too seriously. This hike is on more of a hill than a mountain. Its location is its attraction. An in town Reno city park, only minutes away from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and across from an industrial park makes for a quick workout with a view. The mountain is a volcanic vent and the hike gets you high enough above the surrounding homes and business... that you can enjoy the Reno skyline to the north, the Virginia mountains to the east, and the Sierras to the west and south. There are times where the hills completely block out the city but an occasional airplane will remind you civilization is near.

The hike starts from a typical city park with tennis courts, restrooms, green grass, and park benches. A small bridge crosses an agricultural flume which generally has water in it year round. The volcanic rock in front of you is full of colonies of California ground squirrels. The initial climb is a couple of switchbacks with interpretive signs along the way. Soon a Gazebo comes into view high on the hill ahead. There are several benches at various view points. There are two distinct peaks both of which you can make a side trip up to. If you are short on time you could also cut the loop in half by looping only one or the other peaks. There is a cutoff trail. The full loop continues to the south and levels off. Its not unusual to see joggers, mountain bikes, and dog walkers also using the trail. Wildflowers are common throughout the summer even though rainfall is non existent. The trail has only minor changes in elevation from this point as it passes barb wired fencing and rock drift fences from an earlier era. Suddenly the hike is over, oh what the heck do it again in reverse. The view is completely different.

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2008-09-03 AZLOT69
    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.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    Only minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Take US 395 south from Reno 11 miles south of I-80 to South Meadows exit. 1 mile east to Double R Blvd turn north. 1 Mile north to Prototype Dr. turn west. 1 mile west to Gateway turn right. 1 mile to Offenhauser turn right. 1 mile to park at Offenhauser and Craigmont.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Sep 03 2008 2:47 pm
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