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Ranch Campground Trail, NV

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,876 feet
Elevation Gain 286 feet
Accumulated Gain 440 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.62
Interest Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
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7  2013-10-06 autumnstars
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Routes 19
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Trips 1,391 map ( 11,424 miles )
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Location Las Vegas, NV
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Preferred Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  4:53am - 6:28pm
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cliff-top views
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This trail circumnavigates an interesting volcanic outcropping above the marsh-filled valley below. Good views to the valley, fun scampering among the rock formations, and several springs.

The story goes that this area was named Spring Valley by the Mormon pioneers after they counted 125+ springs in a single day. Several families settled here and began farming. With the long winters and saturated soil in the valley bottom, however, only very hardy crops survived. The families ended up making money by cutting ice blocks from the marsh and selling them in the booming mining town of Pioche. One of the original stone cabins has been restored quite nicely, and is occasionally open to visitors.

With so much water around, people have been living in the area since at least 5500 BCE. Flakes and intact points, pottery, and pit houses have all been found in the immediate area, but have not been studied much.

The trail starts out by heading up a minor rocky draw to gain the pinon and juniper covered ridge. The trail then travels gently up and down, generally heading the washes. Soon, the trail heads into the rocks, weaving around a giant outcropping and eventually breaking out to cliff-top views of the valley. More great rock formations, and then the trail drops along the perennial flow from a spring to a historic stone cabin. The trail ends at the cabin. You can either return the way you came or walk back along the road.

Water Sources
Several springs, but this is a short hike, so just bring a reasonable supply with you.

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2013-10-09 autumnstars

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$
    Permits are purchased upon entry to individual parks at a standard entrance fee of $7 to $12 per day with a $2.00 discount to Nevada residents. more info

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Las Vegas, drive north on US-93 for approximately 180 miles to Pioche. When you reach Pioche, turn east (right) on NV-322. Drive 18 miles, and the road enters Spring Valley State Park. At the dam the road turns to gravel. Drive past the reservoir and then past the ranger station (a historic ranch) and turn down the road to the Ranch Campground. Trail head is at the very end of the campground loop, with space for 2-3 vehicles to park.
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