Price Lake, NV • Hike

Price Lake, NV

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,173 feet
Elevation Gain 2,074 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,628 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 22.64
 Interest Perennial Creek
 Backpack Yes
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Routes 31
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Trips 25 map ( 193 miles )
Age 77 Male Gender
Location Reno, Nevada
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:22am - 5:59pm
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Picnic in the Shade B4 Returning
by AZClaimjumper

This is a hike up to Upper Price Lake that is well worth your time & effort. No bushwhacking required. Take a camera so you can record a variety of scenery. As usual, take a supply of water, nutrition, & gear in case Mother Nature changes the weather during your hike.
There is no water at the Trailhead & the nearest portajohn is 1/4 mile beyond the trailhead.

Ophir Creek Trailhead/Parking Co ords: N39° 18.311' W119° 50.015'
The first leg of your hike will be from the Trailhead up to Ophir Creek & is approximately 2.1 miles (6,085') which is a popular turn around/or & rest stop B4 proceeding on. Your accumulated elevation gain to this point is a little less than 1,000'. You have to walk through a 5' high gauntlet of big white rocks that is a narrow trail just B4 you arrive at Ophir Creek.

You'll have two rudimentary log crossings to get across Ophir Creek, both of which are stable (see photos). When you see Trail Sign 2007 you'll know you're on track. Shortly beyond the sign you'll start up a rock chute with water flowing down the chute so watch your step, this is all part of the fun & games. You'll hike 0.5 miles after crossing Ophir Creek to reach the bottom of the rock chute. You'll gain almost 500' from the bottom to the top of the rock chute. Look to your right, you'll see glimpses of the upper Slide part of Slide Mtn.

When you top out above the rock chute, you'll intersect with a trail junction (N39° 17.358' W119° 51.560'); one trail leads over to Rock Lake, the other trail leading up & Southwesterly to Price Lake. The trail is well-traveled/maintained & easy to stay on. From the trail junction/sign (6,624'elevation) you'll hike 1.5 miles & approximately 850' of accumulated elevation gain B4 coming to Upper Price Lake (see photos) where there are picnic tables & shade.

Turn left (N39° 17.556' W119° 52.409'), off the road & take the trail which parallels a ditch carrying water to Franktown. This trail is THE ONLY way to hike into Upper Price Lake.

I was absolutely in awe of the lake/mountain scenery (see photos). There are numerous places all along the entire hike for MEeee to filter water from sources into the water reservoir inside my backpack. No need to carry more than 16 oz anywhere along this hike if you have the equipment for filtering water from the nearby water sources.

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2019-10-31 AZClaimjumper
    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

    To hike
    Take Exit 50 off U.S. 395 to Davis Creek Campground & Park
    Park/Trailhead coordinates: N39° 18.311' W119° 50.015'. Put those coordinates into your GPS & it will give you turn by turn driving direction.
    page created by AZClaimjumper on Oct 31 2019 12:12 pm

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