Quail Ridge in Washoe Valley

“The mountains are calling and I must go…” – John Muir

This cloudy Friday afternoon I spent a couple hours and really explored a place I have only been to one other time… it’s a place I call Quail Ridge. Now this isn’t the real name of this trail, it has no real name, it is just what I call it. I found this trail just by seeing a mountain I thought I could find quail on to hunt back in December, so I drove until I was at the base of the mountain and began to hike.

To get to this trail head south towards Carson City, but do not take I-580, you take Old US 395 until you come to Eastlake Blvd. then turn left onto Eastlake and take this for about 1/4 mile then turn left onto Spicer St. ( you will be in a neighborhood of houses) Spicer then curves left into Dunbar Dr. then turn right onto Hickock, left onto Lord Dr., which curves right into E. Guffey Dr. this road ends and you will see the beginning of the trail. I’m telling you sometimes the best trails you find are the ones you come upon by accident. There are about 10 different trails so take your pick and each one will lead you to an amazing discovery.

This time, unlike my hike in December was much easier, as I was on a dirt trail and not trekking through two feet of snow. The trail is wide, and expect to get loads of sand in your boots because I sure did. As I continued to hike I came upon an old house frame? Mine shaft opening? WHO KNOWS?! It was so interesting I’d love you hear what you think it is in my comments BELOW. All I know is it is very old, and way back on a mountain in the middle of no where.

As I was walking away from these remains I noticed ( now don’t think i’m crazy for looking at poop but) an interesting type of animal poop on the ground I had not seen before. I took pictures and came home to find out it was bear scat… so there are bears in the area so be careful! For everyone’s sake I will not post a picture of the bear poo. You’re welcome.

Further into my hike I notice this huge, amazing rock formation and I called it, “God’s game of Tetris.” This rock seriously looked like it had beed placed together piece by piece, all fitting together perfectly to create something beautiful. It is definately worth checking it, and the pictures do not do it justice.

Needless to say, I had an amazing time hiking here today, with a beauiful view of the Sierra Mountain Range… you will not regret this hike.


What are you ideas on what that random structure is? Check out this hike it is so amazing! And as always follow me on Twitter! @RachelRoen

Until next time,
Happy Trails!


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