Sage Hill

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Remember in my last post where I said the best adventure is the one where you pick a mountain you want to explore and drive towards it? Well that is what I did today. There is this mountain on the southeast side of Reno, near the D on the mountain (the D made of white rocks for DAMONTE) and to the left of the D there is a huge rock crevasse and I have always wanted to hike to the top of this mountain, so today I just drove until I got there and hiked. It was beautiful! The red star in the image is where I ended up.
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That is the view of my hike from the base of the mountain. And you can see the huge crevasse in the mountain, well I hiked to the left of it all the way up to the top. It was an extreme physcial and mental challenge, but I feel like I just accomplished something HUGE!

To get to the base of the mountain you :
Exit I-580 at Damonte Ranch and head east, turn left onto Steamboat Pkwy, Right onto Rio Wrangler Pkwy, left onto McCauley Ranch Rd. (you will see Damonte Ranch High School on your right) continute and go arond the round about and turn off onto the horribly crumbled gravel road as far as you want or as far as your car will take you. From here you will see some trail that head up, I headed towards the left, and was able to get to the top of the mountain, but it was a steep, rocky, intense hike.

Driving up the mountain I saw about 60 wild horses roaming around right on the road, you could litterally reach out and pet them, but don’t! It was a beautiful sight, I have never seen so many of the wild horses in one spot. There are also a lot of people who come shooting up here, but everyone is nice and safe about it. To me, hearing a gun shots in the distance is comforting (is that creepy?)

Heading up the mountain the landscape is so barren and desolate, however there are a few cool rock structures to climb up on and get an amazing picture and really make you feel like you’re on top of the world. 33 It is so important to know you’re limits, especially when you head out on rock cliffs like I tend to do. It is so high up it is easy to slip on the crumbles of rock or get dizzy from the heigth; so know what your body can handle and if not just get a picture of the rock and photoshop yourself in later. 😉

Although these rocks are cool, the real reward comes once you have sweated and trekked for about 90 minutes and you finally reach the top, and you breath is taken away again.
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On the way down, you can take the trail, or if your ready for another challenge, freestyle it down the mountainside. 11 On a sidenote: this is very dangerous and even an expierenced hiker like myself can get injured doing this…and I did. On my way down this shale covered mountain I was on a pile of big boulders and jumped to the level below, and the rocks came tumbling after me. Luckily I was able to get out of the way, except my right ankle which was pinned under a rock. I just stayed calm, didn’t move, and carefully freed my foot, with no broken bones; just bruises, a sprain and swelling. God was watching over me.

Also on the way down I saw two eagles circling over me, which I though was interesting. Then all of the sudden one of them nose dived about 30 feet in front of me, and I thought it was going to swoop up Mason, but it flew into a nest in the rocks close by, I was very close to nest and they were just trying to protect it. The whole hike took about 3 hours, althoug I could of spent all day exploring these mountains. It was really to beautfiul for words to explain and is a sight you need to expierence yourself.
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What are you doing to get outside this weekend? If this trail is not to intense for you go DO IT!

Until next time,
Happy Trails!

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Rachel Roen


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