Red Mountains in Hidden Valley

Over the weekend I noticed something about the mountains in Southeast Reno. They seemed more red/orange in color to me. Maybe it was because the snow has finally started to melt, or maybe I have just never noticed it before. Regardless I felt the need to explore it.
It was at a trail I am familiar with near the Hidden Valley Regional Park which is best known, at least in my opinion, for its dog park.

It was a crystal clear afternoon, the sky was such a bright blue and with the contrasting orange mountain sand with bright green trees – it was a very colorful hike. (Which is sometimes rare in our desert region.)
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If you are going to the park, head towards the dog park and you will see parking. I usually spend a little time in the park but Mason prefers to roam the mountains with me. The trail begins if you head east of the parking lot and kind of to the right… It is easy to spot but hard to explain! This terrain can get a little tricky since it is mostly decomposed granite so it is slippery and unstable in a lot of places. One unique feature of this mountain is all the tree like bushes that are scattered along the hillside. The really only belong to this mountain, but I have seen quails scurrying through them and I feel like the trees would make a nice home for a mountain lion so I am always prepared.
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I have not fully explored this mountain and gone past where the trail ends but I want to one day when I don’t have to rush off to work. But this trail is great in the winter, which is when I discovered it, but looking for a new, closer dog park to bring Mason. In the winter the mountains on the east don’t get as much snow as the west so it makes them a little easier to explore.
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After about a strenuous 20 minute hike up a little knoll I was able to snap a great picture of the city of Reno below.
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Have you fully explored this mountain? Have you seen or heard of mountain lions in the area? I really feel like they would live here. Haha! Share you stories and experiences with me! @RachelRoen

Happy Trails!

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4 Responses to “Red Mountains in Hidden Valley”


  1. 1 drew April 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I can’t believe how colorful those mountains are!

  2. 3 Clayton Bussiere April 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Outstanding blog post! Great subject and love the media!


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