Peavine Prospector Run

Total Miles
11.7

Elevation

2,392.48 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Spectacular views of Reno abound from high above on this trail that traverses historic Peavine Mountain. In stark contrast to the urban hustle and bustle of Reno, Peavine showcases the desolate beauty of the harsh high desert that defines much of Nevada. Standing as the City of Reno's northwest boundary, Peavine Mountain is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Washoe County, NV. The huge area and numerous trails foster the feeling of solitude but keep alert for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and fellow OHV-ers since the mixed-use recreational area's easy accessibility makes it a popular spot for locals and visitors to enjoy. This trail generally runs east-west, traversing a diverse variety of landscapes and terrain. Peavine Prospector Run is a generally easy route with a few short sections that are moderately technical. Trail characteristics and surfaces change quickly and often. It is common to find wide dirt roads, silty washes, and tight, very rocky grades all within a mile. All very steep grades have an easier switchback option within sight. A few sandy, off-camber sections and spans with whoops and deep ruts offer a break in the generally rocky dirt trail. Peavine Prospector Run is crisscrossed with side trails and other routes to explore and enjoy the area's naturally rugged beauty. Just use caution, as there are some very difficult trails with features that can come up suddenly. While open year-round, snow may make this route impassable, and rain/runoff will significantly increase the difficulty of the trail.

Photos of Peavine Prospector Run

Peavine Prospector Run
Peavine Prospector Run
Peavine Prospector Run

Difficulty

While generally easy, the rocky trail has sections that have bigger, uneven ruts and some steep up and downs on both rocky hard-pack and looser, traction challenging mixed surface. Most stock vehicles would find clearance issues in at least a couple spots, but this trail is fun and well suited for off-road specific vehicles and high clearance 4x4's.Snow in winter can make this trail impassable. Rain and spring snowmelt runoff, can make this trail much more difficult.

History

Peavine Mountain has always stood as the backdrop for Reno, NV and is the site of a historic mining town that also used to be known as Poeville. The town was established in 1864 after an alleged relative of Edgar Allan Poe, John Poe found gold and silver veins in an area below Peavine Peak next to what is now Peavine Road. Today, no trace of the town that more than 200 people once called home remains.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Henry Rendler
Apr 20, 2024
Obstructed
Deep Snow
6-10 inches of snow on the main road.
Zach Christensen
Jan 20, 2024
4x4
Permanently Closed
Locked Gate
When I tried to turn in it said “emergency vehicles only”
Nitty Jones’s
May 06, 2023
SxS
Open

Access Description

Somersett Trail Access - Trail access is on left directly adjacent to marked parking spots. Note and heed the signs regarding No OHV Staging and No Parking areas. Traveling West on I-80 take Exit 5 towards E Verdi. At the traffic circle take the 1st exit onto Somersett Ridge Parkway. Right on E Del Webb Pkwy. Right on Somersett Pkwy. Left on Hawk Meadow Trail. Traveling East on I-80 take Exit 2 towards Verdi. Right on I-80 BL E/3rd St. At the traffic circle take the 1st exit to stay on I-80 BL E/3rd St. At the traffic circle take the 1st exit onto Somersett Ridge Parkway. Right on E Del Webb Pkwy. Right on Somersett Pkwy. Left on Hawk Meadow Trail. Las Brisas Staging Area - Turn-off from Las Brisas Blvd will be on right. Once you turn off road, there is another 90 degree right hand turn up a paved, short steep hill into the staging area.Traveling West on I-80 take exit 10 for McCarran Blvd W. Right at the bottom of the ramp on N McCarran Blvd. Left on Las Brisas Blvd. Continue for 2 miles.Traveling East on I-80 take exit 10 for McCarran Blvd W. Left at the bottom of the ramp on N McCarran Blvd. Left on Las Brisas Blvd. Continue for 2 miles.

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