Peavine Prospector Run

Total Miles
11.7

Elevation

2392.48 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

summer, fall

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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.

Difficulty

Easy

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

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.