Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Hidden Gem Alert-Crystal Peak Park, Verdi.

561 Crystal Park Road, Verdi, NV 89439

Park Ranger Office: (775) 828-6612

Crystal Peak Park Trail Map

One thing I cherish about living in Reno is its proximity to boundless beauty, and Crystal Peak Park perfectly embodies this. Just ten miles from Reno, this picturesque park is nestled amongst mountains and the Truckee River.

What Makes This Park Special:
- Abundant shade from large trees
- A beautiful 0.5-mile scenic nature trail loop alongside the Truckee River
- Two fishing ponds (permit required, stocked with Lahontan Cutthroat Trout)
- Numerous climable boulders
- Grassy picnic areas equipped with BBQ facilities
- Restrooms for convenience
- Informative interpretive signs
- Plenty of nearby trails for hikers and cyclists

Additional Information:
- A paved parking lot with roads leading to the trailhead
- Non-reservable group areas

For a sneak peek at the beauty of Crystal Peak Park and to delve into its history, check out this video crafted by Outdoor Nevada.

Crystal Peak Park offers a fascinating journey into history, inviting you to discover the Verdi Glen Resort (1923–1938), a former commuter stop. Explore remnants of the Verdi Lumber Company, which, in 1860, made Crystal Peak the home of an old sawmill. The lumber produced here played a crucial role in constructing Virginia City and railroad tracks.

Named after the peak towering behind it, Crystal Peak Park is an ideal spot for enthusiasts to search for quartz deposits (bring a shovel for a more immersive experience). The peak, situated approximately 11 miles up a one-way dirt road, offers intermittent pull-over spots.

While attempting the ascent in my minivan, I faced challenges in the last three miles—a rugged, uneven dirt road with deep depressions. It became evident that an off-roading vehicle or SUV is recommended (as observed during the journey). Despite this, the scenic views on the way up were enjoyable, evoking a sense of adventure.

Along the ascent, I noticed trailheads and interpretive signs to the left, providing opportunities for exploration. While reaching the peak might require a vehicle better suited for rough terrains, the rewarding panoramic views at the summit, as highlighted by Outdoor Nevada, make the journey worthwhile.

Recommended Gear
-Sunscreen (after trying so many options, this is my family's favorite)
-Water Bottle (definitely a must in Reno's dry climate)
-Portable Potty Liners (priceless gadget that makes any hike with kids a breeze)
-hiking backpack (great for kids, storage, nap-friendly, shade)
-carrier (more affordable, light weight, shade, storage for keys)

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