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 love most about living in Reno is its proximity to endless beauty.  Crystal Peak Park is no exception.  Only ten miles from Reno, you will find a beautiful park surrounded by mountains and the Truckee River.  

What's to Love About This Park
*Large shade trees
*beautiful scenic 0.5 mile nature trail loop and the Truckee river alongside, 
*2 fishing ponds (permit required, stocked with Lahontan Cutthroat Trout)
*plenty of boulders and a bridge to climb
*Grassy picnic areas (including BBQ)
*interpretive signs
*plenty of trails for hikers and cyclists nearby

-There is a paved parking lot with roads that lead down to the beginning of the trail.
-group areas are non-reservable

If you'd like to get a glimpse of Crystal Peak Park's beauty and learn a little history, check out this video, made by Outdoor Nevada.  

At Crystal Peak Park, you can step back into history and learn about Verdi Glen Resort (1923–1938), a place that served as a commuter stop, and discover remnants of an old saw mill, Verdi Lumber Company, which in 1860 Crystal Peak was home to.  Lumber from this mill was used to build Virginia City and railroad tracks.

The park was named after the peak right behind Crystal Peak Park, where you can have some fun looking around for quartz deposits (shovel recommended for enthusiasts).  

The peak is about 11 miles up a one-way dirt road (small patches of land to pull over provided).  

I tried to go up the path with my mini van with no success.  At the beginning of the last three miles, I was met with an uneven dirt road with lots of depressions that looked too deep to clear with my front bumper.  I immediately understood the need for an off-roading vehicle or SUV (which I saw plenty of on my way up).  Nevertheless, the view on the way up was highly enjoyable.  I felt like I was a hobbit on an adventure.  

On the way up, I noticed some trailheads and interpretive signs to the left, which you can explore.  If you were to make it all the way up to the peak, you will be rewarded with stunning views (as reviewed by Outdoor Nevada).

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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