Summary: You may find this hike listed as part of the Pasco Canyon/Pine Creek loop, or as trails to Mt. Jefferson (12,000 ft. summit). The main TH is located just off the entry to CG, but there is another (nice if you're staying in the CG or if you don't have stock), which is next to stream at campsite #11 at the back of the loop. If you don't want to camp, Belmont is a delightful little historic town which has a motel, saloon & cafe. There is also a bike trail (signed) located next to the Belmont "hotel". Pine Creek trail is a very pretty, very moderate (almost easy) trail which spends a lot of time along and crossing the stream. When you're not walking among wildflowers, shimmering leaves, and the lulling sound of running water; you're along the slopes of the canyon, winding among red and brown cliffs and ledges, reminiscent of northern Arizona, or the Spring Mountains. Read the USFS trail info to find the high mountain pond, and old mill site. Watch for rattlers at TH.
Trailhead: From Las Vegas, take I-95 NW towards Reno, driving past Indian Springs, Beatty (Rhyolite), Goldfield (historic mining town), and into Tonopah (USFS ranger station located here on main hwy - check sign in front for current info). From Tonopah, take U.S. Hwy. 6 east for about six miles, then turn north on Nevada Hwy. 376 (paved). After about 13 miles, turn east (right) on the Monitor Valley Road (paved until Belmont). Continue about 46.5 miles (road becomes gravel after Belmont), and turn left on the Pine Creek Road (signed), USFS 009. Follow this gravel road into the foothills, driving past (right) the ranch and directly into the campground. Trailhead is signed at (right), entrance to campground. There is great horse trailer parking (loop), campsite, RR, and tie racks for your horses. Monitor Valley is a ranching area and this is old Nevada so your horses are very welcome. The campground is shady and wonderful, with Pine Creek running through the center of camp. (Lat:38.7967 Lon:-116.84862)
Trail Guides for Pine Creek (Alta Toquima Wilderness):
USFS Free trail info for Alta Toquima Wilderness
by USFS - Tonopah District (USFS)
The Hikers Guide to Nevada
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Press - Montana)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: USFS - Tonopah District (775) 482-6286 (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted 86 other hikes on this site
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