Reno: Selenite Peak

Over the course of 6 miles, you'll see wild horses, tag a summit with stellar desert views, and, if you're up for it, return via an off-trail route.
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Over the course of 6 miles, you'll see wild horses, tag a summit with stellar desert views, and, if you're up for it, return via an off-trail route.

Mapped by Kurt Kuznicki

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.7

Waypoints

SPT001

Location: 40.5835609436035, -119.306701660156

Head NE up wash to ridgeline

SPT002

Location: 40.5855484008789, -119.300498962402

Leave wash and begin uphill over eroded granite and basaltic flows

SPT003

Location: 40.5900382995606, -119.293296813965

Gear down for steep 1,100-ft. climb; to W, see knobby Fox Range rising above the baked flats of Smoke Creek Desert

SPT004

Location: 40.5978088378906, -119.286903381348

Reach small peak then drop to saddle

SPT005

Location: 40.6024017333984, -119.284896850586

Giant junipers provide shade in rocky terrain. Long views N into Black Rock Desert. Wild horses roam the dusty basin below

SPT006

Location: 40.6057815551758, -119.27269744873

Break @ saddle before last switchbacks. Head toward highest outcrop

SPT007

Location: 40.605899810791, -119.26619720459

Selenite Peak (7,155 ft.): Mountains swell above the salty plains of the Black Rock Desert. Look for old lava flows. Return .3 mi. to WPT 6. From here, retrace steps or leave trail and pick a route into wash, heading SW (map skills required)

SPT008

Location: 40.5979881286621, -119.279899597168

Off-trail route stays in drainage. Ahead, interesting rock formations; look for more wild ponies grazing on high slopes

SPT009

Location: 40.5906791687012, -119.285797119141

Look for spring on hillside to the E

SPT010

Location: 40.5854911804199, -119.29630279541

Swing W to close loop @ trailhead. Tricky section with lots of brush; pick a good route or you?ll be crawling, not walking

From the top

Location: 40.6061058044434, -119.266120910645

Hrady hikers reach the top of Selenite Peak, where the views open over the Black Rock Desert and Granite Mountains. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Hiking the ridgeline

Location: 40.5938301086426, -119.289726257324

A low bank of clouds skims the Granite Mountains. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Looking west towards Empire Nevada

Location: 40.6045875549316, -119.282386779785

The great, wide empty from the heights of Selenite Peak's ridges. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Onwards & upwards

Location: 40.6060447692871, -119.273651123047

A hiker makes the final push to the summit. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Selenite Peak

Location: 40.6059188842773, -119.266372680664

See if you can find the benchmark. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Starting out

Location: 40.5855407714844, -119.302444458008

Two hikers begin the hike from the playa to the ridgelines of Selenite Peak. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Tree Arch

Location: 40.5863647460938, -119.294219970703

A small covers the trail. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Giant Junipers

Location: 40.5900993347168, -119.294723510742

A stand of massive, dense junipers covers the trail. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Granites & Playa

Location: 40.5965538024902, -119.287826538086

The snow-capped Granite Range rises from the dusty playa of the Smoke Desert. ©Kurt Kuznicki

Hiking in the lower canyon

Location: 40.5888977050781, -119.288711547852

Hikers pick their way through the grass-choked lower reaches below Selenite Peak. ©Kurt Kuznicki