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



Location: 40.5835609436035, -119.306701660156

Head NE up wash to ridgeline


Location: 40.5855484008789, -119.300498962402

Leave wash and begin uphill over eroded granite and basaltic flows


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


Location: 40.5978088378906, -119.286903381348

Reach small peak then drop to saddle


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


Location: 40.6057815551758, -119.27269744873

Break @ saddle before last switchbacks. Head toward highest outcrop


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)


Location: 40.5979881286621, -119.279899597168

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


Location: 40.5906791687012, -119.285797119141

Look for spring on hillside to the E


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

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