Pine Nut Mountains, Dayton, Carson City Foothills, Fort Churchill, Eureka Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Hedcett Canyon, Bismark Peak, Fort Churchill Road
Last Known Status
This area near Dayton, NV offers some scenery that's a cut above the typical Nevada sand and sage.
The trails get a little bit rocky, but if you like stream and creek crossings, you'll want to hit this place during spring thaw when the creek washes out over the parts of the trail. Due to the elevation and the shade from the trees you may find some trails blocked by snow even in the late spring.
You can can stage or camp at the trailhead or there are some primitive camping spots along the trail on your way up the canyon, but a 4x4 is recommended to access anything past the base of the canyon.
From: Carson City, NV
1) 50 East to Dayton
2) Downtown Dayton (stop light)
3) Take right on Dayton Valley Road
4) Go 1/10 mile
5) First right on Schaad Lane (south)
6) Go 2/10 mile, veer left (stay on Schaad Lane - don't take Ricci)
7) Straight through crossroads, veer left at all forks
8) Follow Schaad Lane 3.1 miles to Eldorado Dam
9) At base of Eldorado Canyon trail starts here: N39.11.990 W119.33.684.
TYPE OF AREA
many stream crossings, good variety, secluded, excellent scenery
a little rocky, no services
Full Day mid spring
High Desert & Forest
4500 to 6200 ft.
Not Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
steep hill climbs on sides of canyon, not on trail
15-20 stream crossings (seasonal)
70% roads, 30% narrow trails
(hazards not marked) Beware of open mine shafts, cliffs.
Canyon trail is moderate difficulty with many stream crossings and rocks.