Although most of the trails in the area are closed due to seasonal closures, our Club Vice President, Don Schellenberg, and his daughter, Katelyne, took out friends with a new Jeep JL to Lagomarsino Canyon. Lagomarsino is accessed from Lockwood, Nevada and is known for an amazing display of around 2000 petroglyphs panels created over the last 10,000 years. Check out www.nvrockart.org/aan_pages/txt/lagomario_canyon for a detailed description of the site. The cottonwood trees along the creek explain why people were drawn to the area over the years. The area had a light dusting of snow adding to the beauty of the otherwise stark hillsides. The snow made the trail a little slick but the Jeeps had no problems. The group saw wild horses, which are common in the area, and a pair of curious Marmots playing around the rocks - who seemed interested in having visitors.
Winter in the Sierras makes Nevada the go to destination for beautiful 4WD trails. Lagomarsino Canyon is not only an archeologically significant petroglyph site but the route passes through several interesting historical areas including the Washington town (site), Lousetown (site) and various mining prospects. Lousetown Station served as a toll road between Virginia City and Truckee Meadows (now Reno) in the 1860s. It’s interesting to think the area was more populated then as it is in the middle of nowhere now. Be cautious though if rain is forecast or has recently occurred as “tread lightly” means we don’t want to damage the road surfaces.