We had a beautiful run up the Hawk Meadow Trail on Peavine Mountain and out through Henness Pass Road. The Hawk Meadow trail starts out as an unassuming small Jeep Icon sign along the road in Somersett’s “The Cliffs” development. The trail climbs up Peavine to the top, passing an Aspen lined spring along the way. From the top there are panoramic views of Reno, Border Town, and the Sierras. We headed down the northwest side of Peavine Mountain, though Mitchell Canyon and on to Dog Valley to explore the Crystal Peak Mine area where quartz crystals were mined for radios during World War II.
On 9/25/2021 we have a more direct trip to the Crystal Mine scheduled that is suitable for stock 4WD vehicles. The open air mine is a fun place for kids to look for crystals. See td4wheelers.org for details and to sign up.