Leviathan Mine Road
I’d title this “East Carson River” instead of “Leviathan Mine Road” but we only ate lunch there. Hell, I haven’t even bought a fishing license this year. There’s not much to share but I really want to put some content on the site. This was supposed to be the summer I spent with my youngest, Owen, before he moves to Reno to attend college but I’ve spent it mostly at the hospital with my dad. That situation is ongoing but my dad is on the road to recovery. Hopefully full recovery or something approaching that. But there’s a long way to go. Well, enough of my problems. Enjoy the trip report.
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I’d been planning a trip down to the East Carson for a few weeks. But life kept interfering as my dad’s situation fluctuated. We finally managed to take a few days off from hospital and grabbed the opportunity. I’d forgotten how rough Leviathan Mine Road is. We didn’t go to the mine but followed the narrow road to the river. It was fun and the Jeep got a decent work out. The area is beautiful and I bet in the spring it’s spectacular. But we missed all that and the meadows were mostly yellow and there were few flowers left to see.
We followed what Google maps calls Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Barney-Riley Trail and ended up across the river from the hot springs. We didn’t cross the river there (technically, I don’t think your supposed too but everyone does). At the river, we set up our table and chairs and proceeded to eat lunch while shooing away the hungry wasps. We might have stayed longer but that area is busy. A group set up camp across the river, turned on their radio and set up chairs in the river. 😩
After lunch, we explored along the river in the Jeep and even contemplated swimming but we weren’t feeling it (we’re not feeling like doing much of anything lately😕). Anyway, we drove out the way we came in. There are several alternatives including the Barney-Riley Trail, and a secondary road that will take you back to us 395. I almost took Barney-Riley but decided against trying to navigate that without a proper map. So, we followed Leviathan Mine Road back to US 395.
All in all it was nice to get out and get away from the hospital and pretend life was back to normal (though it didn’t work so well). I’m looking forward to changing things up a bit but I don’t know when. It’s all about my dad right now and I’ve got little control over how that goes. Our house is still on the market as well but once life settles down Jen and I plan to begin traveling and exploring more. Those travels will be featured here and on YouTube. Until then, please accept this bread crumb of a post.