Lobdell Peak Jeep Trek
Bored on a December Saturday and wanting to try out my new wheels and tires, I set out to go up the back side of Desert Creek and take some photos. I ended up, however, going up to the top of Lobdell Peak. It’s not the highest mountain around but up top you can see both Smith and Mason Valleys and there sits a vast array of television, ham radio, cell phone and internet transponders and repeaters. I think that’s where I get my wireless internet broadcast from.
There’s not much to tell. It’s a 2500 foot ride to the top with some interesting country along the way. Notable is the buried railroad tanker that appears to have been used to store water for cattle maybe. The water trough, clearly visible on satellite images, has been removed but the pipe and spigot are still there. In any case, it’s a neat place to visit. The peak offers great views and all the equipment is fun to look at, even more so when you realize someone had to haul it all up the mountain and someone has to maintain it all, including bringing propane to many tanks.
This panorama shows Smith Valley on the left, the Singatse Range dividing Smith and Mason Valleys, Mason Valley including Yerington in the middle right and then mostly empty land off to the east. The view is generally to the north. The drive up isn’t bad, any 4WD vehicle can make it, but you’ll likely find solitude up there for the most part. As usual, there is a lot to discover in these parts. You just have to get off the highways to find it.
A couple of additional notes. I haven’t been very active primarily because Henry, my oldest son, was supposed to leave for boot camp and I was helping him get in shape. Unfortunately, there was a mix up and he won’t be shipping out until February now. We continue to work on getting him into tip-top shape.
Finally, for those who are interested, those tires are Fierce Attitudes by Goodyear in 285/70/17 (33×11.5×17 for those who don’t speak metric). The wheels are Black Rock 909s.