Nevada Outdoor School members Meghan, Kaneisha, and Noah set out on the brisk morning of January 12th, buzzing with excitement for the first snowshoe hike of the new year! 10 members of the community met NOS members in Lamoille Canyon. One participant had even traveled from Winnemucca to join the hike! Originally, the group was going to meet at the Powerhouse Picnic Area and hike the Talbot Trail from there. However, the amount of snowfall in the days leading up to the hike had caused the roadway into the canyon to become too dangerous to drive. Instead, everyone met at the Ruby Dome Ranch entrance. NOS brought snowshoes along for anybody who needed them, but many participants had brought their own! Once everyone was geared up and ready to go, the group began their trek into the canyon. At the end of the group, Noah and Kaneisha kept their eyes on participants at all times, making sure no one was left behind. Strong winds blew sharp snowflakes into the air, and a biting cold nipped at any uncovered skin. Although the winds made hiking more of a challenge, the group stopped for plenty of breaks. Some of the hills in the canyon provided good cover from the wind too! The group eventually made it down into the Lamoille Power House Picnic Area, which was packed with snow. Elko Daily Free Press reporter, Lydia Snow, was among the participants, and everyone snowshoed onto the bridge to snap a group photo for the newspaper. A few of the participants trekked around the area to take a look at the scenery, and snap a few photos to preserve the memory of the experience. Even though NOS wasn’t able to provide the typical s’mores and hot chocolate experience that they typically implement into their programs, participants thoroughly enjoyed the hike!
Photo: Participants and AmeriCorps members pose for a picture before the snowshoe hike.