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A cache located at the parking area for Hobart Creek Reservoir Trailhead high in the Sierra Nevadas.
Unactivated TB tag for the FTF.
Found this place purely by accident one day while investigating a dirt road I didn't know about. The climb is steep and the road narrow (not too narrow, but two trucks are not passing each other on this), but it takes you high up into the mountains where you get an up close and personal view of the Waterfall Fire's damage to the forest, an expansive overlook of Washoe and Eagle Valleys, and a twisty trip through the pine forest at the top.
The road starts at an elevation of 4900 feet and climbs 3000 feet in 4.9 miles. Go slow as you will be sharing the road (we met another truck, an ATV, and a mountain biker up there).
Once at the parking area, you can chose to hike down to the Reservoir - though be warned that the initial hill is a steep one.
Views from the area
The Marlette-Hobart Water System
As gold and silver mining at Virginia City and Gold Hill grew, enormous amounts of timber and water were needed to supply the cities and mines. This insatiable appetite spurred the creation of Marlette Lake, Hobart Reservoir, Spooner Lake and an intricate system of flumes and pipelines (The Marlette-Hobart Water System)that today is a National Civil Engineering Landmark. The box flume that carried water (not timber) from Marlette Lake to Tunnel Creek Station is now the site of the popular Marlette Flume Trail.
This flume and another from the north combined and entered a 4000' tunnel which emptied on the east side of the Carson Range. It then joined the key pipeline of the Comstock, the Inverted Siphon. This high pressure pipeline brought water to a reservoir near Virginia City and could deliver up to 10 million gallons/day. Amazingly, this pipeline still works, although the water supplied now primarily comes from Hobart Reservoir and the Red House diversions. Red House is the last remaining flume maintenance station and was rebuilt about 1910 after a devastating flood that claimed two lives. As the Comstock declined, limited livestock grazing replaced timber interests in the early 1900's. The forest slowly returned but the environmentally disastrous activities of the Comstock years are still being felt today.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:33:30 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:33 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum