I hiked down to photograph one of the several flumes that follow the Truckee River through the canyon between Truckee and Verdi during deep winter. After many very cold days the water that continually leaks out of the flume freezes into incredible icicles and ice sculptures. For years I have driven by on my way up or down the hill and finally I decided to hike down and photograph them. I choose to use HDR techniques to get the full range of detail in these shots. In recent years the flumes have been rebuilt and do not leak as much, making this site less spectacular.
This water fall is about 1 ½ hours into one of the best hikes that is accessible in Reno. It is the Hunter Creek trail that starts from the upper part of Caughlin Ranch in Reno. The trail starts just on the northwest side of Caughlin Ranch and within minutes you are in the Mt. Rose Wilderness Area. You hike from the Reno high desert, into cottonwood, then aspen, through a scattering of lower elevation pines and on to a full on Tahoe forest. The trail is moderate in difficulty but does require good hiking boots. What makes this trail stand out is the beauty and diversity. The High point, although not the end, is this wonderful waterfall.