A strange hike on Mount Davidson

Virginia City is interesting as an authentic-looking silver rush mining town and site of the Comstock lode. We breeze through looking for a hike, and find an unusual one.

It’s not too surprising to find an unsafe mine here.

Or a steep power line road to a ridge with a nice view of the Washoe Valley.


The 9/11 memorial on the summit of Mount Davidson is pretty unusual.


But the strangest sight of the day is a lone house burning down below. It seems fortunate the day isn’t too windy. Later a woman at the coffee house in town tells us a dog was rescued from the house and resuscitated.

We see many piƱon pines and junipers, but just one tiny Jeffrey pine.

A nice guy on an ATV tells us about the Jumbo Grade from Washoe valley to Virginia City, and takes our picture.

On the descent the town is dominated by two big churches – much different than the strip of saloons, museums, and gaming parlours you see driving through.

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