Nevada Day-Tripper: Galena Creek Regional Park

It all started with the memory of my 3 year old daughter smiling while standing inside the Split Rock at Galena Creek Regional Park.  She is now 28 years old and soon to be married.   I looked and looked for the photo I took of her that day when she was 3, but could not find it.  That’s the thing about memories, they stay there forever in our mind, whether we lose the photo or find it.

I called my son and asked him to go on a hike at Galena Creek Regional Park in search of the Split Rock!

It was a beautiful Spring day and because of the unusual heavy snowfall this past winter, the snow cover is starting to recede causing the white water to come rushing down.

splitrock5
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/2500; ISO 500)
splitrock4
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/2.8; 1/400; ISO 125)

We went to the Galena Visitor Center, collected trail maps, asked the center volunteer where to find the Split Rock or what trail to take, he did not know.  We ate our Hershey bars, got back in the Jeep, then attempted to follow the directions to the trail via text sent by my son’s dad.

splitrock7
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/2.8; 1/250; ISO 125)

No help,  back down the Mt. Rose Highway to the first entrance.  We followed other hikers thru a picnic area and towards the Nature Trail.  While we walked we asked other hikers about the Split Rock, as they passed us and still no one seemed to know what we were talking about.

splitrock6
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/640; ISO 500)

Until… one hiking group told us, to keep going, follow the Nature Trail and to look to the right  while we hike as the rock was no longer on the trail.  On we went up the dirt trail stairs and further along the trail until we found what I thought might be the Split Rock.

But.

It had fallen over.  Could it be?, had I been away too long?

Would I ever find the elusive Split Rock?

splitrock11
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/1250; ISO 500)
splitrock9
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/3.5; 1/50; ISO 125)

We hiked further, and then I saw it, I recognized it right away!

splitrock10
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/640; iSO 500)
splitrock1
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/640; ISO 500) photo credit K.G.
splitrock12
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/640; ISO 500-photo credit K.G.)

Now I feel like I am home, even more now that we finally found that Split Rock!! and my son discovered the thrill of photography.  Love this place!

splitrock2
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/640; ISO 500)
splitrock13
Galena Creek Regional Park (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/250; ISO 200)

Galena Creek Regional Park Split Rock via the Nature Trail.

How to get there:

From Reno, either go south on S. Virginia Street to the Mt. Rose Highway and turn right (at The Summit Shopping Center), or take U.S. 395 south to the Mt. Rose Highway exit and go right. Just after you get into the trees, look for the Galena Creek Park signs and the RIGHT turn into the Galena Creek Visitor Center parking area. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.

Hey Friends, leave me a comment or two, I would love to hear about your adventures.

Until Next time …

 

 

 

 

2 comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s