PV4W club run to Alamo Road
By Denis & Sandi Inman
I thought with a weeks notice and delaying the run until Saturday that we would get more people interested in the Alamo Road trail run. If I had known ahead of time it was just going to be the two of us, we could have gone during the week to hopefully see some military aircraft on maneuvers over the Nellis Air Force Range and the Nevada Test Site. Brian and I met at the Desert NWR Visitor Center near Corn Creek at 7:45, aired down and left at 8:00 AM. We could have used a little more breeze to clear the dust from the road, but other than that, it was a beautiful Winter day in the wilderness.
The trail at this time of year is very easy, but if it rains, the roads in the Desert Dry Lake area can be quite muddy. In drier times, nasty puff dirt will occur and can be as difficult to negotiate as mud or soft snow. Since we had made such good time, when we got to the point where Pahranagat NWR was only 9 miles away on Alamo Road, we took Badger Road to the Northwest out of the Wildlife Reserve, through a gate into BLM land where we found some more challenging roads to explore and kill some time before we could check into our rooms.
We spotted some towers up on a hill and came across Repeater Road that led us up there to look around. We could see from the tower area which canyons had roads leading to Alamo and which were impassable. Once we descended from the 6250′ mountain, we continued North until we found a trail that came out of the hills and into downtown Alamo. After dinner at the Timbers Grill (formerly Windmill Ridge), we got our rooms at Sunset View Inn and prepared to do Mormon Wells Road on Sunday.