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Washoe Canyon Gutted By Fire

Not only did many local residents lose their homes and property due to the recent wildfire but a special natural place has been burned out. Just north of Washoe City is Washoe Canyon (also known as Pagni Canyon). The outlet of Little Washoe Lake flows north under Hwy 395 and snakes it’s way down the rugged canyon to Pleasant Valley. We have enjoyed several hikes through the lush canyon over the years and was fun to explore. This is the route the Virginia & Truckee Railroad took from our valley northward on it’s way to Reno and several trestles remained and remnants of the old roadbed beside the creek.
But the fire ripped through the canyon as well and now it is black and barren. Local resident Christina took a look after the fire and sent in these photos of before and after. Hopefully we’ll be blessed with the right conditions in the near future that will recreate the cool and green haven we used to enjoy. Thanks for the photos, Christina!

One Comment

  1. Christina says:

    You’re welcome. Yes, I had hoped that the fire had somehow “skipped” over the canyon, but I was pretty devastated to see that it was gone. I do hope that in a few years time it will come back. As of now, the canyon area has been closed off to hiking.

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