Up until 2017, the main grocery store in Eureka, NV was located in the middle of downtown. Nowadays, it's located a mile out of town. This is inconvenient for a pre-hotel resupply, but fortunately, it's still passed on the way out of town.
To stock up on superfoods and lightweight camping foods, I had mailed a resupply box to Eureka and only needed to visit Raine's Market for fresh produce and bonus snacks. I also have to admit that the new store, which I explored during a recent road trip, is far better and more stocked than it's previous edition.
The town of Eureka also has a community swimming pool, which was the busiest of them yet.
In 2016, I left town reunited with Stacey, Bernie, and unexpectedly a bike-packer who upon hearing about our adventure decided to join us for the next summit. Located just above town, Diamond Peak is not only an impressive summit view, but the start of the longest and most adventurous trail-less segment of the NVT.
After spending the night just below the summit, we attained the top, watched the sunrise, then parted ways. I lingered on top longer while Stacey and Bernie went ahead.
This XC crossing of the Diamond Range is approximately 31.2 miles in length. Although labeled as XC, a fair amount of it is made following wild horse trails. On both ends of this crossing are springs. During the crossing itself, there may be snow to melt and if you're lucky, run-off to be captured without having to melt.
Safely on the far side of the range, the NVT joins the historic Pony Express Trail and follows it across the dry Newark Valley. Throughout this crossing, lookback views of the Diamond Range are enjoyed, along with occasional juniper trees which provide shade and soft resting places.
Leaving the Pony Express, a series of steep jeep roads and trail-less segments leads to another impressive summit, Pearl Peak. Here, I encountered mountain goats during both of my journeys. Approaching the summit, the strong Headwaters Creek is passed along with leftover cornices of snow. These are undoubtedly some of the most striking miles of the trail as they overlook the Ruby Lakes basin and the Ruby Mountains, which are traversed during the next section.
After a dramatic and unforgettable descent from Pearl Peak following the crest of the Dragon's Tail, the first traffic since leaving Eureka is likely met when you reach Harrison Pass. This well-traveled dirt road marks the end of Section 5 and the beginning of the Ruby Mountains.
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