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Round Valley

July 1, 2022
Type : hike
Length : 2.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain : 320 ft.
High Point : 6,880 ft.

After dropping the kiddo off at camp at Trailside, my wife and I made the short drive over to North Round Valley trailhead. We had been walking the dogs around Jeremy Ranch where my parents live, and wanted to venture out somewhere new and figured Round Valley was perfect as it is right next to where my son is in camp.

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A quick look at the map indicated we could do a loop around the hill from the North Round Valley Trailhead. After getting the dogs in their harnesses and leashes, we headed out on the RV Connect trail.
Belle anxiously waiting for the hike to begin
Belle anxiously waiting for the hike to begin
RV Connect Trail
RV Connect Trail
We cruised along the RV Connect trail and it eventually merged with the Round Valley Express trail. There were some wildflowers in bloom, and once on the Round Valley Express trail we saw some mountain bikers cruising by on nearby trails, but no bikers on our hiking trail.
Gunjan and Gem on the RV Connect Trail
Gunjan and Gem on the RV Connect Trail
Wildflower on the Round Valley Express Trail
Wildflower on the Round Valley Express Trail
The Round Valley Express Trail
The Round Valley Express Trail
The Round Valley Express trail brought us through the low point between two hills and then we veered off on the Rambler trail. I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going, but knew we needed to circle around the hill to our right to make it back to the parking lot.
View from the Rambler Trail
View from the Rambler Trail
Near the top of the hill we saw an old rusted truck in what looked like a pit. This must have been an old mining area. I’m curious as to how the truck ended up there; I’m sure there is an entertaining backstory.
Old abandoned mining truck
Old abandoned mining truck
Views from the top
Views from the top
I think we then took the Rademan Ridge trail and eventually the TM trail, however I wasn’t really paying attention to what specific trails we were on, rather making sure we hugged the hill and tracked in the general direction towards the parking lot.
Heading to the TM trail
Heading to the TM trail
As we rounded the hill, we caught a glimpse of the parking lot and started to descend. We had to pull over to let a group of young mountain bikers pass by - they were part of a camp and I was impressed at how well some of the younger kids were riding.
A nice place to get out and walk the dogs in the high desert, with decent views and not a ton of people (granted it was during the week).