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Located south from Gardnerville, the Molybdenite Creek Trail offers hikers a moderate difficulty 8.8 mile trek through beautiful and contrasting scenery.

The Molybdenite Creek trail follows the creek up to its junction with McMillan Creek. A short spur trail will take you to McMillan Lake. The hike starts out with a gradual climb and is full of aspens and pines. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. After the first few miles the trail opens out into a sage field dotted with trees. When you reach the McMillan Lake sign, stay left and start the climb up to the lake. The climb is steep, but short (about 500 yards). The lake is nice and there is room to wander all the way around it though no established trail exists.

Directions: From Gardnerville, Travel south on US Highway 395 until the junction with State Highway 066. Travel south east along State Highway 066 until the Obsidian Campground. The trailhead is located at the end of the Obsidian campground. If you come to the Burt Canyon trailhead, you went past the campground. Turn as if you were going to Obsidian campground and drive to the end and you will come to the trailhead sign.

Elevation: 7,840 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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