The trail begins at Anderson Park, at the south end of Kietzke Lane, Reno. After Reno's Caughlin Fire in November 2011, which affected neighborhoods from Caughlin Ranch down to Bartley Ranch Regional Park, all trails along the slopes between Lakeside Drive and Bartley Ranch's pastureland were closed. The Ranch Loop Trail has now been reopened, connecting Bartley Ranch with the Anderson Park Trail.
8 Miles RT-Easy
From the town of Bridgeport on Highway 395, head west on Twin Lakes Road to the entrance of Mono Village. The trailhead can be somewhat difficult to find with all of the RV's and dirt roads in Mono Village. There are signs throughout the resort pointing to the trail to Barney Lake which officially starts at the end of a half mile dirt road. There is a small stream to cross early in the hike, but nothing that can't usually be jumped across. Half way to the lake you will pass through some Aspen groves just outside the Hoover Wilderness. The final climb to the lake can seem tedius, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Bartley Ranch is located on Bartley Ranch Road, just off of Lakeside Drive south of McCarran Blvd in south Reno. Consisting of 56 acres of scenic pasture, walking trails, a regulation size horse arena and warmup arena, the Western Heritage Interpretive Center and the newly restored Old Huffaker School. It offers something for everyone. The Western Heritage Interpretive Center hosts small exhibits several times each year. The interpretive center, the brick house, and the old Huffaker School building are reservable for parties, ceremonies and meetings. The park has four reservable group picnic areas: Old schoolhouse, last chance, plaza and the flying B. Several individual picnic sites are available on a first come - first serve basis. The Robert Z Hawkins Amphitheater is the site for many public performances and is available for private rentals as well.
Carson City Trail
To park, there's a gravel pull-out at the end of Nye Road, where it meets Murphy Road. The multi-use Carson City Trail runs between Kings Canyon Road and Combs Canyon Road, passing through subdivisions and among the desert scrub landscape. The trails skirts the western edge of Western Nevada Community College. Portions of the trail are on-road bike lane along Longview Drive and along Murphy Drive between Nye Lane and Combs Canyon Road. The path follows part of the old route of the former Virginia & Truckee Railroad (V&T), the famous 19th-century short line that connected Reno, Carson City, Virginia City and Minden. For 80 years, the V&T Railroad hauled Nevada's bonanza ore to mills at Silver City and along the Carson River. Today, the V&T hauls tourists on a historical journey between Carson City and Virginia City.
From Carson Pass on Hwy. 88, you can hike either south into the Mokelumne Wilderness, or north into the Lake Tahoe Basin. Either way, there are great views and large swaths of wildflowers (July - August).
This west Reno subdivision has lots of trails, including access to Alum Creek, Hunter Lake Rd., and Steamboat Ditch. Access is Caughlin Ranch Parkway off McCarran Blvd.
Chimney Beach Trail/Secret Cove
2.4 Miles RT-Moderate
From the junction of NV-431 & NV-28 head east through Incline Village then south for 8.2 miles to the Secret Cove parking lot on the right. The trailhead begins from the south end of the parking lot heading downhill through a few switchbacks before the junction where you can head back north to Chimney Beach or south to Secret Cove. Dont be surprised to find some nudists at Secret Cove.
Davis Creek Regional Park
To reach Davis Creek Regional Park, drive about 20 miles south from Reno on U.S. 395. At the south end of Washoe City, look for signs for a right turn onto Nevada 429 (old U.S. 395). After a short distance, there are signs for Davis Creek Regional Park and a right turn onto Davis Creek Camp Ground Road, which takes you to all parts of the park. There are signs inside the park directing you to various locations like the campground, day use areas, and Davis Creek Park Pond. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. There is a campground with 62 overnight sites, hiking and nature trails, biking and equestrian access, shady picnic areas, group camping and day use areas that can be reserved, a small fishing lake, and great views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain. The park is in a stand of Jeffrey pines, right at the transition zone between where the open Great Basin desert ends and the Sierra Nevada forest begins.
The Desolation Wilderness is a 63,690-acre federally protected wilderness area located along the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, just southwest of Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California. It is a popular backpacking destination, with much barren rocky terrain at the edge of the tree line. Lake Aloha is a feature of the wilderness area, with shallow, clear waters sitting in a wide granite basin carved by glaciers in the last ice age. The Crystal Range is within the wilderness with Pyramid Peak as the highest point in the range and in the wilderness at 9,985 feet in elevation. Among the many waterfalls within the wilderness is Horsetail Falls.
The following is a list of trailheads that provide access to the wilderness.
The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail pass through the wilderness.
• Loon Lake Trailhead
• Buck Island Trailhead
• Van Vleck Trailhead
• Rockbound Trailhead
• Twin Lakes Trailhead
• Lyons Trailhead
• Twin Bridges Trailhead
• Ralston Trailhead
• Echo Trailhead
• Echo Lakes Trailhead
• Glen Alpine Trailhead
• Mount Tallac Trailhead
• Bayview Trailhead
• Eagle Falls Trailhead
• Meeks Bay Trailhead
• Horsetail Falls Trailhead
Permits are required for both day use and overnight camping. In the summer, a quota system is used to limit the number of visitors on any given day in the wilderness. Desolation Wilderness is one of the most heavily used protected areas in the United States.
Donner Memorial State Park
Donner Memorial State Park is located south of Interstate 80, and west of Truckee. From downtown Truckee, follow Donner Pass Road two miles to a stop sign. Turn left and follow the signs into the park. Truckee itself is located 33 miles west of Reno, thirteen miles from Lake Tahoe. The park’s Nature Trail (0.5 mile round trip) begins just south of the museum. It meanders by a pine and ?r forest to Donner Creek. An interpretive booklet is available at the museum. Lakeshore Interpretive Trail (2.5 miles round trip) is even more educational. Eighteen trailside exhibits illustrate the history of the Emigrant Trail and tell of the area’s geology and ecology, Washoe culture, and the local recreational possibilities. The path leads to, and along, Donner Lake. At trail’s end at the lake is some ?ne picnicking. Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season's beauty. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800's. Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life. Donner Pass Transcontinental Railroad Tunnels Trail is 3 miles and takes you through several abandoned railroad tunnels along route of the old transcontinental railroad. Following the most challenging terrain in the race to build the transcontinental railroad through the Sierras, the trail includes the Summit Tunnel and China Wall - tributes to the labor of thousands of Chinese workers that worked to build the railroad. The ride is mostly downhill going eastbound towards Donner Lake. Be sure to watch out for motorized traffic, as this trail is also popular with ATVs and motorcycles. Some of the tunnels are very dark and quite long, so a headlamp is an absolute necessity. The beginning of the trail can be accessed from the maintenance yard just south of the Donner Ski Ranch parking lot. Keep away from the active rail line that is rerouted through the Mt. Judah Tunnel. It is very busy with freight and passenger trains moving quickly through the mountainous terrain.
Donner Lake Rim Trail
Exit I-80 at the Donner Lake Interchange (west end of Donner Lake), or take Donner Lake Road from the west end of Donner Lake under I-80. A dirt road leaves the interchange on the north side of I-80 and quickly takes you to a large dirt parking area. Stay to the right of the Rim Trail informational kiosk and follow the access road up the east (right) side of Negro Canyon. The new access trail, called Wendin Way, begins on the left side of this road, about one hundred feet past the gate. Often overlooked because of its proximity to I-80, and its appearance as offering little shade, is Negro Canyon. This canyon has nice shady spots, aspen groves, lots of wildlife, and great sections of the Donner Lake Rim Trail. From the trailhead turn left onto the trail and begin a gentle climb for about 1.5 miles, to the junction with the actual Donner Lake Rim Trail. A right turn here will take you up a series of switchbacks to Donner Ridge, offering spectacular views as the reward for a very stiff climb. A left turn will take you through often open country with great views, and on to Summit Lake about 3.5 miles further.
Eagle Falls Trail
2 Miles RT-Easy
Eagle Falls Trail Lake Tahoe is located off Highway 89 and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in California. Eagle Falls Tahoe is one of the most popular short hikes in Lake Tahoe because of its beautiful cascading waterfalls, lush green scenery and trees. Eagle Falls Tahoe is a great option for those who may not want to spend hours on a long or strenuous hike, but still want to see Tahoe's magnificent terrain. The Eagle Falls Trailhead Tahoe is approximately two miles round trip and can be completed in about 30 minutes depending on the pace of the hiker.
Galena Creek Regional Park
Nestled in a forested area on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, Galena Creek Park is seven miles up the Mt. Rose Highway from the intersection with U.S. 395. Galena Creek flows through the park creating separate north and south portions of the park. Campfire programs, ranger-led hikes, and exhibits in the old stone visitor's center add to the diversity of the park. The park offers fishing at Marilyn's Pond and an outdoor education camp called camp We Ch Me. Reservable building and picnic pavilions.
Hidden Valley Regional Park
4740 Parkway Drive, Reno (off of Pembroke Drive). Hidden Valley Park is a large, 480-acre regional park in southeast Reno, of which 65 acres are developed. The park features a large horse arena with an announcer's stand and grandstand area, a warmup arena, covered group picnic area (by permit only) and individual picnic areas (non-reservable), two tennis courts, a multi-purpose soccer/baseball practice field (by permit only), a volleyball court, a children's playground area, and hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Huffaker Hills Trailhead
Heading east on S. McCarran Blvd., cross Longley Lane and take the first right. This is Alexander Lake Road and you will see a sign pointing to the Huffaker Hills Trailhead. Drive one mile up the side of Rattlesnake Mountain and turn right into the trailhead parking area just past the big water tank. For reference, this is near the southeast corner of the McCarran Blvd. ring road around the Truckee Meadows. Reno's Huffaker Hills Trailhead is the gateway to a hiking trails system that leads hikers to expansive views in every direction. With only modest effort, these trails take the hiker to the higher of the Twin Peaks for a look at the surrounding landscape, including across Reno all the way to Peavine Peak, Sparks, the Virginia Range, Mt. Rose, and south to the hills around Pleasant Valley. Even if you don't get that far, you won't be disappointed just taking a leisurely stroll to closer viewpoints.
Huffaker Hills Trails
Huffaker Hills trails are well built and provide an easy to moderate hiking experience. Families with children will find this a friendly hiking area. Dogs on leashes are welcome and the trails are also open to mountain biking. The area is wide open, making it easy for those on the trails to see each other and politely accommodate a variety of uses. The large parking area is gravel. There are several picnic tables, an information kiosk, and porta-potty facilities. There is no water or other services.
Western Loop: From the trailhead kiosk, take the right trail that heads downhill next to the water tank. You'll descend a sagebrush covered slope into a shallow canyon, then begin a mild ascent as you start the uphill part of the loop. The tread becomes markedly steeper after the trail turns left and climbs back to the top of the loop. Continue straight to return to the parking area. The round trip distance is about 1.2 miles.
Twin Peaks Loop: This loop isn't yet an official loop - part of the trail has yet to be built, so it is necessary to retrace your steps on the return trip. From the trailhead kiosk, hike straight up the wide trail left of the sign. You will soon come to a picnic table and unobstructed views of the Carson Range. Bear left at the fork (the right trail is part of the Western Loop) and continue a short distance to the next intersection. (About half way between these two corners you will pass an interpretive sign.) Turn right and begin your ascent of the eastern Twin Peak (4851' elevation). You will soon see a reservoir that stores treated waste water used for irrigation and other non-drinking purposes. There are also wetlands remnants of the large marsh and grasslands area that used to cover this part of the valley (what's left of the original Truckee Meadows). From here, it's a short but steep climb to the summit. From the top you have a 360 degree view of the Reno / Sparks region. There is, however, one minor flaw - part of the northern view is blocked by the 5011' volcanic cone of Rattlesnake Mountain. Out and back on the Twin Peaks Loop is about 1.5 miles.
Reservoir Lookout Trail: Bear left from the trailhead kiosk and hike down an easy slope south from the parking area. You'll be following a fence and soon see a reclaimed water reservoir. At the T-intersection, continue straight to the reservoir overlook for views of wetlands and Alexander Lake, which is fed by Steamboat Creek and other streams flowing from the Carson Range near Mt. Rose. Simply retrace your walk to return to the parking area. To make a loop, return to the T-intersection and turn left, climbing a hill to a junction with the Twin Peaks trail. Go straight on the main path and you will return to the parking area after hiking about a mile.
Hunter Creek Trail
5.6 Miles RT-Moderate
The Hunter Creek trail begins at the recently completed Michael D. Thompson Trailhead. To get here, drive 1.3 miles west on Mayberry Drive from its intersection with McCarran Boulevard and turn left onto Plateau Road. Follow Plateau for 1.1 miles and turn right onto Woodchuck Circle. After 0.8 miles Woodchuck reaches a large roundabout. The signed trailhead is accessed by taking the first right after entering the roundabout. The trailhead offers plentiful parking, a small number of picnic tables, and restroom facilities (summer only). The trail begins behind the metal gate at the southwest edge of the parking area. If hiking to Hunter Creek Falls, the roundtrip distance is around 5.6 miles (2.8 one-way), with 1200 feet of vertical elevation gain.
9 Miles RT
From Reno, head south on Hwy 395 to the north end E. Lake Blvd. Turn left and follow for 3.9 mi. to Jumbo Grade Rd. Turn left and follow for 1.1 mi to the trailhead. Jumbo Grade Trail is a 4.5 mile point-to-point trail primarily used for off road driving and is accessible from May until September.
Sand Harbor has 55 acres of long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shady forested areas and panoramic lake views, Sand Harbor offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to enjoy Lake Tahoe. Sand Harbor is three miles south of Incline Village on State route 28.
Sand Harbor to Memorial Point Trail: The short, half-mile trail offers a link to Memorial Point and provides access to many secluded beach and rock areas.
Sand Point Nature Trail: The one-third-mile Sand Point Nature Trail is a handicap-accessible trail with interpretive signs and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe.
The Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Spooner Backcountry is a widespread recreational and natural oasis. Spooner Lake, at the intersection of State Route 28 and U.S. 50, is popular for picnicking and catch-and-release fishing. Spooner Lake is a major trailhead for gaining access to the Spooner Backcountry. The backcountry has more than 12,000 acres of forested open space with over 50 miles of hiking and mountain biking. Thirteen miles of the 165-‘mile Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) wind in and out of the park. The TRT is closed to bikes between Hobart Road and Spooner Summit. The segment north of the park, between Tunnel Creek Road and the Mount Rose Highway, is open to bikes even days only. Roaded 4-wheel drive access into the Spooner Backcountry is available out of Carson City via Ash Canyon Road and reaches the park boundary about a ˝ mile from Hobart Reservoir. Other roadways that lead into the backcountry but only allow permitted vehicles include Tunnel Creek Road (west side of park) and Lakeview Road (east side of park). Fishing is allowed two hours after sunset at Spooner Lake. From sunup to sundown there is no overnight parking except for cabin and backpacking visitors. Camping is allowed at no charge (entry fees still apply) only in three primitive, walk-in campgrounds: Marlette Peak, Hobart and North Canyon. Each campground has a toilet and four or five camp sites with picnic tables, fire rings and bear resistant food and trash storage boxes. Dispersed camping is not allowed around Marlette Lake or anywhere else within park boundaries. The backcountry is managed as a non-motorized area to preserve the area’s ecological and recreational attributes. Only motorized vehicles displaying official agency designations or a State Parks motorized vehicle permit are allowed in the backcountry.
Lake Tahoe Bike Paths
You can access the Lake Tahoe Bike Paths from numerous places throughout the north shore community. The Lake Tahoe Bike Trails meander along the north shore on both the California and Nevada sides of the lake. The trails form a network of both paved and unpaved routes; some streets also have designated bike lanes. The trails link residential, recreation and business areas, offering scenic views of the Lake Tahoe Community.
Logan Shoals Vista Point
From Carson City, head west on US-50 for 14 miles to Logan Shoals Vista Point off to the right side of the road. This pull over spot has free parking with great views of the lake. Another bonus is there usually aren't very many people here making it easier to find a parking spot. There are also some small trails that lead down to the shoreline.
Marlette Lake Trail
9.5 Miles RT
Take Route 28 south out of Incline Village for 5 miles to the parking area just across the road from the Chimney Beach trailhead. The trail is a moderately steep uphill climb from the lake level up to Marlette Lake, with views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake visible at once from a point high up the trail. It's mostly shaded at the lower elevations, and passes through sugarpine forest, stands of aspen and even a patch of ferns. About four fifths of the trail is quite obvious, but the last steep descent to Marlette Lake the trail is a little hard to follow.
From Truckee take interstate I-80 East 2.5 miles to CA-267/CA-89, exit 188B, towards Lake Tahoe. Drive 11.6 miles toward the lake and turn left on CA-28. Drive 4.6 miles on CA 28 until a left turn onto NV-431. Drive 8.2 miles uphill to Mount Rose Summit worry large parking lot is located on the left-hand side. From interstate I-80 in Reno, drive 10 miles South on US-395 to NV-431, the Mount Rose highway, and drive 16 miles East to the summit parking lot. Pit toilets and trash receptacles are available at the top of this year-round pass. Your trail is very straightforward and pleasant to walk the entire way. You use a ridge on the foot of Mt. Houghton to gain 200 feet in the first half mile; then cross that ridge to traverse for the next 2 miles with a zero elevation gain. Along the way you have great views of Lake Tahoe initially and then your destination begins to dominate the vista. The final 2.5 miles to the summit is interrupted by only a few switchbacks along the way up the more than 1700 feet to the top of this old volcano.
10 Miles RT
The trailhead is 3.5 miles west of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89, across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach. Mount Tallac is probably the most recognizable of the Tahoe Area peaks. With its distinctive "cross" of snow rising directly above the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe, Mount Tallac commands attention. While neither the highest peak in the area nor the hardest to summit, Mount Tallac nonetheless serves up enough adventure to satisfy nearly everyone. Compared to the giants of the southern Sierra Nevada, Mount Tallac is a mere child, standing at only 9735 feet above sea level. Still, it stands over 3,500 feet above the surface of Lake Tahoe, and from the summit, one may take in panoramic views of that amazing lake, as well as the enchanting peaks of Desolation Wilderness area.
There are three main trailheads with reasonable access to Mount Tallac:
Lily Lake trailhead is at the end of Fallen Leaf Lake Road, which has signs from 89, 1/2 mile north (toward Truckee) from Camp Richardson. You'll find a paved parking lot here. Access point for Glen Alpine Trail
Mount Tallac trailhead is located about 3/4 mile north on CA 89 from Camp Richardson, directly across the highway from Baldwin Beach. The turnoff is well-signed. If you are coming from the north, this is first right turn after Spring Creek Road (just after the "25 MPH" right hand curve). If you are coming from the south, it is a left turn about 3/4 mile past the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center. Once you are heading east on this paved road, follow the signs to "Mount Tallac Trailhead". This trailhead is used for the Mount Tallac Trail, and the Southeast Chutes variation
The Spring Creek trailhead, located in the subdivision NW of Fallen Leaf Lake, provides the shortest route to the summit. To get here, follow Highway 89 north from Camp Richardson towards Emerald Bay, then turn left (west) on Spring Creek Road. Coming from the north, the right-hand turnoff is just past the long Emerald Bay switchback. Coming from the south, it is the first left turn after the Baldwin Beach/Tallac Trailhead turnoff. Follow Spring Creek Road up into the neighborhood, always bearing left at the forks until you get to Wiyot Road, where you bear right and run into a dead end. Park here in one of the two turnouts, or park off the road back on Spring Creek. If you are coming on the weekend, get here early. If you're coming after 9 am on a powder day, fuhgeddaboudit... This trailhead accesses the Northeast ridge route.
Pacific Crest Trail
27 Miles RT
There are three hiking options.
Easiest option: start at the parking lot labeled "END" just off Highway 88. Hike to Showers Lake for a picnic and head straight back. Amazing flower displays are visible within the first mile. This will limit the hike to under 10 miles and the elevation change will be minimal.
Moderate to Difficult: Hike from Carson Pass (Hwy 88) to Echo Summit (Hwy 50). There's roughly 1500 ft. elevation change in this westbound route.
Strenuous: Hike from Echo Summit to Carson pass. There's roughly 2500 ft. elevation change.
This trip has all the makings for a great day out: it's a beautiful drive and it can be as easy or as strenuous as you'd like it to be. Either way this is your chance to visit natural blooming gardens, alpine lakes and volcanic rock remnants. The flowers are at their peak right in the spring, but the hike is still nice all they way into fall.
From the University of Nevada Reno, go North on Virginia St. Take a left on McCarran Blvd. Follow McCarran Blvd up the hill and take a right on Leadership Rd. Follow this road for just a couple of blocks and you will see the “Keystone Canyon East Entrance Parking” on your right. Park there. This is the main access for Peavine Mtn. Peavine Mountain is the smallest mountain range in Nevada. Now a popular recreation area that is almost entirely surrounded by the neighborhoods of Greater Reno, it once served as a summer home for sheep and their herders.
From Incline Village on the Mt. Rose Highway, NV-431, drive 7.4 miles to the Tahoe Meadows trailhead parking lot on the east side of the road. The trailhead for the 1.3 miles Interpretive Loop is across the parking lot, south of the pit toilets. It is marked by an informational kiosk describing the trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail is marked by a kiosk to the west of the pit toilets. Additional parking is available on the east side of Mt. Rose highway, with access via stairs at three locations between 0.7 and 0.8 miles southwest of the trailhead parking lot. The paths that meander around Tahoe Meadows are covered with footprints and signs of mammals, and the ground is alive with masses of wildflowers and trees. The route to Diamond Peak is 11 miles and mostly level, gaining the ridge in about 300 feet and then generally following it south through forests of western white pine, lodgepole pine, red fir, and Jeffrey pine. The high point of the hike is slightly above 8,800 feet while the destination is at 8,540 feet (and has a chairlift terminus attached to it). For the most solitude, avoid even-numbered days when mountain bikes have access to this excellent trail.
Truckee River Bike Trail
The Tahoe City trailhead is located off of State Route 89 and Fairway Drive. From Interstate 80, exit south on SR 89 and proceed 12 miles to Tahoe City. About 0.25 mile after you enter Tahoe City, you will see Fairway Drive on your left. Turn here and look for parking in one of several nearby lots on your right. The Tahoe City Transit Center is another option. You can also park at SR 89 and Squaw Valley Road in the nearby park and at the ski resort. The popular Truckee River Bike Trail is an ideal rail-trail in many ways. Its smooth, flat surface provides all types of users with a scenic easy-to-negotiate route from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley. It connects to other paths for users who want a longer stroll or ride, and there are facilities for many recreational activities, such as fishing, picnicking and river rafting, along or near the trail. In the summer both the trail and river are filled with people enjoying the outdoors. The river is slow-moving during this time of year, and floating down it is a popular pastime for folks of all ages. There are several places along the trail where people can stop to fish for trout. In the springtime, the river moves quickly and the rapids swell. There aren't as many tourists here at this time, which gives the rail-trail a calmer, more tranquil feel. Embark on the trail at Tahoe City. At about 3.5 miles in, you climb a short hill and then come to the River Ranch Lodge on your left. Continuing along the trail past the lodge, you cross Alpine Meadows Road before reaching the Midway Bridge. To extend your trip from here, you can detour through Squaw Valley to the base of the ski resort. A 2.3-mile bike path runs the entire length of the valley, paralleling Squaw Valley Road and ending at the Squaw Valley USA ski resort. Near the start point in Tahoe City, the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) also connects with the Truckee River Bike Trail. The 165-mile TRT loops around the lake and offers hiking and mountain biking opportunities.
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