Grimes Point and Hidden Cave |

Fallon Nevada

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Fallon Nevada

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RATING: Roadside Attraction or Moderate Hike
LENGTH: 2+ hours
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: Grimes Point, NV; Lahontan Mts, NV;
WATER: None.
SEASON: Any, hot in summer.
Sat Hi:68 Lo:46 Sun Hi:56 Lo:45 Mon Hi:65 Lo:44 Tue Hi:70 Lo:47 Wed Hi:73 Lo:48
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Grimes Point has a long history of human habitation, dating back 8000 years or more. An ancient lake, Lake Lahontan, likely provided an excellent hunting grounds, water, and marsh lands. Currently, the area is a dry, high desert region. The signs of early habitation are clear, however, in a large concentration of ancient petroglyphs at Grimes Point. This is one of the larger and older rock art sites I have seen and predates many rock art sites found in Utah and surrounding areas.

Just around the corner from Grimes Point is Hidden Cave. The cave was "discovered" by modern man in the 1920's, and has been excavated 3 times since then, most recently in 1979/80. The findings from the excavations show that between 3500 and 3800 years ago, inhabitants likely used the cave as a cache and stored goods and artifacts inside it.

The BLM offers tours of the cave:

The BLM gives free public tours of Hidden Cave on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month with the exception of any three day weekend where the Friday or Monday is a federally recognized holiday, like Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Labor Day. The tours begin at the Churchill County Museum in Fallon, at 9:30 a.m. with a special video showing, and then the group caravans out to Hidden Cave and walks up the trail to the cave entrance. The tours end by 12:00 p.m.

If you cannot make a tour, hiking the trail around and past Hidden Cave is well worth the short side trip and highly recommended, especially when combined with a visit to Grimes Point.

Getting There

From Fallon, NV travel east on US-50. About 10 miles east of downtown Fallon is the well signed Grimes Point area on the left. Just before this is the signed road to Hidden Cave. Follow the dirt road 1.3 miles to the signed trailhead and parking area for Hidden Cave. The road the Hidden Cave is dirt, but well graded and should be passable to most.


Rock Art and Historic Site Etiquette
Rock art and historic sites are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced. To ensure they are protected, please:
  • Avoid Touching the Petroglyphs: Look and observe, BUT DO NOT TOUCH!
  • Stay on the Trails: Stay on the most used trails when visiting sites, and don't create new trails or trample vegetation.
  • Photography and Sketching is Allowed: Do not introduce any foreign substance to enhance the carved and pecked images for photographic or drawing purposes. Altering, defacing, or damaging the petroglyphs is against the law -- even if the damage is unintentional.
  • Pets: Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Artifacts: If you happen to come across sherds (broken pottery) or lithics (flakes of stone tools), leave them where you see them. Once they are moved or removed, a piece of the past is forever lost.

Grimes Point
From the parking area, a short signed trail meanders through the many boulders that have petroglyphs on them. This hike, less than 1/2 mile in total, makes a great family-friendly walk that is suitable for most. The hike visits many petroglyphs and is my top recommendation for the area. Interpretive signs along the way provide more information about the area.

Want to stretch your legs a little more? From the Grimes Point parking area, a longer trail visits Grimes Point and has great views of the surrounding area. The Grimes Point trail is a bit under 1.5 miles round trip.

Hidden Cave
When we couldn't make the tour, we were tempted to pass on visiting Hidden Cave. I'm glad we didn't!

From the parking area, a well-signed trail makes a 1-mile loop visiting Picnic Cave, Hidden Cave (the outside of the cave, the cave is locked except during tours) and Burnt Cave.

For my money, I'd recommend going counterclockwise, starting with Picnic Cave and ending with Burnt Cave. The caves are interesting, and the views along the way very nice. Highly recommended. Interpretive signs along the way provide more information about the area.


Printable Maps:
Trailhead (Grimes Point)

11S 358173mE 4362590mN

N39° 24' 04" W118° 38' 50"

Grimes Point

11S 358723mE 4362710mN

N39° 24' 08" W118° 38' 27"

Trailhead (Hidden Cave)

11S 359756mE 4363439mN

N39° 24' 33" W118° 37' 44"

Picnic Cave

11S 359701mE 4363298mN

N39° 24' 28" W118° 37' 47"

Hidden Cave

11S 359924mE 4363169mN

N39° 24' 24" W118° 37' 37"

Burnt Cave

11S 360090mE 4363375mN

N39° 24' 31" W118° 37' 30"


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