Transportation Director, Doug Kile is managing the Dyer Athletic Project.
22ND ANNUAL SILVER PEAK OR BUST HIKE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2022, FOR FITNESS
You will meet at the corner of Eagle Road and Highway 264, 3 miles south of the Esmeralda Market and Boonies Restaurant and Bar at 5:30 AM for sign in, the start commencing at 6:00 AM. Your hike will climb almost 3,000 feet to the top of scenic McAfee Pass East over the Silver Peak Mountain range on your way to the Old School Saloon in the historic mining town of Silver Peak, Nevada. This will be the 22nd year, hikers and their sponsors will donate to Northern Nye and Esmeralda County youth activities not funded by taxpayer dollars. Contact Bill Kirby at 323-727-6959 for more information.
Although there will be on OHV safety net, maps, water, and a trail marked by while flour, hikers are on their own for the 34 miles over a wilderness trail where no services are available. Parking your cars at the Esmeralda Market or at the hike start is necessary, but transportation back from the finish is available. Donations by sponsors and participants can be made to the Esmeralda County School District, P.O. Box 129, Dyer, NV 89010. This fund is audited.
Funds are used annually to pay for meals and lodging for athletic and academic competitions and other student needs not covered in school budgets. Over $100,000.00 in donations have been used for student needs where other funding was not available, including a trip to Congress in D.C.
The hike was started in 2001 by former 3 time county commissioner Bill Kirby and current school board trustee. He completed the distance 13 times until 76 years old. Bill is a current school board member and he will mark and make water drops the day before the hike and be one of the trail angels for hiker assistance. Participants can hike, run, or mountain bike. If fit, one should be able to hike the distance in about 12 hours.