Solitude Canyon~Diamond Peak
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 8,450-foot peak is situated above the shore of Incline Village. The resort has 6 chair lifts, 30 runs, open glades and tree skiing in 655-acres of terrain. It has a vertical drop of 1,840 feet. The mountain was purchased by the owners, who operated a ski resort at Mount Rose in the 60's. They wanted a region that would have premium snow conditions, so they bought the land in 1985. In November of 1987, Diamond Peak Ski Resort opened for business. The name is deceiving, since there are no peaks with this name at the region. The view of the lake is "priceless as a diamond", hence the name Diamond Peak.
Directly below the peak in Solitude Canyon. The director and crew filmed stock footage of the cast and stunt doubles to be used down the stretch of the series. They returned to Solitude in June of 1962 to film the outdoor segments for "The Quest." In June of 1965, they returned again to film outdoor chase segments of the main cast and guest stars for "The Lonely Runner". These shots would be edited in with the other locales for the final print to be aired.
The last time filming would take place at Solitude Canyon would be in September 1967, while filming some segments for "Desperate Passage" at the creek with Michael Landon and Bob Miles doing the knife fight and some other shots, all cut in with other nearby locales for the final cut. As usual, the cast would do ride-throughs and creek-crossings at the canyon, a seasonal chore when filming outdoors for 'Bonanza'.
Diamond Peak is featured on 'Bonanza' during its fourth season when
the cast, guest stars, and crew traveled to film outdoor portions of "The
Quest" and other location footage in the summer of 1962. The actual film
site which was a logging flume that Bill Anderson's construction crew
helped build for the episode, which was located on a large clearing that
overlooked Lake Tahoe and Crystal Bay, curtained off by tall pines and
timbered mountain peaks. Unfortunately many decades after "The Quest" was
filmed there, in the 1970's urban development was established on this arm
of the peak.
Anyone can drive up Tirol Drive to the top and see the same view as Little Joe did in "The Quest", but things have certainly changed. Overlooking beautiful Crystal Bay at the summit to the north, and looking south, you can also see the east shore of the lake, with Sand Harbor visible, and also the peninsulas of Secret Harbor and Skunk Harbor some 15 miles to the southeast.
DIRECTIONS: From Incline Village, travel on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, SR
28, and proceed past the Ponderosa Ranch park, and when you come to
Country Club Drive, make a right turn onto Country Club. As you wind by
the Incline Village golf course, you will slow down long enough to make a
right turn on First Green Drive. Stay on this street until it merges into
Ski Way Drive, and the road will end at the Diamond Peak ski lodge and
you are there.
DIRECTIONS (from Reno): Going along the 395 corridor out of Reno by some 20 miles, you turn right onto the Mount Rose Highway and drive over the summit, all the way down to Incline Village. Make a left on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, SR 28, and follow it until you see Country Club Drive, and make a left turn onto Country Club. Winding alongside the Incline Village golf course, you will slow long enough to make a right turn on First Green Drive, which merges into Ski Way Drive, which ends at the ski lodge below Diamond Peak, and you are there.
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