at an elevation of 8,290 feet (2,527 m) is a tiny, sub-alpine lake
less than a mile away from the summit of the
Jones Creek/Whites Creek Loop Trail.
This pond shows a significantly
fluctuating water level.
The pond was nearly dried up at the end of summer 2016.
The high snowpack level of the winter/spring season of 2017—the
highest since 2011—resulted in a large amount of meltwater
appreciately filling up the water hole again.
(also written Church's Pond)
is—like Church Peak (the north summit of Mt. Rose)—named in honor of
hydrologist James Edward Church,
who is known for developing the
Mt. Rose snow sampler to accurately
measure the water content of snow (see, for example, the
UNR biographical note in
“A Guide to the Papers of James Edward Church”).
Water supply forecasting has always been
important for the Reno-Tahoe area and Church Pond's water level serves
as an instructive indicator for the local water supply outlook.