Ascent of Mount Hamilton on 2010-07-29

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Hamilton
    Elevation:10745 ft / 3275 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US 50 just east of White Pine county milemarker 22 take a right turn(south) onto a graded road signed for "Green Springs" follow this 2wd road for 3.5 miles to a "y" jct, take the right fork for Green Springs and follow for another 11.6 miles to a rough high clearance road signed for "Monte Cristo". Follow this road for 3 miles to the ruins of Monte Cristo (a large crumbling brick smelter is all thats left). Park here, elevation 7300ft.There are several side roads here and some are marked private. I followed a road that headed east and started up the ravine due east of the ruins, it will switchback up the hill to mineworkings at point 9628ft. From here you can see the summit ridgeline, just pick your way up through trees and low brush to the ridgeline and follow it due south to the summit. If you take the mine road that works its way west of point 10724 and ends at elevation of 10100ft, you will be closer to the summit but it is a steep climb on loose rock and soil, I dont recommend it.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4195 ft / 1279 m
    Elevation Loss:4195 ft / 1279 m
    Distance:12.7 mi / 20.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4195 ft / 1279 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:West Slopes/North ridge
    Trailhead:Monte Cristo  6550 ft / 1996 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4195 ft / 1279 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:West Slopes/North ridge
    Trailhead:Monte Cristo  6550 ft / 1996 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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