Ascent of Mount Jefferson on 2013-05-25

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:Jen Chapman
Susan Murphy
Susan Murphy
rraine wajda
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Jefferson
    Elevation:11941 ft / 3639 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left Las Vegas at six a.m. and drove all the way to the TH at Jefferson Summit, stopping briefly for gas in Tonopah. The paved road turns to good dirt at Belmont. There's about five miles and some change to the turn off (once signed, but now the sign is laying on the ground). The road up to the trail head is good until the last mile or so, when it became rutted and rocky. Nothing more than high clearance was necessary. However, if the road was wet I wouldn't recommend it. We started hiking around 11:00, more or less. It's pretty straight forward, as you can see the summit from all parts of the hike. There is a jeep trail at first, then a faint use trail that is well cairned. The little residual snow that was still near the summit was easily by-passed. Beautiful views all around. The mountain itself is particularly handsome. Although the track doesn't show it, I also passed over peak 11,560. My GPS unit shut itself off because the batteries were low (the straight line you see on the return track). We camped over night in a meadow back down the road and off to the left at a Y intersection about a 1000' lower. It was a perfect place to camp. The next morning we drove over to the Table Mountain TH and climbed it too.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1035 m
    Distance:10.1 mi / 16.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Cool, windy, and increasing cloud cover.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1035 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.1 km
    Trailhead:8741 ft / 2664 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.1 km
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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