Ascent of Mount Jefferson on 2013-07-05

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Kelley Laxamana
Brian Smith
Gloria Miladin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Jefferson
    Elevation:11941 ft / 3639 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Los Angeles area, we drove up to and camped at the Pine Creek Campground, which has 10 campsites, a stream and a clean outhouse, and is also the trailhead. To get there from Tonopah, take Highway 6 east 5 miles, then turn left (north) on Highway 376 and after 13 miles turn right (north) on Highway 82, then drive 19 miles to the small town of Belmont. From where the pavement ends in Belmont, drive north 17.7 miles on an excellent dirt road to a 4-way junction; turn left (west) here and continue 1.4 miles as the road turns north to a T intersection, then turn left (west), passing a sign for the campground along the way, and drive 2.5 miles to where the road ends at the Pine Creek campground.

The next day, the four of us left the campground about 6:45 am and hiked up a good trail alongside Pine Creek through a very nice forest. Along the way, Brian counted 13 stream crossings, which were no problem this time of year. After about 4 miles, we turned south at a trail junction and made our way over to about 11,000’ in elevation along the northeast slope of Mount Jefferson. The 1971 Mount Jefferson, Nevada Topographic map shows that the trail continues up to about 11,600’ in elevation, but it has long since disappeared. Nonetheless, we made our way up the peak’s northeast slope all the way to the summit, arriving at noon. The summit has a number of antennas and a boxlike structure on top; in addition, the summit did not have a register can or book.

The group left the top around 12:30 pm, angling down just below the northwest ridge of Mount Jefferson to our next objective, the middle summit of Mount Jefferson. The going was relatively easy going down to an 11,400’ plateau and then over and up to the middle summit, where we arrived around 1:30 pm. Again, the summit did not contain a register can or book. We left the summit at 1:55 pm, made our way back to the trail and then back to the cars, where we arrived at 5:30 p.m.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4975 ft / 1515 m
    Elevation Loss:4975 ft / 1515 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4490 ft / 1368 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Pine Creek Trail/ NE slope
    Trailhead:Pine Creek Campground  7451 ft / 2271 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4975 ft / 1515 m
    Extra Gain:485 ft / 147 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Pine Creek Trail/NE Slope
    Trailhead:Pine Creek Campground  7451 ft / 2271 m

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