Ascent to Desatoya Peak-edwards creek on 2017-07-02

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Date:Sunday, July 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Point Reached:Desatoya Peak - edwards creek
    Elevation:5787 ft / 1763 m
    Remaining Elevation:4186 ft / 1276 m (21% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

i couldn't find recent trip reports with directions to the basque summit trailhead. the SP page hasn't been updated since 2004, and it suggests coming in from the east, via smith creek ranch road. however burd wrote in 2010 that the rancher forced them to take some bypass road: and they had a horrible time with that bypass road. burd indicated they returned to the highway via a road going north (and that it was a much better drive)... and based on USGS and gmaps i guessed they must have used old overland road. so i figured i would just come in that way.

in the end it didn't matter: i drove 4.5mi south from US-50, to where the road starts to cross edwards creek... and i quickly came upon a scene of carnage: a pickup truck stuck in the mud, well beyond its axle (its owner nowhere to be seen). the road forked at this point, with the pickup truck blocking one way, but the alternate choice looked like it would also be muddy hell: there were no recent tire tracks in the mud, and when i walked on it i started sinking in.

while i did briefly entertain the notion of just shifting into low gear, putting the range rover in "mud ruts" mode, and going for it... i decided i didn't want my day to go as bad as that might entail. ever since i got stuck on rieff road i really don't like mud. so i switched over to plan B: mount augusta.
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someone had a bad day on old overland road (2017-07-02). Photo by Dean Gaudet.
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