Ascent of Mount Callaghan on 2009-10-30

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Friday, October 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Callaghan
    Elevation:10187 ft / 3104 m

Ascent Trip Report

Iowa Canyon Rd, approx. 18 miles from SR 305 to summit, will get you to within a few hundred feet of the summit which has an electronics tower and building.
Directions: From highway 50 near Austin head north on SR 305 for 26.2 miles to Iowa Canyon Rd at Mile Marker 57, or SR305 south from Battle Mountain and I-80. This is a good gravel road but watch out for sharp rocks, follow for 2.2 miles to a signed junction with Hall Creek Rd, turn right follow for another 1.5 miles and you will see a gate posted "No Trespassing" this leads to the Iowa Canyon ranch. Turn right and cross over a cattle guard this is where the road becomes hardpacked dirt but suitable for cars during dry conditions, follow for 1.6 miles to another cattle guard, soon the reservoir will be off to the left as you enter the canyon. The road travels east then curves around to the south. There are several creek crossings,some were dry, others minimal water but conditions may be worse early in the season. Also use caution as many sections of the road shoulder have been eroded away as the creek meanders both on the right and left sides, some of these drops are over 20 feet! At about 7400ft the road steepens in sections as it heads up a ridgline to the summit plateau requiring 4WD. I parked my car at a turnoff just passed the second cattle guard. I could have drove further if not for impending darkness. You will have to judge how far you want to drive. It is a walk up, but I gave ascent quality a 2 due to the length of travel(13miles), also I hiked during the night under a waxing gibbous moon and made the summit just passed midnight, 1-2 inches of snow on the ground above 8000ft.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4112 ft / 1253 m
    Distance:26 mi / 41.8 km
    Route:Iowa Canyon Rd
    Trailhead:Iowa Canyon Rd/near resevoir  6075 ft / 1851 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:7 Hours 25 Minutes

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