Ascent of Grayback Mountain on 2018-10-14

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Grayback Mountain
    Elevation:7500 ft / 2286 m

Ascent Trip Report

Walking, I re-entered the wash, quickly took 2 right forks, and exited left into the tall sagebrush. I was expecting to pick up some cowtrails, but found nothing good. It wasn't difficult to walk through; just tedious with constant zigzagging. But in 200ft, I entered the recent burn area; the next 1/2mi every sage was burnt to the ground, only a few burnt junipers still standing. For this reason, if you can reach this area, now is the easiest time to bag this. I walked across the burned flat curving right of the bigger burned hill. At the end of the burn, I curved left, briefly through some more sagebrush, then up a gradual slope through junipers, easy to walk around. The final slope was somewhat steep and open.

On return, I went to the right (NW) side of the burn and went through the final sage where fire vehicles have mashed down a path back to the wash. I suppose my Jeep could have driven this (and easily across the burn), but it will recover quickly. The brush wasn't killed, just smashed to the ground. Still made for easy walking.

Off of NV-361, roughly 21mi N of Gabbs or 11mi S of US-50
@ 39.13813,-118.02040, go NE on good dirt road, reset odometer
@ 0.7mi fork left on better road (E then NE)
@ 6.2mi fork left staying ENE
@ 6.4mi stay straight, then big curve left & sharp curve right away from corral, now N
SUV-clearance and 4WD may be needed shortly
@ 6.7mi on saddle fork right (NE)
@ 7.1mi turn right on lesser road; it soon gets some medium-high brush and enters wash
this wash has deep gravel, 4WD recommended, and gradually deepens and narrows, but surprisingly not bad to drive; a few
rocks need good clearance
@ 8.3mi and lone juniper on right, make short steep climb on right from wash
firefighters have recently cut out of the tall sagebrush enough room for 8 vehicles
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1136 ft / 345 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1136 ft / 345 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:clr; viz 80mi; breezy; cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1107 ft / 337 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1066 ft / 325 m; Extra: 41 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:41 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:S rij from SW side
    Start Trailhead:39.184319,-117.903240  6434 ft / 1961 m
    Time:48 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1095 ft / 333 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1066 ft / 325 m; Extra: 29 ft / 8m
    Gain on way out:29 ft / 8 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    End Trailhead:39.184319,-117.903240  6434 ft / 1961 m
    Time:32 Minutes
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