Ascent of Troy Peak on 2019-09-06
|Date:||Friday, September 6, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11298 ft / 3443 m|
Ascent Trip ReportATTENTION: New Route
I decided to take a chance and try for a summit from the old ghost town of Troy on the west side of the Grant Range. I knew a fire had changed the character of the eastern approach and decided I wanted more of an adventure, also the large limestone cliffs of the upper peak face west and a very aesthetic from railroad valley and along the approach. In addition there is a large bristlecone grove spanning miles on this side of the range with some very impressively sized trees, some of the largest I have come across though I do not know their age. Near the ridge many large grotesque and sculpted trees are also found. I prefer it to the groves on the more famous Great Basin National park and I didnt even get to explore it in detail as this is already a demanding and rugged hike from this direction. In short if you head this way it is rewarding, but you will need a high clearance 4x4, do not try to drive up to the old mine shafts along the South Fork, the road is impassable and you might as well save the hassle of getting stuck like I did for 3 hours in the loose alluvial cobble mess. That said the old road is very nice to hike on until a half mile or so below the old shafts at 8600 ft. There are some old brick foundations and shafts there with lots of old machinery and cowboy garbage around, but a fire and windfall has made a mess of the place. Of note there is a complete 4 point deer skull on the northern adit in the Caltopo maps if anybody wants it. It was still grubby and had fur on it when I was there, but that will inevitably change. Above the old shaft, just head up the spur ridge, I stayed in the drainage on the way up, but it gets choked out and is not efficient, thought there is water available here and some rare flowers. Enjoy the upper bristlecone forest, it is breathtaking and worthy of further exploration on its own. Great views as expected on top. After looking at the eastern approach and its burnt out husk I can safely say that the this western route is much more aesthetic and worthy of consideration for future peakbaggers. Remember what got you into bagging peaks in the first place, exploration and adventure, not just ticking it off the list as fast as you can.
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