Ascent of Gold Mountain on 2011-02-12

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gold Mountain
    Elevation:8152 ft / 2484 m

Ascent Trip Report

The crux of this climb is driving to the trailhead. There are some roads shown on the topo, but there are lots of other roads to contend with. I approached Gold Mtn from NV Hwy 266 and then took the paved road to the picturesque mining community of Gold Point. There is also an unpaved road that goes to Lida that is ok to driving also. On the far side of Gold Point turn left on 2nd Ave, aero your odometer, and find the small sign that reads "Hardluck mine castle 10.5 miles". This is a good gravel road. At .3 mile take the right fork, at .6 mile take the right fork, at 1.0 mile take the right fork, at 4.2 miles go over a small saddle, at 5.6 miles take the left fork, and at 5.8 miles take a left turn on an unsigned lesser road. At 6.8 miles take the left fork, at 7.0 miles go straight across Oriental Wash and ignore the crossing road, drive up the alluvial fan through a Joshua Tree forest and at 9.2 miles pass 2 water tanks on the left, at 10.0 miles take the left fork, I started hitting patches of snow on the road at 7,000 ft elevation here and kept going, 12.3 miles reach a saddle at a switchback in the main road road with a lesser road to the right. Take the lesser road if you have 4WD or park and start hiking. Follow the road another .4 mile to a small sadle at 7,550 ft elevation.

Gold Mountain is the high point you can see about .7 mile to the south west. There is no trail, but the route is obvious. I just stayed close to the top of the ridge all the way to the summit. Great views from on top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:615 ft / 187 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:7537 ft / 2297 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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