Ascent of Mount Lewis on 2007-09-21

Climber: Edward Earl

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Date:Friday, September 21, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lewis
    Elevation:9680 ft / 2950 m

Ascent Trip Report

In Battle Mtn on I-80 we took exit 229 onto NV-305. A short distance S of the interchange, we turned left on Old 8A. Note or zero your odometer at this point. At 1.0 miles, the road bends right and becomes the road that is identified as Jenkins Rd on Delorme, though it is not signed as such in the field. At 4.1 miles, the pavment ends at Presidential Blvd. At 9.5 miles, go straight at a Y-Jct. At 10.3 miles, the road bends right. At 14.2 miles is a cattle guard which signals your upcoming unsigned left turn at a triangle intersection at 14.6 miles. At 16.7 miles, a side road continues straight ahead up Horse Canyon. We stayed on the main road, which turns right and begins climbing. At 24.5 miles is a small saddle where I began Earlizing the climb at ~8620'. At 26.3 miles, we reached the saddle immediately SE of the radio towers where a rough side road turns right and heads toward the true summit, about 1/3 mile E of the radio towers. The road eventually fades just NW of the summit, and a metal stairway, probably intended for use by service personnel, climbs the last 25' to the top of the rocky summit, which is occupied by a small radio shack.

The road to the main radio facility is smooth and wide and is easily passable by any street-legal vehicle. The rougher side road to the true summit would require high clearance.

If approaching the area from the S, it is 67 miles N on NV-305 from the junction with US-50 near Austin to the turnoff onto "Jenkins Rd", which is identified in the field by a BLM sign that says "Mill Creek Recreation Area 4". Zero your odometer at this turn. At 1.0 miles, the road bends left. At 1.5 miles, continue straight ahead at a slightly oblique intersection at a stop sign. At 6.2 miles, make the right turn onto the summit road and continue the instructions above starting at the 14.6 mile point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1060 ft / 323 m
    Total Elevation Loss:480 ft / 146 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1060 ft / 323 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Start Trailhead:8620 ft / 2627 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:480 ft / 146 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:9200 ft / 2804 m

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