Ascent of Donnelly Peak on 2011-06-24

Climber: Brad Boester

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Donnelly Peak
    Elevation:8533 ft / 2600 m

Ascent Trip Report

Directions: I-80 take exit 46 at Fernley (fuel up, the Gerlach gas station may not be open). Head north on State Route 447 for 77 miles to the small village of Gerlach. Just passed town take a right onto paved highway 34 for 12 miles to the junction with Soldier Meadows road (right fork). This is a good graded gravel and dirt road that requires high clearance and is washboarded and sandy in a few spots. I did not need 4wd but I would not want to travel when the road is wet. In 25.8 miles from the soldier meadows rd jct you will see a sign for Wheeler Ranch and another sign stating "Soldier Meadows Ranch 21 miles". Just passed here take a left on a high clearance dirt road heading SW then west for 2.5 miles to the end at the wilderness boundary at 4500ft. I crossed the creek here and headed SW up to a ridgeline then worked west to point 5685. Continuing west, I crossed a road at a 6500ft saddle,
climbed up to point 6820 and proceeded to sidehill around some rock outcroppings(class II with some ups and downs), working my way around the ridgeline towards the NW to the summit. It is open grasslands with scattered knee high sagebrush. Donnelly creek was flowing strong and there were a few snowfields still left.Observed golded eagles and pronghorn. No summit register.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4483 ft / 1366 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4483 ft / 1366 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16.2 mi / 26.1 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4483 ft / 1366 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Donnelly Creek Road/East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Soldier Meadows Road  4050 ft / 1234 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4483 ft / 1366 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.3 km
    Route:Donnelly Creek Road/East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Soldier Meadows Road  4050 ft / 1234 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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