Ascent of McAfee Peak on 2011-08-22

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Dean Molen -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, August 22, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McAfee Peak
    Elevation:10438 ft / 3181 m

Ascent Trip Report

To find the trailhead for McAfee Pk you have to locate county road 732 that runs between Hwy 225 and Hwy 226 north of Elko and south of Wild Horse Reservoir. This is a good road and 2WD should be fine in the summer. On the west side of the North Fork Jack Creek Summit find the road goiing up Dorsey Creek at a sharp bend in the road. This road is not for amateurs. If you have 2WD, go back to the Jack Creek Summit and hike from there. This Dorsey Creek Road is steep with a huge deep rut down the middle that you have to straddle. We drove up 1.0 mile took a right fork, passed a shepherd's camp site, then took another right turn before parking 1.5 mile from road 732. Our elevation where we parked was about 8,750 ft.

We car camped for the night and the next morning, started hiking up the road. We stayed on the road for less than a half mile and then started angling to the left up the wildflower and grassy slopes. Our objective was to make an ascending traverse to the ridgeline at about 9750 ft. There is some route finding to stay off the talus and out of the brush, but overall it was easy going and the footing was good as we ascended. Once on the ridgeline stay on top of it all the way to the summit. There is some talus to contend with but it is easier hiking on the top of the ridge rather than traversing across it. Great views.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1850 ft / 563 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:8588 ft / 2617 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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