Ascent of Piper Peak on 2007-11-22

Climber: Edward Earl

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Date:Thursday, November 22, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Piper Peak
    Elevation:9450 ft / 2880 m

Ascent Trip Report

On NV-264, one mile N of the gas station in Dyer and immediately south of MP 9, we turned E onto Fremont Rd, which is well-graded gravel. Zero your odometer at this turn. At 1.1 miles the road makes a 90° left turn. At 2.1 miles we turned right. At 3.3 miles the main road makes a 45° turn right (a smaller side road continues straight ahead). At 6.4 miles, bear left at a triangle intersection. At 7.8 miles, the road enters McAfee Canyon. At 11.5 miles (7260') is an obscure side road on the left. A good camping spot lies a short distance up this road by two abandoned stock watering tanks. Staying on the main road, at 11.6 miles is an even more obscure side road on the left. It branches off at an oblique angle, is bermed off, and is partly overgrown; only an ATV could navigate it. The hiking route proceeds up this road.

We hiked N up the undriveable side road, gaining a few hundred feet up a canyon bottom until the road ends at a spring at 7650'. Beyond this point we continued through brush, which ended after a few minutes as we continued up the now roadless, trailless canyon bottom. At 7900', the canyon forks; we took the right fork and soon gained a saddle at 8050'. After a short break, we climbed N up a moderate slope, which became somewhat rocky as we approached the rim of the broad, sprawling summit plateau of Piper Pk at 8700'. From here it is an easy stroll to the 9460' summit, which is marked by two rock piles separated by a saddle. The SW rockpile, which is about 10' higher, has a register. The NE rockpile harbors the 9450' benchmark.

We drove away from Piper Peak using a route that would be preferred for someone approaching from the south. For this route, the directions would be as follows. On NV-264, at MP 1 (just 1 mile from the CA border), turn due N on Yolumne Rd. Hi-Bar road proceeds E from here. At 0.9 mile, proceed straight ahead across Windmill Rd. At 1.9 miles, continue straight ahead at a 4-way intersection. At 2.9 miles, Yolumne turns to McAfee. At 3.4 miles, another road joins in from the right at a very shallow angle. At 5.1 miles, bear right at the 3-way intersection (which is at the 6.4 mile point of the north approach). Enter McAfee Canyon at 6.5 miles and find the two obscure side roads at 10.2 and 10.3 miles.

Except for the hiking route, all roads described herein are smooth, graded, and navigable by any street legal vehicle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2190 ft / 667 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:McAfee Canyon  7260 ft / 2212 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes

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