Ascent of Donnelly Peak on 2012-04-15

Climber: Caleb Morris

Date:Sunday, April 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Donnelly Peak
    Elevation:8533 ft / 2600 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was more difficult than it needed to be. I tried a couple driving approaches from the west, and ended up hiking up one of the steeper sides of the mountain because I got impatient and didnt follow the road to its end. Beautiful conditions and snow the last 800 feet or so. Unable to find a register on summit.

I think the quickest approach is to drive Highway 34 north out of Gerlach until reaching the Willow Creek turn off Just past the Swingle Ranch, and then following Barley Road down into Donnelly Valley. If you stay on the most obvious road, it leads ultimately to some diggings on the 7000 foot level of the mountain. Important note, the southern half of Barley Road, looks like a quicker more direct route, but the quality of the road is far worse.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:west slope
    Start Trailhead:6033 ft / 1838 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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