Ascent of Snowflower Mountain on 2012-09-09

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Sunday, September 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snowflower Mountain
    Elevation:10243 ft / 3122 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trails and trailheads on the topo map does not reflect the new trails that now exist in this area. One can get the new maps by googling Mount Rose Wilderness. Snowflower Mtn is on the Great Basin Peaks List.

I drove up Hwy 431 towards Mt. Rose summit and turned off north on Timberline Rd. to the Thomas Creek trailhead. Rather than park at the trailhead indicated on signs, I turned west up a dirt road that follows Thomas Creek upstream. In a high clearance vehicle, one can drive all the way 2.7 miles more to the alternate trailhead for Thomas Creek. Most passenger vehicles could probably make it to a four-way intersection, about 2.5 miles in, where the road to the trailhead continues down to the creek and crosses two creekbeds and rocky dirt road to a large turn-around area. A sign indicates where the trail is.

I followed the trail for about 5 miles to a ridgeline marked on the map I got online as 9780 ft. Here I left the trail and followed the ridge south for half a mile to the summit of Snowflower Peak (mistakenly called Sunflower Peak on some topo maps). There was the occasional use trail and ducks along the way. Nice view of Mt. Rose and the Sierras to the north. Cam back down the same way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3143 ft / 957 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Thomas Creek trail and north ridge of peak
    Trailhead:Alternate Thomas Creek TH  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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