Ascent of Catnip Mountain on 2013-05-21

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Catnip Mountain
    Elevation:7294 ft / 2223 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Catnip from Hwy 140 not far from the OR/NV border. There is a signed good gravel road that leaves Hwy 140 that is signed for Cedarville (71 miles)and this is road 8A. Drive 5 miles to a fork where road 34 goes right and 8A goes left. I think you can get to Catnip going either way by taking a variety of roads, but I took the left fork, went an additional 1.8 miles to a lesser road signed for Gooch Spring. Zero your odometer and at 0.3 miles go straight through a camp area at Gooch Spring, at 2.9 miles reach the top of a ridge and go straight. From here on you will need high clearance on a rougher rocky road. At 3.9 miles go left, and at 5.1 miles after some rough driving you reach the top of another ridge that has "Catnip" benchmark in some rocks on the high point. This is not the high point of the peak. Continue straight, turn right at 5.3 miles and then park in a saddle at 5.5 miles.

I hiked out the ridge to the west to the highpoint that is marked by benchmark "Cat". Easy hiking on rolling hills. The peak can be approached from the peak marked with benchmark "Nip" also, but I didn't explore that route. There are some unmapped jeep roads in the area that could be followed to within a third of a mile of the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:6894 ft / 2101 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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