Ascent of Mount Lewis on 2014-08-08

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Mike Brush
Date:Friday, August 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Lewis
    Elevation:9680 ft / 2950 m

Ascent Trip Report

TRs by Dennis Poulin and Edward Earl are most helpful for the approach from Battle Mountain. The wide, well graded dirt road for the final 10-mile climb from the Weed Control sign to Mt. Lewis is in unexpectedly first-class condition. A passenger car should have no trouble ascending to the large, flat area (9,601') near the summit, which is topped by a very large FAA radar dome and auxiliary facilities. Two technicians were already at work for the day when we arrived at 8:30A. We then drove back a short distance to park at the saddle from which a rougher side road approaches the actual summit. A high-clearance vehicle should have no trouble driving up this spur. It ends below the rocky summit outcropping, which is conveniently accessed by two well-secured metal ladders. Great views of the general mountainous area, though unfortunately marred by the man-made construction. Cattle noted from upper part of the drive.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:75 ft / 22 m
    Route:Mt. Lewis Rd-near drive-up
    Trailhead:9605  9605 ft / 2927 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Good weather, moderate haze

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