Ascent of Hollow Rock Peak on 2014-09-30

Climber: Richard Hensley

Others in Party:AtBF
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hollow Rock Peak
    Elevation:5950 ft / 1813 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started just off of NV160 about 9.5 mi west of the junction with NV159. Google Earth labels it Mater Mea Pl; it's directly across from Forest Road 989; I don't think either was signed. L/L is 36 00.850'n, 115 29.991'w. Three gravel roads head out NWerly to Nerly; we started out with the right one. The road took us up a ridge, passing by a radio tower, to intersect the highest ridge in the area. There, we went right on a singletrack along the crest and over the highest point on the hike, Peak 6156. We continued SEerly along the crest, eventually getting onto the familiar cream sandstone. The route eventually became class 2 to 3, with options on the south side to avoid most anything you didn't like. We made it over to the large dark brown summit block that gives this point its name. It has a large crack going into it that is useless for climbing it. You have to climb the outside of it, and I'd call it 10-15 ft of class 4. The holds are there, but they're small, making its descent especially difficult. I definitely would not have climbed it by myself. But then again, I'm not a rock climber. But with spotters below, it wasn't too bad.
So was it a climb or a scramble? I'm gonna call it a climb, because I've done a lot of scrambling, and I have to give it some descriptor beyond that. True climbers may say if it doesn't require a rope, it's not a climb. But this was a group of 19 mostly scramblers with a lot of experience in Red Rock Canyon, but only 5 or 6 chose to make the final climb.
On our return, the group likes to return a different way. That's the south half of my GPS track. The intent was to drop down off the crest and pick up a gravel road that switchbacks down to a powerline road. But we dropped down too early. And once headed the wrong way, group dynamics (fast scramblers bolting ahead, and non-scramblers not wanting to turn back) kept us working our way into, around, and down the first sandstone bowl. There were many ways to go, but all of them difficult for those unable to scramble over and down rocks. So it took us 95 minutes just to reach the powerline road, same as our entire ascent! Unless you're a sandstone-scrambling junkie, you don't want to follow this route.
Upon further review, here's the way we intended to go. Stay on the crest, crossing the gold band of rock, then the maroon, and over the first dark gray limestone knob. Upon dropping back down into the maroon sandstone, then turn left from the crest, but STAY IN THE MAROON around the rim of another bowl, until reaching the gravel road that switchbacks down to the powerline. Do not descend into the cream-colored sandstone.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1783 ft / 542 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1792 ft / 546 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1007 ft / 306 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 482 ft / 147 m; Extra: 525 ft / 160m
    Loss on way in:525 ft / 160 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:W-NW ridge
    Start Trailhead:NV160  5468 ft / 1666 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1267 ft / 386 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 491 ft / 150 m; Extra: 776 ft / 236m
    Gain on way out:776 ft / 236 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:S bowl then powerline road
    End Trailhead:NV160  5459 ft / 1663 m
    Time:2 Hours 33 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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