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Ascent of Lee Peak on 2016-08-18

Climber: Eric Morrill

Date:Thursday, August 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lee Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11025 ft / 3360 m

Ascent Trip Report

Robert Morrill and I drove from SF / Oakland to Elko on the 16th, staying the night at the charmingly inexpensive Centre Motel. The next morning we relaxedly got up, hitting the trailhead controlled by the Spring Valley Association pretty late, and backpacking up the trail beyond Griswald Lake and to the small body of water that appears on the map just South of it, at a slightly higher elevation. This was a nice campsite, which we baptized "Eagle's Landing," and water was abundant in a small stream near the lake, which itself was inaccessible, indeed invisible from our camp, due to thick growth surrounding the small basin. The next morning, we continued up the trail that led up the hillside to the east, to a saddle at about 10,200'. To this point, cairns were all over, and the trail was clear. I'd been up a path (also with Robert Morrill) about ten years ago to the saddle between Ruby Dome and Ruby Pyramid, which I believe cut across the upper part of a lush, green valley to the southeast from this saddle (and requiring only minimal descent), but we followed the cairns up the ridge directly to the south, at times slowly due to the fact that only certain ledges were easily passable and that the cairns were at times well-hidden. Eventually we reached the rocky ridge between Ruby Dome and Lee Peak, crossing the ridge first to Lee and then up to Ruby, before retracing our path (or trying to), camping one more night at our site, and then hiking out the next morning. Nearly on the peak of Lee, I caught a quick glimpse of five horned animals (which looked, surprisingly, like antelope).
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