Esmeralda NV county high point & NV state high point
Late last year I decided that I’d take a shot at the lottery for a day use pass for Mt Whitney. After getting one I came up with a tentative plan to hike (and as always do some running) the highpoints in adjoining Nevada and Arizon. Armed with maps and trip reports and an aggressive itinerary I met up with teammates Eric M, Dan V, Rod V, Hungarian mountain guide Robert M, and long-time friend Doug D.
We didn’t mind the extra hike on the dirt road; it just meant a little more run-able terrain (for the return trip). It took us 22 minutes to reach the trailhead. I really enjoyed the next part to the saddle. The conditions were perfect – sunny and not too hot. We all hiked in shorts and long sleeve t-s to start then went short sleeves by the time we hit the saddle (1:43).
The tough climbing began after that. I found a couple of parts to be what I classify as “scary” (some would classify me as a weenie). I had a little trouble on the rockier stuff, trying to find a decent grip and keep panic at bay. We hit the summit in 3:41, then spent 20 minutes on top taking pictures and signing the log book.
|Just below the tougher stuff|
I felt a lot more comfortable on the descent. That seemed odd to me, usually descending is trickier…go figure. Eric and Rod blasted ahead once we hit the scree slope but they waited for us in the saddle. It took us 1:22 to descend to the saddle and another 1:19 to get back to the car for a total time of 4:34 (including the 20 minutes on top). Eric, Rod, and I finished a bit earlier as we ran the last 2 miles or so and then we finished out the visit to Boundary with a 6+ mile run down to Highway 6. It was hot and we were tired but it was a fine end to the day.
|The long road in|
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