OverviewCain Mountain is ranked #57 on the Nevada P2k list. It is located in the Augusta mountain range where Churchill, Lander and Pershing counties converge. The route is a road hike to the base and then cross country to the summit.
Cliff Bands and summit plateau Fenceline road to Cain Mountain Home Station Gap is a good starting place for both Cain and Moses mountains. To get there take Hwy 305 north about 40 miles out of Austin, or from Interstate 80 take Hwy 305 south from Battle Mountain. Just north of mile marker 72 there is an Antelope Valley sign, turn west on a well graded gravel road and follow for 10 miles to a left bearing curve about 1.5 miles past the Cottonwood Ranch. At the curve take a right on a dirt road that shortly goes through a cattle guard and then curves west, follow for 4.5 miles to Home Station Gap,elev. 5100ft, there is ample parking in a grassy area. I recommend a high clearance vehicle on the 4.5 miles of dirt road, 4wd isnt necessary unless the road is wet or snow covered.
The route starts at a fenceline road heading west for about 3.5 miles into a canyon, from there I climbed a ridge off to my left. Above you see the cliff bands that look intimidating but I traversed along the base to a gap that led to the summit plateau. The route was mostly class I with some class II through the rocky gap around 8000ft.
Red TapeNo red tape that I know of. There are many ranches in the area, but I did not encounter any "No Trespassing signs" on my hikes.
CampingI car camped at Home Station Gap.