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Corey Peak and East Corey Peak
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Corey Peak and East Corey Peak

 
Corey Peak and East Corey Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.44807°N / 118.7824°W

Object Title: Corey Peak and East Corey Peak

County: Mineral

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10520 ft / 3206 m

 

Page By: hgrapid

Created/Edited: May 16, 2014 / Jul 22, 2014

Object ID: 897682

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Overview

Tahoe the dog on the summit of Corey Peak
Dogs on the summit of Corey Peak


Corey Peak 10,520’ is the 2nd highest named summit in the Wassuk Range of Western Nevada. Situated 10 miles west-southwest of Hawthorne, it is easily accessible by Nevada standards. Although a 4WD motor vehicle can reach within a couple hundred feet of the summit, 2WD passenger cars can get within 4 miles of the summit via the Lucky Boy Pass Road, making for a nice day hike.

Given that the route to the summit is via the southeast slope, hiking season generally begins in mid-April and lasts through November.  It is probably better to hike in April-May-June, September-October-November.  Late June through Labor Day are usually high temperature, making Corey Peak a less attractive outing. 

Corey Peak is often overshadowed by its larger neighbor to the north, Mount Grant 11,239’. However, access to Mount Grant is through a military base and has locked gates, and is open to the public only through permission for special events; usually one day a year. Therefore, Corey Peak is probably the best option for a good day hike in the range if wanting to hike whenever.

When hiking Corey Peak, there is an option to hike nearby East Corey Peak 10,300'. With about 575 feet of prominence, and only about 2 3/4 miles of round trip hiking to add, it is worthwhile to visit.

East Corey Peak seen from the descent from Corey Peak
East Corey Peak seen from the descent from Corey Peak


The coordinates for East Corey Peak are: 38.457813, -118.765333

Getting There

Corey Peak is accessed off Lucky Boy Pass Road, which starts just south of Hawthorne, Nevada.

Hawthorne is a small, but important town located just southwest of the large Walker Lake. US 95 heads along the west shore of the lake and into Hawthorne before heading southeast to Tonopah and Las Vegas.

Once in the town of Hawthorne, turn south on highway 359 and continue through town. About 3 miles south of town, take a right and head west on Lucky Boy Pass Road. The road is well-graded dirt, easily accessible by any 2WD automobile. Follow for about 7 miles. A rock formation comes into view, and there are two roads. One road heads south towards a mine, and the other road heads north towards Corey Peak. The elevation at the base of the road is about 7,500’.  Take a right and an immediate left at a parking area that makes up the unmarked trailhead.

Route

Corey Peak finally popping out along the road
Approaching Corey Peak from the road


From the parking area, take the road for about 2 1/2 miles up to 9,760’ to a crossroads. It is steep the whole way. Take the road as it heads to the left back towards the east face of Corey Peak.  The road doesn't gain much elevation, but eventually leads to switchbacks that lead up to the summit. The total distance one way to the summit is 4 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 3,100’. This can be shortened given the summit itself is only about ¾ miles from the turn off at 9,760’. But it is much steeper to do so.  Cutting the switchbacks is not recommended.


Heading up the final rocky stretch to the summit of Corey Peak
Final stretch to the summit of Corey Peak


To reach East Corey Peak head back to the road at 9,760’ and then head east towards the electric towers atop East Corey Peak. The road gets to the base of the summit in a little over 1/2 mile.  It is recommended you stay on the road and continue for another 3/4 miles or so to the summit. 

The road to East Corey Peak
The road to East Corey Peak's summit block


All told, the round trip distance and elevation gain for both peaks is approximately 10.6 miles and 3,680’

Red Tape

There is no red tape to hike either summit. The mountain is on public lands with no restrictions.  There are side roads that are off limits, but this isn't an issue if staying on the main road.  The Lucky Boy Pass Road may be closed during winter months if there is lots of snow.  A sign at the beginning of the road mentions the road is closed December through April, but it would be expected that the road would open by early April at the latest, if it is closed at all during March.

External Links

GO-PRO - Ride up to Corey Peak NV by Mike Mellinger on YouTube

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