OverviewNevada is full of mountain ranges and peaks that most people will never even be aware of as they travel the few highways that criss cross the state. Only a peakbagger, a prominence or range peakbagger would be interested in this mountain but nevertheless, its presence attracts a few who will seek out the summit of this mountain. Hopefully this page will help those who seek this one out. The summit register held more names than usual but overall, this is still a lonely place in west central Nevada.
With 2099' of prominence, Mount Ferguson comes in at the 149th most prominent peak in the state of Nevada (see this list) Here is a link to the peakbagger page and also a link to the List of John page.
This mountain was named in honor of Henry G. Ferguson who served with the USGS from 1911 to 1959 and who spent a fair amount of time studying the geology of the area that this mountain is found in.
Getting ThereFrom Tonopah or the Reno area, find your way on US highway 95 to a junction with Nevada highway 361 near the small town of Luning. Turn onto 361 and drive for about 11 miles (not exact) to a turnoff for an unmarked dirt road that I have given a waypoint on the included map. There was a gravel pile near the turnoff which may or may not be there at a later date. Drive to a "T" intersection and take the left fork. Again, see the maps for waypoints and then drive about 1.5 miles and watch for a dirt track heading north. This will turn into a wash that we were able to drive although very rough in places and requiring 4WD & high clearance as we headed towards Cliff Spring where we finally parked and started our hike from. See Maps for clarification.
RouteFrom where we parked, our route gained about 1400' in two miles. Four miles roundtrip but for some reason it took as long to do the descent as it did the ascent. Weird. See map two in pic section for more info.
Ken Jones had this description in his report on peakbaggers:
"Drove from NV 361 just south of Petrified Summit. There is a wide spot with (at the time of this writing) a large gravel pile at the turnoff. Went NW to T-intersection, turned left and went SW. Northwest of hill 6829 turned right and headed to Petrified Wash. Followed the tracks/jeep trail in the wash (definite clearance, 4WD to get as far as we did) to a little over 7000' near Cliff Spring.
Walked from here (see GPS track) past the spring (dry) and up to the ridge at a spot NE of point 7946. Took the ridge to the top. Came back below (south of) the ridge, but I wouldn't recommend that route."
Red TapeNone that I am aware of. I believe all of the land we traveled on was on BLM land.
BLM Battle Mountain District Office
50 Bastian Road | Battle Mountain NV 89820 | 775-635-4000
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