OverviewWith 4290 feet of prominence, Mount Lewis is the 20th most prominent peak in the state of Nevada. Dramatically located just south of I-80, the FAA type dome is obvious when you make the drive near Battle Mountain, a town located between Elko and Winnemucca as you make your way between Salt Lake City and Reno. Almost ten thousand feet high at 9680feet of elevation, Mount Lewis is a commanding viewpoint.
Of course, the way to near the summit is fairly easy since the powers that be took the time and money to build an incredible road to a facility that dominates the mountaintop. The road is so well engineered and graded that you could drive a passenger vehicle up there although good tires is highly recommended. It seemed to be well maintained all the way to the top and there was some road work going on during our visit that was a mile or so from the top.
Yes, this is a drive up but even though it is wide enough and well graded enough, there are places where the drop off is a bit unnerving. Ten miles of mountain road await you when you leave the flats and begin the grind up to the top as you gain well over 4000 feet of elevation. So make sure your brakes and tires are in good shape if you elect to drive this. For the purists, you could most likely find a way to hike up from the flats but I won't offer any route suggestions as I will leave that aspect for those with ambitions to find such a route to the summit.
The actual summit itself is a bit to the east of the FAA facility and has a small communications structure on its flattened off summit. It is made more accessible to most people by the placement of a couple of ladders that make rock climbing to the top unnecessary.
Getting ThereFrom either Salt Lake City or Reno, drive I-80 to exit 233 which is conveniently located near a McDonalds (think food and bathroom break). From Exit 233 in Battle Mountain on I-80, go to the south side of I-80, take the first left on an unsigned road at the south end of the I-80 bridge and zero your odometer. The road makes about a 45 degree turn towards the south in about a mile and then heads very stright south. At 4.2 miles the pavement ends. The last civilization you see is a ranch on the right about 9+ miles. At 9.5 go straight, and watch for the key turnoff near 14.5 miles. Go left at an unsigned intersection towards the mountain. At about 16.5 miles the road angles up to the right and avoids going into the entrance to Horse Canyon We noticed a big Weed Control sign on the right shortly after the road makes its turn. This is a popular drive on the weekends on a mostly wide well graded road all the way to the summit so be prepared to meet traffic coming downhill. The summit facility is close to 26 and a half miles from Battle Mountain and instead of driving up to the mountain top facility with the buildings and communcation structures, watch for a turn off to the right prior to reaching the top. See the picture I have posted that will show where I parked my truck and you'll get an idea of where that road is located.
Red TapeNone that I am aware of. There is a BLM office in Battle Mountain and they might be a good resource regarding the condition of the road.
CampingYou could probably car camp not far from the summit area but I don't know why you'd need to do so. Battle Mountain has a couple of motels and there is a campground located 24 miles south of Battle Mountain:
A free campground can be found at the Mill Creek Recreation Area. The turnoffto the campground is located 20 miles south of Battle Mountain, Nevada on State Route (SR) 305 and is signed. From the turn-off you will travel four miles on a maintained gravel road to the recreation site entrance.
Mill Creek Recreation Area
Battle Mountain, NV
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The Mill Creek Recreation Area, located just 24 miles south of Battle Mountain, is far more than just a popular camping ground. In the 1930s, the historic Mill Creek was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps work camp and stone pillar remnants are still visible today at the entrance to the campground.
At an elevation of 5,200 feet, the Mill Creek campground is shaded by tall cottonwood trees and offers 11 designated tent sites, fire rings, picnic tables and nearby restrooms. It is recommended that campers bring their own firewood. There are also three recreational vehicle sites available at Mill Creek Recreation Area, but the campground does not offer electric hook-ups, potable water or dump stations. The canyon setting of Mill Creek makes it a favorite spot of many for a variety of relaxed outdoor pursuits. In addition to camping, visitors to the recreation area can picnic, hike, watch for wildlife and fish for both brook and rainbow trout. Birdwatching in particular is a favored pastime at Mill Creek Recreation Area, as the region is home to a range of birds that include great horned owls, various hawk species, belted kingfishers, woodpeckers, wrens, swallows, sparrows, hummingbirds and more.
The no-fee site is open year round.
24 mi. S of Battle Mountain via State Rt. 305
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For Moses, we used the following route posted by Dennis Poulin at peakbagger.com
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