Welcome to SP!  -
Mt. Grant

Mt. Grant

Mt. Grant

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.57000°N / 118.7915°W

Object Title: Mt. Grant

Elevation: 11239 ft / 3426 m


Page By: ScottyS

Created/Edited: Feb 23, 2004 / May 10, 2015

Object ID: 152357

Hits: 22732 

Page Score: 91.14%  - 34 Votes 

Vote: Log in to vote


Get Familiar! --- Overview

EDIT: In the deep past, Mt Grant was used for infantry training (spent blank cartridges are a common find on the lower slopes). During the last decade, the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot has been expanded once again for multi-agency use, and there are several live-fire ranges along the lower eastern mountain front. High-angle live fire training is exercised around Rocket Mountain, a complex approximately 15mi to the SE of Mt. Grant. It is unknown if true live fire is currently present on the mountain itself, however given the current levels of training activity on the Depot and security restrictions, obtaining permission through base security to access the summit should be considered mandatory.

UPDATE April 2015: The Reno Gazette Journal reports that the Army is actually going to open 'the gate' to Mt. Grant for hikers:

When significant Nevada peaks are considered, Mt. Grant makes the short list for many reasons. At ~11,270', it is one of the 25 highest named peaks in Nevada, as well as the highpoint of Mineral County. The location, coupled with height and surrounding terrain, make the view from the summit nothing short of spectacular.

The line of sight on a clear day exceeds 130 miles, encompassing Sierra peaks south of the Palisades on one side all the way to peaks near the north end of the Sierra beyond Reno. Countless mountain ranges in the Great Basin are visible to the north, east, and south; from Tohakum Peak near Pyramid Lake to the Kawich Range north of the Nevada Test Site. With the exception of the Sweetwater Range 30 miles to the west, the nearest peaks of similar height are on the Sawtooth Crest almost 50 miles away.

Covering over 40 square miles at its base, massive Mt. Grant takes up a fair amount of real estate, at this time mostly owned by the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot (by some accounts the largest such facility in the world). The flanks are cut by several roads, one of which leads to 11,000' just below the peak. Access to the summit is controlled by the Depot, and since 9/11/01 this has been restricted. See the "Red Tape" section below for details.

Wildlife thrives on Mt. Grant, with notables including Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and the occasional feral horse. A significant portion of the mountain is above piƱon treeline, and various high-altitude conifer species have found homes on these upper reaches.

The summit is actually a sharp ridge of large 3rd Class talus (~200') that stretches for a few hundred yards. The "official" summit elevation was recorded at a survey point some ~50' lower than the true high point, making Mt. Grant slightly higher in actuality than the USGS admits. Before 9/11/01 a summit register was located at the top, but the current status is unknown.

Much like the Cascade Volcanoes, Mt. Grant's solitary and imposing nature results in the "creates its own weather" phenomenon. High winds in the vicinity of the peak are common; in fact, many sections of the summit ridge are swept clean of any loose material smaller than golf balls --- attesting to the ferocious nature of the airflow along the surface.

Get There!

Due to the sheer size of the mountain, several route possibilities exist for the hiker. Again, because practically the entire area is owned by the military, permission to access must be gained (see "Red Tape" section below). Of course, the road itself may be driven up (from the NE side), but we are talking hiking here.

To climb "from the base", the shortest routes are on the west side, and are accessed via high-clearance/4wd dirt roads. The "trailheads" would be either Baldwin Canyon or Lapon Canyon, with the hike starting somewhere around ~7000'-8000'. The closest pavement to either of these locations (about 25 miles) is NV State Hwy 338 north of Bridgeport, CA. From Bridgeport, CA State Hwy 182 is taken north for ~15.5mi over the state line to the East Walker/Sweetwater Road. This graded dirt road is followed east for ~15mi into Fletcher Basin and a 4-way dirt intersection. A turn to the north is made, and the road is followed for either ~4mi (for Baldwin Canyon access) or ~10.5mi (for Lapon Canyon access). Due to the nature of the access and hike, skill in using a topographic map is essential for not only navigating to the "trailhead" areas (as far up the canyons that you are able/willing to drive), but also for finding the way in to the peak. There are no sources of water on the peak from this approach.

Climbs from the much lower (~4500'-5000') east side have been done, but are quite steep and strenuous. A walk along the access road up Cottonwood Creek from the town of Walker Lake would involve over 10mi one-way, but would be easy terrain for the most part and include running water most of the way.

Get Legal! --- Red Tape

All of these roads involve locked gates; during times of low security, access is obtained by contacting the Base personnel, signing a waiver, and picking up a key. However, since 9/11/01, access has been restricted, and it is currently unknown when it will be relaxed.

UPDATE April 2015: The Reno Gazette Journal reports that the Army is actually going to open 'the gate' to Mt. Grant for hikers:

Get Scheduled! --- When To Climb

The comparatively mild snow conditions of the Great Basin offer an extended dayhiking season for those who don't like to gear up for major winter alpine adventures. Climbs should be done with at least waterproof boots and gaiters if there is light snow.

Mt. Grant can accumulate more snow than most other Great Basin peaks, so take this into account when doing an off-season expedition. While the snow generally melts quickly off the ridges, some areas (such as N aspects) can harbor decent accumulations of powder usually overlain with a light crust (@^$@*&!!!).

Summer hikes should always involve lots of water, as the evaporation rates get quite high in Nevada.

There are a few lower-altitude water sources on this peak --- however, the feral horses, cows, and deer have the run of the springs, so make sure you treat it thoroughly (i.e. boil, etc)! I say always bring your own....

Times of high snow accumulation and/or muddy conditions will hamper driving efforts on the dirt road sections. Have high-clearance and 4WD (and know how to use it) if you go during a potentially stormy day.

Get the Goods! --- Lodging, Food, Gas

Camping is, of course, free on any BLM land. The nearest lodging, food, or gas available would be in Bridgeport, CA; Yerington, NV; or Hawthorne, NV.

Get Lucky! --- Mountain Conditions

Like most Great Basin peaks, this one requires creative research and a lot of guessing to determine current conditions!

Regional weather may be found by looking up the Hawthorne or Yerington, Nevada forecasts.

Additions and Corrections

[ Post an Addition or Correction ]
Viewing: 1-8 of 8    
DeanLapon Canyon road


Voted 10/10

No longer driveable to Monarch Mine. Park at 7000 foot level and walk from there.
Posted Jul 2, 2008 2:23 pm


Hasn't voted

Copy that, bearbnz should add it to his Route page.
Posted Jul 2, 2008 7:55 pm
yosemite4Mt. Grant to open to hikers


Hasn't voted

The Reno Gazette Journal reports that the Army is actually going to open 'the gate' to Mt. Grant for hikers:


Thanks Bob Sumner for the update.
Posted Apr 23, 2015 9:32 pm
hgrapidRe: Mt. Grant to open to hikers


Hasn't voted

I think this needs to be addressed on the Mount Grant page
Posted Apr 24, 2015 1:48 pm
sanpeteMt. Grant and Marines

Hasn't voted

I was stationed at Marine Barricks Hawthorn, Nev. Navel Ammo plant. At that time it was a Navy base and Marines garuded the place. We trained other Marines on Mt. Grant. I seen some of the bigst mule deer I have ever seen.A little side note here. The Mineral Co. sheriffe was very mean to me. All of this was because the got me on radar doing 135 MPH in a 35 mile speed limit.
Posted May 10, 2015 4:35 pm
LynkeusCottonwood Trail


Hasn't voted

The town of Walker Lake has no public parking, and there is no parking lot at the gate. The hillbillies are hostile to tourists and chase them with their dogs. The gate at 4600 ft, 1500 feet after the end of the paved Cottonwood Drive, is part of a fence made of steel bars, that stretches down to the left into a steep canyon and is anchored to the right into the sheer vertical rocks. A barbed wire runs on top. The gate is locked. A bullet-riddled notice interdicts vehicle traffic. Nevertheless, they obviously expect people to conquer this obstacle somehow, because 1000 feet BEHIND the gate there is a kiosk that gives information about the wildlife and displays a detailed map of the trail system. A notice says that by entering this military area you implicitly consent to being searched upon demand by military personnel. No prior permit is required. The distance to the top at 11239 ft is 17 miles one way. The trail is an easy road that can be hiked year round.
Posted Dec 8, 2015 1:30 pm
ScottySRe: Cottonwood Trail


Hasn't voted

That's some awesome commentary there. I suppose that parking at the public beach and hiking another mile or so won't add much to the total. Plus, my pal Mackenzie informs me that the real way to hike Mt. Grant is to start with your toes in Walker Lake. My reply has always been that starting at the El Cap coffee counter would be the final word in epic, where Grant is concerned.
Posted Dec 8, 2015 2:25 pm
pBergnearby camping


Hasn't voted

Wanted to share this info cuz I couldn't find it anywhere as I planned to attend this year's Mt Grant Challenge...

Motels and empty parking lots aren't the only places to camp nearby! Just north of Cotton Wood Drive along Hwy 95, there are 3 BLM campgrounds: Twenty Mile Beach Campground, Tamarack Campground, Sportsmans Beach. Each is $6 per night, and each is a 10min drive to Cotton Wood Drive. They each have ample signage along Hwy 95. You can't miss them.

See Walker Lake in the Carson City District: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/recreation/camping.html
Posted Sep 12, 2016 9:26 pm

Viewing: 1-8 of 8