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Shingle Peak will be coming soon Shingle Peak is the second loneliest peak I've climbed in Nevada. Only two people have signed the register on it in eleven years and Dennis and I doubled the visitation by our visit. Why? I can think of a few answers.
1. There is no information on this one anywhere on the net.
2. There is no trail and route finding is really important.
3. It is very brushy and probably not a good place to visit during tick season.
There are some good reasons to visit it though:
1. It has almost 2900 feet of prominence.
2. It ranks 74th on the most prominent peaks in Nevada list.
3. It is now going to be easier due to the information you will find on this
Located about 30 miles south of Lund Nevada and just off of highway 318, it has fairly easy access as will be explained below in the getting there section.
The origin of the name comes from perhaps the appearence of the cliff areas which might have appeared to look by like "shingles" welded together as observed from below. There is no information regarding the name and I couldn't find any mine in the area or ranch that was named after that name.
From Las Vegas, head north to Alamo and be sure to gas up either in Alamo or Ash Springs. From Alamo, it is close to 90 miles to the turn off for the Shingle Pass road just a few miles north of the Sunnyside rest area (which is on the left- see Benchmark map book).
A waypoint for the turn off (I can't remember seeing a sign) is 38.5204 115.0247 (nad 27) on the east side of highway 318. A good graded road heads east into the canyon and watch for a turn off into the corral at Shingle Spring about 5 and a third miles from highway 318. A forest service sign will be passed on the way in. The road will continue on up to Shingle Pass if you miss the corral/spring area but you shouldn't miss either the southern or northern driveway into the spring area. Park in this area (but away from the water tank) as this becomes the trailhead for the hike.
From the north, head southwest out of Ely on US 6 and take highway 318 past Lund about 24 miles to the same waypoint coordinates as shown above. If you pass the Sunnyside rest area, you've gone too far.
There is another way to the trailhead by going over Patterson Pass from US 93 but we found our way by studying our Benchmark Map book for this way and normally wouldn't recommend this unless you have a high clearance truck although the road could be driven by a passenger vehicle in most conditions.
Leave the trailhead at the corral area and head towards the drainage of Sawmill canyon. Dennis Poulin has been kind enough to provide his GPS track map on peakbagger and if you'll take the time to study his track on that map,
you will find the route as described below:
After leaving the the trailhead as mentioned above, contour over to the drainage and begin following it uphill for the next 2.25 miles during which you will gain close to 1600 feet of elevation. There is no trail but we found that the brush was not a stopper and found ways to weave in and around it. We saw plenty of stumps in the drainage and short sections of what might have been a road in the far distant past as this area had been logged. You will see what I mean if you enter this drainage canyon yourself. Just keep making your way up the drainage until you reach the 7900 foot level. At this point, you need to get onto the ridge that you see in Dennis's track and begin the steep 2000' climb to the summit. This ridge worked well and by staying on it, we found the going very manageable and the footing good.
Dennis Poulin peakbagger trip report and GPS track
The peak is located on National Forest Service land and more information can be obtained by contacting:
Amery Sifre, Acting District Ranger
825 Avenue East
Ely, NV 89301
The Ely Ranger District makes up 1.1 million acres of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and extends over three Nevada counties: Nye, White Pine and Lincoln. Ely, Nevada, located in the heart of the District, is the nearest town and houses the District office.
The District lies approximately 240 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada, via I-15, state highway 93, 318 and 6; and 190 miles south of Elko, Nevada, via I-80 and state highway 93.
Climbing and weather:
I'd recommend climbing this when it is snow free which could be any month of the year. The best time would be late spring to sometime in the fall before the first snows but I'd avoid the peak during thunderstorms.
The Ely Ranger district offers this information about the climate:
"Summer temperatures range from 30F lows to 90F highs with some monsoonal rains during July and August. Fall temperatures range from 20F lows to 80F highs and receive rainfall and snow showers. Winter brings moderate snowfall and extreme temperatures that can drop to below -20F or rise to above 60F. Spring temperatures are similar to fall, with some rain and snow."
Lund Nevada Weather forecast
There is no organized campground in the area but car camping is possible in many spots. Try and utilize the "leave no trace" ethics and try and use places that others have used prior to your visit. Motels are available in Ely and Las Vegas. We car camped near the corral during our visit.
Why we wanted this peak:
Both Dennis and I had attemped to get this peak back in October 2013 but an early season snowstorm shut the mountain down for us as we car camped near the Sunnyside rest area. When we awoke in the morning we saw lots of new snow and decided to head south for some lower mountains and snow free hiking. We then headed down to do Silver Benchmark and the Seaman Range Highpoint and others leaving the snow zone behind us. So a year later, we were back in October to attempt Shingle once again but this time keeping our fingers crossed that snow would not factor into our plans.
Shingle was important in another way, it would be the second to last peak that Dennis would need to complete his quest to summit all of the legal 2000 foot prominence peaks in Nevada. He had 165 of the 167 needed and by getting to the top of this one, he would tie the longtime pioneer and leader of Nevada prominence peakbagging, John Vitz. It was John Vitz who first climbed this one back in 2003 and until 2012 had been the only one who we knew in the prominence peakbagging ranks that had done it. Greg Jagielski joined him when he climbed the mountain in 2012.
For me, it would be my 152nd Nevada 2000 foot prominence peak and would be a key peak in my own personal goal to get up to where John Vitz and Dennis were.
I also considered it a bit of a vendetta peak since the weather had foiled us the year before. Chasing the Nevada prominence list has been filled with so many special adventures and has taken me to the nooks and crannies of a history filled state that still felt like the Pony Express and mining towns had just happened. Most people think that Nevada is just a big desert and yet they really haven't a clue to the riches of scenery and surprises that keeps me heading back. No, when I finish the Nevada prominence list, I won't be finished with Nevada, I love the place. You would too if you'd been able to see and visit all the places I have in the past 10 years.