My wife thought I was going to go skiing again as I put my skiis in the van. I was planning a run up to Squaw Valley which is a bit of a drive from So. Lake Tahoe but I decided when I was ten miles out that maybe I'd rather grab a county highpoint instead and save some bucks. Since I had researched out Storey county's highpoint, Mount Davidson, I decided that I would go down to Virginia City and get a good little hike in.
In less than an hour, I was driving up main street in Virginia City and began my search to find the best place to hike up the hill from. A couple of the reports I had from Cohp.org had desribed driving up a 4WD road to near the summit but I wanted no part of that. I wanted to hike it and so I felt that the trip report that described hiking up from the center of town was the way I wanted to do it. The report described going up via the water tanks and a big V on the hill and so I followed Taylor Road to where I could park the vehicle and repeat the route put up by Adam Helman. Unfortunately for me, a huge dog seemed to be patrolling the area and it wasn't in the least friendly so I decided to let the dog have its way and I would find a different way up. I parked down on B street where it comes close to intersecting C street. A fenced-off pit area is obvious and I parked about 150 feet north of this pit on the west side of the road.
Immediately behind where I parked, I found a way up to the hillside that led me to an abandoned jeep track that I was able to follow for a fair distance before I started straight up the hill (according to my GPS) in the direction of the highpoint. I had parked at 6314 elevation so I knew I had 1550 feet to climb before I would reach the top. I could see a ridge to the north which separated my side of the hill from the side that Adam describes but I found a rudimentary path that was leading up the hill from the jeep road so I followed that rather than try and access the ridge and intersect the other route.
As I went up, I found that often I would take two steps up and slide back one. The ground is very rocky and loosely compacted. I soon found a way to avoid the backsliding and began to make good time. The town of Virginia City makes a unique backdrop as the sounds of the school yard and bells make you realize that you are never far from civilization. It took me about an hour to gain the point where the antenna towers came into view and my GPS indicated that I had gained a thousand feet of elevation. The last 500 feet went fairly rapidly and I found it an easy scramble to gain the summit area. I was greeted with outstanding views in all directions and it is obvious that Nevada has many mountain ranges as they seem to be all around you. The view back down to Virginia City was awesome and the town looked liked a toy set.
A tribute to the 9/11 firefighters had been painted onto a rock next to the largest pole on the summit by the Virginia City firefighters. Looking around for the highest spot, I soon found it and as I sat down to eat some energy bars, I found the register, safely placed in the rocks near the highest point. It was in a red can and the red can contained a glass jar with a register left by Gail Hanna, a San Diego CoHp'er. She had placed the register back in September and since her entry and my entry, two fairly recent entries had been made by some geocachers and some members of a 4x4 club.
I had time to call my wife on my cell phone as she wasn't aware of which that I had gone to Virginia City and found her less than happy that I hadn't taken her along so she could have 'shopped' while I was hiking Mt. Davidson. After the call I headed down. The last 1000 feet went pretty quickly as I could kind of boot glissade on the loose stuff most of the way down. I was back at the car in hardly no time at all.