Ward Mountain is a prominent mountain located just south of Ely. It is the highpoint of the Egan Range. By Nevada standards, this mountain is practically in an urban setting. The town of Ely is nearby, there is a Forest Service campground at the northern base of the range, and a fairly good road goes all the way to the summit. Ward Mountain actually has two highpoints. The south highpoint with the road to it is the true summit, but there is also a prominent north highpoint that is slightly lower. The northern portion of Ward Mountain is located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The north highpoint is designated as “Ward” on the Forest Service map. The south highpoint, or true summit, isn’t even mentioned on the map, but is designated by “Ward Small Cairn 2” on the topo map. The southern boundary of the national forest crosses directly over the south summit. The road that leads to the summit is not in the national forest. The Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historical Park is located on the eastern slopes of the mountain.
From Ely, drive seven miles south on US Highway 50/6/93 to Cave Valley Road. Turn right onto this well-graded dirt road, and drive several miles to this intersection, which is marked by a “Ward Historic Mining District” sign. Turn right, and drive on this good road to this unmarked intersection. The main road continues west a short distance, then dead-ends near some abandoned buildings. Turn right at the intersection, and follow the main road as it winds its way up the southeast slopes of Ward Mountain. This appears to be mainly an ATV route. You should take a topo map with you so you can follow all the twists and turns of the road, but you basically stay on what appears to be the main road. The road is in fairly good condition, but a high-clearance vehicle is still necessary. We parked at this saddle and walked the rest of the way up on the road, but 4WD vehicles can probably make it all the way to the top.
The road to Ward Mountain appears to be open to the public. There are no locked gates or no trespassing signs anywhere along the route.
Camping is available at the nearby Ward Mountain Forest Service Campground, and the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park.
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