After blowing my tire the day before on Tobin and being on my spare I decided to do Cone BM on the drive back to SL because of paved access.
From Battle Mountain I followed Nv 806 north out of town for about 6.5 miles until the pavement ended. At this point I was only about 3.5 air miles from the summit of Cone, so I figured this would be a great starting point. From there I followed a really good dirt road generally heading west towards the peak to the base of the mountain and then a combination of mining roads and steep cross country got me to the top of the plateau. From where I gained the top of the plateau I was still about a mile from the summit. The snowdrifts on top of the plateau were fairly deep in parts and I was doing some knee deep postholing most of the way to the base of the peak. From the base it is an easy scramble to the top. Crystal clear day with fantastic views from the top. For my descent I basically just retraced my steps knowing the way I went up worked out great.
We followed Richard Carey's directions for our ascent. Beautiful day! It was 73 degrees in Battle Mountain when we came back down.
We managed to get to the summit and off of it before a storm came in and did a major rain dump. We were fortunate to get totally off of the dirt roads before they became mud traps. The brief time at the summit wasn't rewarded with views like we normally have but of the fast moving weather system that chased us away.
We did find a register as well as the "Cone" benchmark.