We followed the Richard Carey route posted at peakbagger.com and found it no cake walk. I'll post a trip report at a later date but I don't recommend this route if you don't have a vehicle that get doesn't get nervous. Our route included along the way two descents that added almost 600 feet to the effort both ways and lots of ticks on the way back. The wind was so strong on the summit that I practically had to crawl over to touch the highest spot. My partner on this one was Ken Jones and it was our third Black Rock desert summit of our trip. Saw a herd of over 20 wild horses on our way out.
I had never gained so much elevation in such a short distance. The slope was relentlessly steep, but I had a blast on this peak. I had wanted to climb it since I first spotted it in 2000. Good weather, somewhat hazy views, and great fun. Took about 5 hours round trip.
No wind on this early morning climb. The sky was hazy so I didn't spot Mt. Shasta, but did see as far as Lassen Peak & Mount Rose.
A nice climb. There was very little wind, but the sky was really hazy.
Climbed solo on a dayhike out of Sacramento (really long drive!). The day was very clear and cold. My car said it was 3 degrees in Gerlach but about 19 at the trailhead. The dirt roads leading to the trailhead were all still in good shape. There was one portion where a low profile car may hit bottom but it should be passable.
There was just enough snow on the upper slopes to be very annoying. I could make out Shasta, Lassen, King Lear and dozens of other peaks nearby. Maybe it was the time of year I was on the peak, but I only saw three animals all day, birds included. It was so quiet and still that I was a little creeped out. The feeling of solitude was intense. Most of the time the only thing I could hear was my heart pounding from the steepness of the ascent.
I was able to bypass most of the class 3 climbing by staying left on the ascent. I'm just not comfortable on class 3 when soloing in the middle of nowhere. Stan Wilkinson's register entry got me thinking of how easy it can be to get hurt. This far out, a busted foot could really be a problem... The register is still on the west summit and has plenty of space.
Overall a really fun peak with awesome views.
Climbed on a perfect (if a little warm) day with Stan Wilkinson. Only snow left on the plateau and north slopes higher up. The radio tower site is not the true summit (unless you climb the tower), look for the register at the true peak. Water running in every gully made plenty of noise on the ascent. One deceased Bighorn Sheep was encountered. Could see Shasta, Lassen, and Job's/Freel from the summit! Lots of water in the Black Rock playa as well.
Very nice hike/scramble, with some cool slabs part way up the ridge, and excellent views the whole way. Climbed Tule Peak in the afternoon, a thoroughly enjoyable day.