Via Little Smith Valley I hit the CoHP first and then on to Middle Sister. I thought this was a phenomenal route and hike. Nv CoHP #16/17. I also did Mt Patterson later in the day, the highpoint of the Sweetwater Range.
Parked a mile before the corral and walked up the rocky road and then the wash/streambed. Signed all three registers: at the Lyon County highpoint, and the not-county-highpoint (the Von Schmidt marker) and at the summit of Middle Sister in California. Views obscured by hazy smoke from Sierra fires.
Light snow year so it was mostly bare ground this April.
Tagged the county HP liner en route.
I will give some helpful hints about this peak. Road 050 has two entrances from Highway 338; I think the north entrance is better (and quicker) than the south entrance. At the point where they join and become one road there were a coule of large seasonal drainage dips which might give smaller vehicles trouble. The rest of Road 050 would be passable for most street-legal vehicles, though. The corral road is a bad road. I would only recommend driving it to the corrals if you have 4WD *and* high-clearance.
Finding the gully was easy using EE's directions. As the gully opens up, there is a faint animal track leading from the gully interior which ends up running parallel on the rightside approximately 20' higher than the center of the gully. That track stays out of the brushy areas and leads right into the vast open meadow area. Continue straight up the meadow area, keeping the trees to your immediate leftside. At approximately 9800', the ground changes to rocky sand (two steps forward, one step back in certain places) which is much easier, faster, and fun to descend than ascend. I reached the actual ridge crest at a small 10200' saddle. Reaching the summit was easy, as was finding the rock outcrop for Lyon CoHP. I was apparently the first visitor this year.
I hiked this one with Steven Stembridge, John Tennert, and Justin McEwen. We got to the summit as well as the Lyon County, NV highpoint.
Stopped by the Lyon COPH and Von Schmidt line on the way to the summit. Nice area. I was feeling a little uninspired so we didn't try for any of the other peaks in the area. Ran into a bonafide cowboy on an ATV at the trailhead. His tent was sherdded by a black bear the night before. He claimed he had a man eating dog... Hiked with Greg D
Took the north ridge up to Peak 9715 and then continued on to East Sister. (This route is completely mahogany free and not a bad alternative to the East/Middle saddle if you are looking to avoid a bushwack)
Didn't find the mahogany between East and Middle all that bad- but I only had to pass through it once and was able to better see the breaks from above. In general you want to stick to the west (Little Smith Valley side of the ridge). With proper route selection you can bypass the mahogany entirely on the top half of the slope.
Didn't find the stateline marker, but didn't look for it too hard.
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Wasn't really feeling the area, until the weather moved in to provide some contrast.
We intended to do all three Sisters in one day. We left Sweetwater and climbed the ridge line all the way to the South Sister and then got to the Middle by 4:30pm. We decided to head back to the car which took 2.5 hours following deer tracks through the brush. We did the East Sister the next day via Ricky mine.
little smith route. tried to hike east sister after, but wasn't prepared for that much brush. called it a day.
Got 2 of the 3 Sisters, decided to throw in the towel between Middle and South due to very thick brush bringing yearning thoughts for a chainsaw.
Tagged all the named summits with Matthew in a North to South direction, then went back for Desert Creek Peak in the evening. Trip Report
Drove in on a very rough 4WD road from Desert Creek, almost all the way to Coyote Creek. Followed this road to the top of the ridge, then followed this rib to the summit. Passed over the summit to the state line and register cairn.
Dayhike traverse S->N starting at Lobdell Lk., and ending at Risue Rd. Picked up Wheeler, Patterson, So. Sister, Middle Sister en route.
This is a great peak to climb on a crisp, clear autumn day. Just a light dusting of new snow, with warm and calm conditions at the summit. Fantastic views across to the Sierras. Didn't see another person all day, and judging from the number of entries in the registers (at the Von Schmidt marker and the Lyon, NV county highpoint) this area is rarely visited.
A beautiful day hike and very easy cross country amid the sage, scree and rocks. Visited the summit, the Von Schmidt marker and the state line marker asd well as the Lyon County HP rock pile.
Traversed the Sweetwaters from Mt Patterson and Wheeler Peak to South and Middle Sisters. Found registers on the Von Schmidt marker and the knob just NE of the state line marker.
Great climb with a great partner. The weather was perfect.