Mount Davidson (NV) Climber's Log

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GlennD - Aug 29, 2020 9:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2020

NV Co HP #8  Sucess!

Up via the telephone pole road in Spanish ravine. Also hit Ophir Hill, Mt Bullion and Butler Pk. Descended xc down Butler’s east ridge.


RNOHKR - Apr 14, 2018 5:50 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2018

My First County High Point  Sucess!

Beautiful sunny spring day from Virginia City. Scenic ridgeline from Ophir Hill. Somewhat technical at the top. Great views all around. My first Great Basin Listed Peak and first County High Point in NV. Descended via the telephone line. Very loose and rocky there.


yadahzoemtn - Jan 26, 2018 9:41 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2017

Did it the hard way for sure  Sucess!

Fun trip bagging Nevada County High Points

notthedevil - Sep 8, 2017 6:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2017

NV hp no 2!  Sucess!

Mrs and I decided to top off Storey County today. Parked at the courthouse and hit the summit at 1130am. Very steep sometimes, but manageable. Lots of smoke all around, but the view of Reno and Washoe valley was neat.


boisedoc - Jun 27, 2017 1:06 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017

short excursion  Sucess!

made a quick trip down from Reno to hike up this. Overall, pretty underwhelming except the view of the Sierra. Spanish ravine was not terribly enjoyable. Virginia City itself is sort of interesting and worth a visit. This peak probably only for dedicated COHPers and P2Kers


Moogie737 - May 30, 2017 2:00 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2017

And then to Ophir Hill  Sucess!

#1 5-27-17 w/ Yadahzoe after bagging East Peak in the morning. What a contrast: all snow on East Peak, zero white stuff on Davidson. We made the mistake of asking local people gathered for a Memorial Day weekend parade where the water towers were and they pointed us to the 3 nearby at the south end of town, near Gold Hill. So we hiked up to them, found a contouring unmaintained road and walked it north until seeing a sandy narrow trail heading straight up to the west. We took it for a few miserable minutes and then simply bushwhacked upward through the sagebrush and a few rocky areas until reaching the summit. The flagpole was there but no flag. Then strolled over to Ophir Hill. The road coming down from there to merge with the Spanish Ravine road is simply horrible: steep, loose, rocky and rutted.


scgrant - Dec 5, 2016 10:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2016

Davidson  Sucess!

Hiked up from Virginia City. This was Nv CoHP #12/17.

trexkerry - Nov 9, 2015 1:28 am Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2015

5 peak day  Sucess!

Collected Middle Hill, Ophir Hill, Davidson, Bullion and Butler on a fine November day, some snow on the north facing slopes added to the fun.


davidsanger - Aug 12, 2015 1:17 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015

via Ophir  Sucess!

via Ophir Hill. Did not take telephone pole route but stayed right on wider dirt/rock road up to and along the ridge past a subsidiary antenna structure up to main towers and rocks on Ophir. Then down to the saddle following the obvious route to Davidson

On the descent cut cross country down to telephone poles and descended. Saw three wild horses quietly grazing.


fedak - Feb 16, 2015 12:45 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2015

Spanish Ravine  Sucess!

With Ophir and Bullion. 8th NV County highpoint.
Beautiful warm day and passed a herd of wild horses on the slopes of Bullion.

Pics and commentary are here.


Pharmacist - Dec 2, 2014 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2014

from Virginia City  Sucess!

with the family. Nice weather. some muddy spots on the way down.


mtbaxter - Sep 16, 2014 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2014

Second Time Up  Sucess!

Later this day I would see Eric Kassan's completion of Nevada's county prominence HP list on Virginia Peak, so I joined him in the morning to also climb Mt Davidson.

Years ago I did a direct assault from Virginia City via the big V. This time we used the Spanish Ravine/ powerpole route.

Park in the lot near the outhouse with the crescent moon. Above at the right is the road that goes up Spanish ravine. Go past the water tank which will be on your left. Just past the hairpin turn where the road leaves the canyon going left is the start of the road directly under the power poles. Follow this to where the ravine ends in a shallow basin just before the ridge. Here the poles and its road end as well, as the cables now go underground. Keep going up this basin westward to the gentle saddle and the ridge where the road along the ridgeline will take you S then SE to the summit. A very short and easy rock scramble completes the ascent.


jpfister - Jan 21, 2014 7:17 am Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2013

Spanish Ravidne route  Sucess!

Lots of deer and wild horses.

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Jesus Malverde - Aug 31, 2013 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013

Main road up/Spanish Ravine down  Sucess!

Gentle hike with really nice views; an interesting contrast to the "beer-gut tourism" at the trail head. Ophir Hill is worth the hike over too. 7th Nevada county highpoint so far. Party on Wayne!


ericnoel - Jul 28, 2013 8:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2013

Davidson  Sucess!

Drove the Ophir Grade most of the way and then hiked the last half mile of craptastic road.


rstolting - Mar 28, 2013 5:24 pm

Re: Mid-night ascent

That was allot of fun. WHat is the next night ascent we are going to do?


sangus - Mar 20, 2013 1:10 pm Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2013

Mid-night ascent  Sucess!

Great views from the summit. Cold and windy on the summit.


rstolting - Mar 20, 2013 11:29 am Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2013

Mount Davidson at Night  Sucess!

Spur of the moment climb ended up as an nighttime climb to the top. It was pretty amazing to see the lights of Reno, Carson City, Genoa, Minden and Gardnervile, Silver Springs, Stagecoach, and Round Mountain all at the same time.


Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 3:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011

after Mt Grant  Sucess!

drove up? rental cars are nuts, aren't they?


McCannster - Aug 19, 2012 11:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

NV County HP # 4  Sucess!

Really windy up there, with threatening clouds nearby. Good to be in Nevada!

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