Excellent job on this page!
Have a good one.
Thank you, your remarks and vote is appreciated. Utah and Nevada have a lot of great stuff. The local washingtonians think I'm a traitor to our own mountains but hey, all mountains are awesome.
Thanks Bill. How about an airplane ride over this one?
Outstanding job. This is by far the best collection of information I've ever come across for this peak. It's been in my sights for a couple years now, but finding any decent info on the web or in books is tough. Great job, and thanks!
Follow up, June 2005: We used your reeport and info to have a successful day out on the peaks. Thx again!
Scott, thank you. You have just validated my purpose for putting this one up. Nice to return the favor since I've read so many of your reports in the past that have been helpful to me. Dennis and i looked at doing this from the Geyser ranch route initially but felt that making Grafton the main target and the county highpoint the secondary one, would serve both peakbaggers and county highpointers equally.
Be aware that the high point of the county isn't at where the cairn is located, its about 120 feet lower.
Both Dennis and I came to this conclusion separately and found that Richard Carey also felt the same. The difference of course is the advantage of having WAAS GPS co-ordinates to begin with. The first guys to do this one most likely did it all from map and compass which means they did pretty well without the advanced technology of today. If you come from the north creek approach, it might be more apparent than the Geyser ranch approach. Still, it is necessary to go to the cairn to sign the register.
Anyway, thanks for all your great reports and pics, you've been a big help in my county quests.
Obviously I missed this nice addition...
Great page Dean!
Thanks Radek. This was the last mountain I did of a 5 day swing through Nevada last October. It was also the mountain that screwed up my knee so it has a fond place in my memory banks. I still had three more peaks on tap to do but I had to cut the trip short and run for home and my physical therapist.
Dennis Poulin went on to finish the rest of the state's county highpoints. And that was probably more than you wanted to know. : - )
This is great. Even in Nevada Mt. Grafton is all but unknown. It is not in a National Forest or National Park and is usually overlooked as people rush to more populat areas. Only negative thing to say is that Mt. Grafton is not the highest mountain on BLM land in the lower 48. Ibapah Peak in Utah is higher and also on BLM land and although I am not familiar with most areas of Colorado I seem to remember that there are some 14,000 footers in the San Juans that are also on BLM land.
If you are correct in what you say about Mt. Grafton, I will be happy to change it. My source of info on the "Highest in USA" comment was made by Richard Carey, one of the most prolific climbers of desert peaks in the west. See his commentary on his climb of Mt. Grafton here. He even put his statement in bold print. I had read another source that said the same thing but for the life of me I can't find that to refer you to.
It is good to correct this since Ibapah is on BLM, then the Carey statement is inaccurate and I'll need to correct that.
As far as Colorado is concerned, if what you indicate is true, I'll be more than happy to change my comment to "the highest peak on BLM land in Nevada.
It was tough researching Mt. Grafton as there isn't much info available on it but I love the Nevada and Utah mountain areas and will be spending more and more time on them. In fact, Loafer peak in your backyard is on my tick list along with Santaguin, Spanish Fork and Provo peaks.
One last thing, I am somewhat fascinated by the fact that you were the first to give my effort 3 stars. How can I improve it in your eyes?
Dean, you did a great job! Thanks. Arvy
Thanks Arvy. Glad to see you join summitpost and look forward to some of your neat pics and trip reports on your Nevada efforts.