Mt. Jefferson is also one of the sought after prominence peaks in Nevada as it ranks #3 on the list. It is also one of the highest peaks in Nevada, it stands out rather dramatically from valleys around it, giving it 5860 feet of prominence. This prominence puts it in an elite group of peaks in the USA that have a prominence of over 5000 feet and those can be seen on this neat MAP HERE. If you don't understand what prominence is all about, here is a good explanation. Adam Helman recently authored a book completely dedicated to prominence.
Good info, Dean. When I created the page I wasn't heavily into prominence stats, but I will add that info to this page (and my other NV pages).
Ascended 10/19/2014. Note that the road is severely eroded with deep ditches and large rocks from the "Y" in Meadow Canyon up to Jefferson Summit. Worst ditches are about a quarter-way to halfway up, while the worst rocks are near where it emerges onto the saddle. While its still ok for an off-road pickup or jeep, I wasn't willing to take my (rented) SUV up there.
Also, the four-wheel drive road leading north from Jefferson Summit divides multiple times, but doesn't deviate much, so you end up with several parallel tracks going towards the summit in a few places. The road fades out about where I presume the wilderness boundary is, but the sign marking it seems to have dissappeared (didn't see it, though did see a wooden post which I suspect once held it). From there, the trail seemed reasonably well marked given the remote location, especially in the areas where the ridge narrowed. In the wider flatter sections of the ridge, the trail tended to fade out, but usually the rock cairns marking the best route were easy to find.
Old building/antenna/etc at summit. Could not locate the register under any of the several piles of rocks near the high point, but did manage to locate a "terracache" (probably a geocache).
If there was a sign for Meadow Canyon Road it is no longer present. The road at the 5 mile mark north of Belmont that might have been Meadow Canyon Road was nothing more than a two wheel rut in the grass that automatically required high clearance as soon as you left the broad dirt road.
For those interested in doing more research on the Pre-Columbian settlement of Alta Toquima located in the Alta Toquima Wilderness, here are some archeological reports/publications:
1. The 1981 Alta Toquima Village Project: A Preliminary Report
Dr. David Hurst Thomas, Desert Research Institute and American Museum of Natural History, September 1981, 117 pages
2. Alta Toquima, Why Did Foraging Families Spend Summers at at 11,000 Feet?, David Hurst Thomas, Archaeology in the Great Basin and Southwest, Papers in Honor of Don D. Fowler, 2013, 11 pages
3. Exploring and Explaining Alta Toquima: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get, David Hurst Thomas, The SAA Archeological Record (Society for American Archaeology), Volume 14, No. 3, May 2014, pgs 32-37