With Fred Genske.
We drove a stock 4WD F-150 to the 4WD trailhead shown on the USFS map with little problem. From there, it's a pretty short hike. Expansive views all the way. Awesome.
Backpacked into upper Pine Creek and summited next morning. We saw hawks, a falcon, bighorn rams, and wild horses near the middle summit. We also found an excellent arrowhead high on the plateau. Heavy rain on the way in, Pine Creek had water high up in this historic drought year followed by a rainy summer. Pine Creek is lush, beautiful and full of aspens. I probably be back for a third ascent someday!
Started well below Jefferson Pass, and bushwhacked my way up to the ridge. From there it was a pretty uneventful walk along road and trail to the top. Still enjoyed it though.
Having climbed Jefferson a year ago (South Summit), I decided to go back and get the rest. First was the East Summit, 11,372'. There was a register and only one signature, Bob Sumner's. Now there are two. I went from there to the Middle Summit, 11,686', and there was also a register. From here I continued north to the North Summit, 11,814', and no register was to be found. I returned across the broad plateau and gained the South Summit ridge from the north west and traversed along the ridge to the South Summit at 11,941' and again the register was missing. It was there last year. Total mileage for the trip was 22.2 miles, taking just over 12 hours start to finish. Beautiful day, dozens of big horn sheep, and some wild horses, too.
Just a walk up a jeep road. Meh. Trip report.
Pretty uneventful hike from Jefferson Summit. Altitude bothered me a bit as I came from sea level that morning. Road was in good shape... no prob getting my Outback up there. Great views.
Dry and hot, poor air quality due to Bison an Mt Charleston fires. I would have preferred to hike this peak earlier in the season with some weather and snow on the ground. Drive in as far as you can, hiking from the saddle up a straight steady grade for 2 miles along a barren wind swept ridge with limited vistas is not particularly compelling.
Hiked this one with Steven Stembridge and Al Sandorff. Steven drove the 4WD road to within about 2 air miles from the peak, cutting the hiking mileage about in half. I took a tumble off the trail onto a steep bouldery side slope at about 11,300 feet and 8 hours later ended up the most amazing, deep purple, 4-inch diameter bruise I've ever had in my life (just above my left hip).
Beautiful day, but windy. The drive in was uneventful. The road was good all but maybe the last mile, and a high clearance vehicle would be the most one would need. We started out from Jefferson Summit. Nearly all the snow was gone except for a patch on the south east face, which won't last long. Outstanding views all around. We camped at the meadow on the right fork of the Y intersection. Wild iris were in abundance, and there was a spring fed pipe with running water (filter or boil first).
drove up to 9400ft and dashed up to the summit. Nice fall day with no snow yet. I surprised 9 bighorn on the summit
Came up from the Jefferson summit road to the south. Were within a half mile and 500 vertical feet of the south summit when we turned back. Deep snow (couple of feet) became impassable for the dogs. It was a light snow year, but there was a last, powerful, storm that went through during the two days before and dumped. Made the expansive views gorgeous, however. Went with Greg, Sage & Abby.
I traversed the summit plateau cresting North, South and the nominal Middle summits. Saw tons of bighorn sheep. Camped in the pass to the south that night, seasoned steak with sage brush and drank angel creek amber beer (deluxe meal!), also found a scorpion approaching our camp fire despite being around 10,000' elevation.
Hiked up to the south summit from Jefferson pass.
Nice walk, very little snow still
Kept going on to Middle and North Summits. Spotted a large herd of Desert Bighorn Sheep just south of Middle Summit.
I made an overnighter out of this hike. Climbed the South Summit on the first day and continued North atop the ridge camping by Barker Creek. The second day I returned to the ridge and continued North past the North Summit and then down into a river valley where I bushwhacked for a few hours on what was supposed to be a trail. If you find this route in Mike White's "Backpacking Nevada" book it is listed as "Mt. Jefferson Loop" Please take my advise and don't try to make this hike a loop. The North part of the loop no longer exists. The trail is completely overgrown with thorn bushed. There are faint traces of a trail that I would guess hasn't been hiked in more than 10 years (probably more like 20). The only way I would recommend doing the North loop is with a very large machete.
final peak of my 5 peak road trip, and it was the best. great scenery and a nice hike. camped at jefferson saddle and hiked in from there. wish i had brought more water and some food, since it looked like the north summit was an easy hike only several miles away when on the s summit. maybe next time. beautiful area and lots of other great hikes around
Hiked w/ Bob Burd, Adam Jantz, and Bill Peters. Great day, just enough snow to make it annoying...
Started the hike at the Pine Creek campground (which is free and very pleasant) and followed the creek for a number of miles up the drainage. Eventually we found a snow covered gully that we ascended for about 2000 vertical feet then followed an undulating snow covered ridge over to the south summit. Great views in all directions. Still some large cornices hanging off the ridges as well!