Still lots of snow up there. I had to park about a mile and a half and 600 vertical feet below the trailhead. I climbed a wide couloir on the southwest face, and it turned out to be a fun direct way to the summit. Round trip time was about 4 hours, with about an hour of that spent on the road approach.
Would have been a great sunrise if it wasn't for all the clouds from nowhere! Ran into 2 local hunters just below the summit and even they said "What did you hear as the weather forcast?" Back down to the campground just as the kids were getting out of the tent for breakfast. Pictures and map of route on webpage http://www.willhiteweb.com/nevada_climbing/ely/north_schell_peak_022.htm
Reached summit via Timber Creek. Gorgeous hike despite the high winds, with most wildflowers still in bloom. With all the aspens, Timber Creek would be beautiful in autumn.
A very nice hike. There were lots of bright purple wildflowers. Did this peak, then went for Boundary and White Mountain Peak the following days.
Dusting of snow and very cold with windchill on the ridge. Very pretty though. We spotted a herd of elk, but they were far away. Our slideshow is here: North Schell Peak hike
Nice hike with SPer Dean. Lots of wildflowers.
Dennis and I had parked our trucks just off the road near the girl scout camp area and hiked from there. 3 miles with 3000 feet of effort. An enjoyable hike and an excellent view summit. A register (totally jammed full) and Benchmark were found. I really enjoyed this hike, lots of great scenery and a few bristlecone pines on an adjacent slope.
Ten members of LVMC (Las Vegas Mountaineers Club) climbed North Schell from Timber Creek. Then we proceeded south over the ridgeline and Taft Peak to South Schell, then down to Berry Creek, where a shuttle car was parked.
South Schell is really the more impressive mountain; the north route is class 2 (woohoo!) with an easy but serrated quartzite edge. Taft is a lump on the way, with no register (that we could find).
The ridge varies in difficulty; at least half the time, one has to boulder-hop among watermelon-sized quartzite blocks. The weather exposure is total; the traverse is over 11000' at all times, over 6 miles long, and there are just a few scraggly conifers on the sides. If lightning might be a possibility, don't try the traverse.
The area was a lot nicer than I expected -- good views east to Moriah and SE to Wheeler, SW to Ward and Currant. The Timber and Berry drainages were lush and had running water (though I'm told these steams are normally just trickles).
North Schell was the seventh of eight 5000-foot+ prominence peaks (also known as Ultra-prominences) that I climbed in eight consecutive days in early September 2004. In order they were as follows. In Utah: Flat Top Mtn, Mt. Nebo, Ibapah Peak, Deseret Peak, Mt. Timpanogos, and in Nevada: Wheeler Peak, North Schell, and Star Peak. I was joined on Flat Top, Ibapah, and Deseret by my great friend Dean Molen. One of the more memorable and enjoyable trips of my life!
A large and impressive Great Basin mountain.